I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to explain to a Republican that I am not an atheist after they learn I am a Liberal. This is, of course, the general assumption about us Liberals. And it is for good reason.
As a Liberal of the contemporary sort, I frequent FaceBook groups and pages around Liberal politics. If I go on FB and read on any given day for just a few minutes, I come across a post or comment where one of my comrades is touting their intellect by expressing that God is to them what Santa Clause is to a child who has outgrown such fantasies.
A true intellectual would know that only a Socratic approach to this area of humanity, rather than Nietzsche’s horse manure for thought, could possibly spare one from looking entirely foolish. In other words, “better to keep your mouth closed and look the fool, than to open it and remove all doubt”. It takes as much “Faith” to declare the absence of God as it does to profess the existence of God.
The Consequence Of Anti-Religious Hubris In Politics
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Liberalism is about inclusivity, contrasted with right-wing politics which tends to be exclusionary. So how do people like Trump keep getting elected? This one topic has more power than most people really appreciate even now that we see how hard it is for Democrats to appeal to a large segment of Latinos.
Religious inclusion is the right thing to strive for here, not exclusion. There is nothing gained by seeking attention and trying to prove you’re an intellectual heavyweight by shitting on someone else’s faith, and it makes the person doing it look foolish to anyone that simply looks up the definition of faith.
Please, do us all a favor, let’s keep politics out of religion. Validating your ego isn’t worth what it costs in votes.