The Conservative Political Action Conference is continuing its tradition of raising conservative hackles by announcing that the group American Atheists would be included in this year’s event, then revoking the group’s invitation on the same day.
On Tuesday, CNN reported that the American Atheists were crowing about having their CPAC invitation approved, much to the annoyance of several conservatives, including Brent Bozell, who pulled out of next month’s conference upon hearing the news.
See, American Atheists has a reputation. It’s one of those “secular” groups that likes to go around suing every agency, town or city that has so much as a cross or a commandment showing on public property. It’s one of those groups that has helped push the concept of church-state separation to its current absurd extreme that attempts to ban all (non-atheist) religious expression from public life and install atheism as the only acceptable, government-approved belief.
Despite that, someone at CPAC apparently thought, hey, big tent. Why not include the atheists?
They very quickly found out why, as American Atheists’ president David Silverman went on a rant against Christians that was reported by CNN.
“I am not worried about making the Christian right angry,” Silverman said. “The Christian right should be angry that we are going in to enlighten conservatives. The Christian right should be threatened by us.”
Shortly after, American Atheists was disinvited.
Breitbart quoted spokeswoman Meghan Snyder of the American Conservative Union, CPAC’s host, as saying, “American Atheists misrepresented itself about their willingness to engage in positive dialogue and work together to promote limited government.”
American Atheists lied? I’m shocked.
In pulling out of CPAC, Bozell did not mince words. He said it made no difference that the invitation was rescinded, that ACU was working against the principles on which CPAC was founded. He urged other conservatives to drop out of the conference.
“I will continue to denounce CPAC, ACU and (Al) Cardenas,” said Bozell, president of the Media Research Center. “No conservative should have anything to do with this conference. If you do, you are giving oxygen to an organization destroying the conservative movement.”
The original concept behind CPAC was to promote conservative principles like traditional family values, which include for many conservatives biblical religion. Conservatism’s strong Christian base is under direct attack by groups like American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
While there likely are some “ethical atheists” among conservatives, the activist atheist groups like AA and FFRF are little more than anti-Christian hate groups and have no more place at a conservative conference than would the Democrat-founded Ku Klux Klan.
As Bozell said, “The invitation extended by the ACU, Al Cardenas and CPAC to American Atheists to have a booth is more than an attack on conservative principles. It is an attack on God Himself. American Atheists is an organization devoted to the hatred of God.”
There’s a vast gulf between an intellectual who comes to a conclusion through reason and study that he does not believe in God (regardless of how wrong you or I may think that conclusion is) and the fanatical anti-Christians of American Atheists and other activist groups.
Letting American Atheists into CPAC would be like releasing poisonous serpents into a garden party.
To understand why, just start with Silverman’s statement, “Conservative isn’t a synonym for religious.” You could probably write a book on the misconceptions and outright lies behind that statement. For starters, conservatism is the most natural fruit of Christian and historical education, so in many ways it could be considered synonymous with “religious.” Conservatism springs from core beliefs that have logical moral consequences and that tend to produce a respect for tradition that is lacking among liberals.
Atheism, on the other hand, believes there is no God, therefore no moral standard, purpose or value inherent in life. Anything goes. Nothing is sacred. The closest atheism can get to a basis for morality is whatever the crowd will let you get away with. It’s morality by opinion poll. This sort of belief lends itself to liberalism, communism, national socialism, eugenics, abortion, human genetic experimentation and many other practices and philosophies, none of which is conservatism.
Lurking behind Silverman’s statement is the big lie of atheism, that it is a “nonreligion.” Toastmasters is a nonreligion. A state university alumni association is a nonreligion.
Atheism is a religion that has a complete world view, a growing roster of “ministers,” dogma and an overwhelming urge to evangelize and convert the “heathens.” Atheists’ potpourri of moral beliefs is not just a random occurrence but the natural result of the fundamental beliefs of atheism about the random, mechanical nature of the universe.
If the board of directors overseeing CPAC thinks that’s compatible with conservatism, then they really have lost sight of their mission.