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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington February 10, 2011. The CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags:
But this guy they love.
There is no smaller tent in America than the one pitched by the conservative "movement" at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) each year. And it keeps getting smaller.
Yesterday, CPAC organizers announced that they had changed their mind about inviting American Atheists to set up a booth at this year's conference, which will be held March 6-8 at National Harbor. The group's president said he was "really disappointed, but ... not at all surprised" by the reverse of their fortunes. "We were going to CPAC specifically to combat the notion that one must be Christian in order to be conservative. We wanted to bring that to the forefront."
Yes, but the Family Something Somethings of the conference had one of their hissy fits, the same kind that led to GOProud being similarly booted from the conference lest the conservative movement be seen catching the gay, and so the nice conservative atheists learned that no, you cannot in fact be a non-Christian conservative. It's not allowed. They really should write these things on the pamphlets, but they don't—it's all inclusion and pitching of big tents until someone tries to take them up on it, just like There Is No Racism At CPAC except when some irritating black person tries to bring it up.

You may ask, being very smart and/or attractive readers, how it is that a conservative movement in adoration of Ayn Rand can get so very skittish about being seen in the company of an atheist? You may ask this, dear reader, but it is because none of the people actually promoting Ayn Rand have been able to muddle through her various works anymore than the rest of us have, and because the religion of I've Got Mine, Screw You tops all other piffling theistic concerns. You won't ever be hearing the Family Something Somethings of the movement complain about that one. Not in a movement where you practically need to be indicted for something in order to get your ticket punched.

Originally posted to Hunter on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:20 PM PST.

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