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  •  Where are the stats that validate this theory? (9+ / 0-)

    If somebody asked me that, I would have replied "Why must Republicans stereotype everyone?"

    •  There is no stats (0+ / 0-)

      Polling shows that most atheists vote Democrat, but I'm just drawing on personal experience.  If you have some sort of data driven answer, I'd be happy to hear it.

      •  here's a testable hypothesis I think is correct: (12+ / 0-)

        The reason most atheists and agnostics vote D is because the R party has become infested with religious right extremism of the worst kind, and espousing that belief system has become a litmus test in the R party.

        If you don't subscribe to religious right extremism and don't want to lie about it, and don't want to live in an encroaching theocracy that will likely threaten your freedom of conscience, you don't vote for Rs.

        There are atheist R libertarians (hardcore Randians) and neocons (Karl Rove et.al.) but these are relative political minorities, and not a single one of them has a ghost's chance in a skeptic's convention of getting elected to public office above the level of dog-catcher.  

        There are also atheist gazillionaires who vote R because they are in positions where encroaching theocracy won't touch them, and they think they can buy their way out of getting sent to fundamentalist thought-reform camps, and they value their money more than the general principle of freedom of conscience for others.

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:26:56 AM PDT

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        •  Karl Rove is not an atheist (1+ / 0-)
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          He was taking out of context in a debate 10 years ago.

          Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

          by MrAnon on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:50:54 AM PDT

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          •  either way, use it for all it's worth. (1+ / 0-)
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            Since we're trying to get Rs to stay home from the polls, and since Rs tend to subscribe to religious extremism, calling Rove an atheist is perfectly acceptable.  Lump him in with Ayn Rand in passing, quote Rand's stuff about how she despised Jesus for being a "weakling," etc.

            Guilt by association? Hell yeah. So?

            Any tactic that isn't violent or seriously illegal, is OK.  

            "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 11:57:31 PM PDT

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            •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)

              We can paint the current Republican party as "anti-Christian" based on its hatred of the poor and cold attidute. We can quote scripture where Jesus said "it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God", etc.

              Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

              by MrAnon on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 09:08:00 AM PDT

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