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Atheist Booth Approved for CPAC, Then Yanked by ACU Hours Later
Pajamas Media ^ | 02/26/2014 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 02/26/2014 7:53:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind

This morning, American Atheists announced the group would have a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference beginning March 6 in Washington.

“‘Conservative’ isn’t a synonym for ‘religious’,” said American Atheists president David Silverman in a statement announcing the booth. “In fact, a fifth of conservatives seldom or never pray, and the same number state religion is not important in their lives.”

“If conservatism doesn’t embrace religious neutrality, its influence will wither and die,” Silverman said. “Atheists are a growing constituency—an increasingly united constituency—and conservative legislators ignore our vote and our voice at their own peril. We demand equality and fairness—nothing more—which is the very foundation of American values. Imposing religious dogma on its citizens should not be the role of the small government advocated by conservatives.”

They were even prepared to offer a free one-year membership in American Atheists for anyone who stopped by the booth.

Just a few hours after the story was out, CPAC rescinded the group’s booth approval.

Silverman said he received a phone call from American Conservative Union Executive Director Dan Schneider informing him “that the ACU board is breaking its agreement to permit American Atheists to host an information booth.”

The atheist leader said Schneider told him the reason for the dis-invite was the “tone” of a quote he gave to CNN: “The Christian right should be threatened by us.”

“This is exactly the problem. The ACU, which has invited CPAC speakers such as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Sarah Palin, is afraid of my tone? My ‘tone’ was clearly an excuse to back out after our press release angered religious conservatives,” Silverman said.

“Continuing to conflate religion and conservatism is not a viable strategy; this was apparently too scary for CPAC attendees to hear,” Silverman said. “America’s religious conservatives can deny it all they want, but soon they’re going to realize that ignoring the growing number of atheist constituents is a losing proposition.”

He said that a member of the American Atheists board met with CPAC organizers in the weeks after their registration, and their input “was well-received and the atmosphere was positive.” He added that the atheists were even suggesting CPAC speakers and other engagement opportunities.

Silverman said they still want to come to there conference. “We still want to attend CPAC. If the ACU will invite us to exhibit as previously agreed, we will be there to talk about the importance of religious equality,” he said.

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, who has previously accused CPAC of destroying the conservative movement, 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. How on earth could CPAC, or the ACU and its board of directors, and Al Cardenas condone such an atrocity?”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: acu; americanatheists; atheism; conservatism; cpac

1 posted on 02/26/2014 7:53:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
You don't have to believe to be conservative, but you can't be conservative if you fight against belief.

Threatening other conservatives isn't exactly conservative.

2 posted on 02/26/2014 7:58:36 AM PST by wideawake
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To: SeekAndFind

“‘Conservative’ isn’t a synonym for ‘religious’,” said American Atheists president David Silverman

IT SHOULD BE...


3 posted on 02/26/2014 7:59:14 AM PST by panzerkamphwageneinz
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To: SeekAndFind
“If conservatism doesn’t embrace religious neutrality, its influence will wither and die,”

John 15:6

If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned

Silverman said. “Atheists are a growing constituency

Matthew 7:13

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

4 posted on 02/26/2014 8:20:14 AM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

I agree. . . the only persons that need changing regularly are babies and politicians. (can’t remember where I heard that comment)

Dictionary.com

con·serv·a·tive [kuhn-sur-vuh-tiv]

1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.

2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.

3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.

4. ( often initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.

5. ( initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 8:22:41 AM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-7)
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To: dragonblustar

If you’re running candidates for eternity, this certainly applies. Otherwise you could get called out about relevance as easily as these atheists are.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 8:23:52 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

Actually, “human” ought to be.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 8:24:57 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

No.. it shouldn’t be...

Im probably more ANTI socialist, collectivist, communist, etc than most on FR. GO back through my posting history if you dont believe me...

Im not religious, but im also not against peaceful religion either. Peaceful being the primary adjective there.

I also respect the role that the christian religion has played in our freedoms. I just dont personally believe in it.

Either side limiting themselves of natural Allies is idiotic. However, I think Atheists in general have made themselves unwelcome do to their militant stance against people who peacefully practice a peaceful religion. They need to calm the hell down and take a libertarian stance towards peaceful religions. So, that being said, as a non religious person, I would have kicked them out just for being D-bags.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 8:25:23 AM PST by myself6
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9 posted on 02/26/2014 8:26:05 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: wideawake

Skunk. Punch bowl.

And they know it — this was a stunt. What did they expect to happen.

Though it would be interesting to go ahead and let them do it, then evangelize them at the event. “No fair! That wasn’t in the plan!”


10 posted on 02/26/2014 8:27:46 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“If conservatism doesn’t embrace religious neutrality, its influence will wither and die,” Silverman said.

What he really meant was that what conservatism needs to do is disenfranchise the role of religion from its platform. It needs to yank all the social planks away and rip them up. Then and only then will conservatism be palatable to people like him.

The truth? When conservatism embraces religious "neutrality" it will be dead, dead, dead.

The role of religion is our adherence to God which of course Silverman can not stomach.

11 posted on 02/26/2014 8:28:02 AM PST by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

Just...no.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 8:29:50 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't mind atheists or atheism. As Jefferson said, the atheist "neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket." In fact, one of my high school classmates (one of the guys who was a friend of mine) is an atheist and the author of a book called An Atheist Defends Religion.

What I do mind is Atheists who try to force their religion on the rest of us. These militant Atheists are anti-First Amendment and anti-freedom.

13 posted on 02/26/2014 8:32:06 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Slyfox

Atheists need to develop religious “neutrality”. In my experience these people are generally militant D-bags who go after the safe religions but wont say a word against religions that will cut their head off with a rusty spoon.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 8:32:12 AM PST by myself6
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To: myself6

You are getting along fairly well because you still believe in a number of values that are championed in Christianity.

You are not being a “dog in the manger.” Not believing, or at least as you say you don’t believe (actually I’ve been told by a person who has told me she is an atheist, that she prays — whereupon I told her that means no, she isn’t an atheist) you don’t want to spread the disbelief. In fact, you do have some respect for God.

To get people from the “respect” view to the “He’s wonderful and I want Him” view is the task of evangelists.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 8:32:42 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: myself6

Explicitly “Atheist” and “Agnostic” societies generally have axes to grind. They aren’t content to not believe, or to doubt, on their own. They think this attitude should be spread.

Trouble is, once they do, they have gone in the ring with evangelists who have just as much right to speak their minds. And in the long term, evangelism usually wins. I say it’s because there really is a God, but also we can see that to preach in favor of a something is more appealing than to preach in favor of a nothing.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 8:39:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

CPAC is a joke, they allow homosexuals but deny atheists (today).

CPAC is becoming a RINO fest.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 8:41:11 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: myself6
Silverman has an entity whispering in his ear whose one desire is that we replace him for the God we know and love.

The real problem is that we have the greatest offender sitting in the White House.

18 posted on 02/26/2014 8:42:48 AM PST by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

Then we would have 20% fewer supporters. How is that good?


19 posted on 02/26/2014 8:42:50 AM PST by Lisbon1940
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To: Lisbon1940

More people respect religious faith than you might think, and this has been a historical constant in America. A person who has a vision of something to believe in is going to be motivated to go somewhere. This differs from the person whose life is dominated by doubt or stark disbelief. He or she only wants to hand out wet blankets.

I think it would be folly to try to explicitly tie a conservative movement to a particular denomination, or even to require a viable candidate to be associated with a house of worship. But for them to explicitly encourage faith is not folly.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 8:52:52 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe they could rent booths to the Democrats and Planned Parenthood (for on-site abortions) while they are at it


21 posted on 02/26/2014 8:54:38 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Explicitly “Atheist” and “Agnostic” societies generally have axes to grind.”

Atheists, yes absolutely; they believe they possess the perfect truth that overthrows all others, and lots of them will get out there & hector away.

But agnostics...? How do you militate on behalf of your belief in...nothing in particular? When an agnostic missionary knocks on your door and witnesses to you that “There may be a god, there may not be one, I personally don’t know for sure, I don’t have conclusive proof one way or another, I don’t reject out of hand the notion of a higher power, it’s just beyond my ability to conceptualize the unseeable and unknowable, but anyway...thank you for your time & have a nice day”, do you regard your most fundamental spiritual beliefs as under concerted & determined attack?


22 posted on 02/26/2014 9:04:21 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: SeekAndFind
I am definitely not an atheist. However, I think they should have been allowed to have a booth at CPAC. Yes, they were being provocateurs by even asking, but I think it would be better for people to see exactly what they are selling, than to give them a chance to claim martyrdom or discrimination.
23 posted on 02/26/2014 9:43:54 AM PST by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Correction to above statement by the athiest:

“THE BIBLE is the very foundation of American values”


24 posted on 02/26/2014 10:09:04 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: HiTech RedNeck

So the movement can welcome conservative non-believers if they are respectful to believers? I agree.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 12:12:24 PM PST by Lisbon1940
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To: Lisbon1940; panzerkamphwageneinz
Then we would have 20% fewer supporters. How is that good?

Atheists are almost all democrats, as few as they are, minuscule in numbers actually, but they do fight America and conservatism with passion and they have influence at the top of the left and media.

I don't know how you got losing 20% of the GOP from reading that post.

26 posted on 02/26/2014 2:21:01 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: SeekAndFind
An atheist cannot believe in our form of government as it was written by our Founders, atheism is antithetical to the declaration of Independence.
27 posted on 02/26/2014 2:44:34 PM PST by celmak
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To: ansel12

I got it from this in the article:

“‘Conservative’ isn’t a synonym for ‘religious’,” said American Atheists president David Silverman in a statement announcing the booth. “In fact, a fifth of conservatives seldom or never pray, and the same number state religion is not important in their lives.”

Granted, that is a quote from an atheist, so you have to take it with a large grain of thought. So maybe it is half that, say 10%. Whatever the number, unless it is completely negligible, I don’t see have we win by subtraction. But I am not an ideological purist, so your mileage may vary..


28 posted on 02/26/2014 4:26:40 PM PST by Lisbon1940
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