Georgetown prof: We need our own candidate, fellow atheists

No other minority group in America needs its own candidate, but never mind that. He’s forging an “identity” of nonbelief here and what better way to say you’ve arrived as a collective consciousness than with your own vanity ticket? Fine by me, but only because most of the votes for atheist pride or whatever would be coming out of the Democrats’ pocket. Then again, the biggest concentrations of those voters would be in states which the left is going to win by 20 points anyway. I link it only to quote the author’s taxonomy of atheist subgroups, which I suspect wasn’t meant to sound as contemptuous as it does:

The flora and fauna of contemporary nonbelief is astonishingly variegated. There are the Big Science Secularists (who sometimes have a creepily cocksure, pre-postmodern, faith in the possibilities of reason). There are the Refugees who are escaping dysfunctional Fundamentalist homes. There are the Church-State Lifers who would rather immolate themselves than endure another breach of the Wall of Separation. There are The Philosopher Kings who are in it for intellectual thrills and who might be reading anything from Ayn Rand to Heidegger to the Death of God Theologians. There are The Lone Rangers who see “Stop” signs as infringements on their personal civil liberties and will ferociously resist being wrangled by any institution, organization, campaign, etc. There is a small–too small, I think–Gay contingent. There is The Lunatic Fringe composed of those who–speaking in secular tongues–equate all Evangelical Christians with the Taliban. And lots of others too. In previous posts, I have intimated that non-believing secularists need to make common cause with believing secularists. Before that occurs the groups mentioned above must be positioned, by force if necessary, under a big tent.

Sounds like a real chucklefest. Notably missing would be people who think religion is nonsense but lack any ulterior masturbatory hobbyhorse impelling them towards that conclusion. If they don’t comprise the majority of nonbelievers, if it’s just a patchwork of disgruntled naysayers with different kinds of chips on their shoulders, then it’s an impoverished movement indeed.

He also offers atheist congressman Pete Stark as a possibility to head the ticket. I’d sooner vote for James Dobson.