A Libertarian Case for Anti-TheismSubmitted by Al_Baker on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 18:40
This is my first post, well technically second, and thought id jump right in with something thats sure to bring out some good discussion (atleast i hope so)and is something ive been thinking about for some time now
Alot of conservatives and libertarians tend to be religious while secularists and the non-religious tend to be liberal. I'm one of those that are what id call a libertarian atheist.
I think a case can be made, a good one at that, that if you are a libertarian, logically, you should also be an anti-theist.
A quick overview of some definitions as to avoid confusion:
an atheist is someone who finds that no evidence has been brought forth, or argument made that leads him to believe in a deity, such a person could wish that it was true but just cannot bring himself to believe
an anti-theist (term borrowed from christopher hitchens) is a person who is either glad that such a being does not exist, or if they happen to be a believer, wishes it werent the case
i believe libertarianism logically goes hand in hand with the latter, and heres why:
the highest aim of a libertarian is (or atleast should be) to expand liberty, we believe in liberty and we defend it
to me the idea of a deity (in particular the deity of the big 3 monotheisms) is absolutely anti-liberty, the claim is that this being created you and owns you, has a particular plan for you and for humanity in general that you have been thrown into, in which you have no say, this being is unelected and can never be overthrown or voted out, and (probably the most totalitarian idea of all) can convict you of thought crime
however you look at it, to me this seems like an authoritarian system
as a libertarian i find the idea highly disturbing and anti-liberty, so logically if you are a libertarian whos highest aim is to promote liberty you should also be an anti-theist
what say you? general discussion or discussion of particulars are welcome and would be highly enjoyed, after all religion and politics are two of the most controversial subjects, which in my opinion probably makes them two of the most important