The EFM Feature

When I lived near the Liberty Bell, I wrote for The Philadelphia City Paper–an alternative weekly whose editor was kind enough to give a southern Christian a column in which to display her “red state” of mind. My columns were always controversial, and the amount of hate mail I received eventually caused me to avoid the metal orange boxes on the corners with stacks of free papers.
Once I was sitting in my editor’s office discussing the influx of “letters to the editor” my articles seemed to generate. At that very moment, another columnist came into the room with a printed e-mail and handed it to me.
“Congratulations. You have one fan in the entire city of Philadelphia.”
And, to my surprise, it was true. Amidst the almost weekly accusations that I should have my Constitutional rights revoked, a conservative atheist had passionately defended my recent article. Honestly, it just split me wide open.
I thought of this incident as I read Heather Mac Donald’s article in the American Conservative, in which she laments the religious “God talk” Republican politicians are fond of using. As an atheist, she naturally finds the Biblical allusions and tributes to the Almighty off-putting. (“Non-believers are good conservatives too,” she writes.)
While I definitely don’t agree with the entire article, I do think she raises a point worth noting–the Republican party is and should be a “big tent” of voters united in conservative principles.
She ends her article saying, “it should be possible for conservatives to unite on policy without agreeing on theology.”
Preach it, sister! (Oops, I just can’t stop “religious” words from coming out.) I mean, I agree wholeheatedly, secular citizen.

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