Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dear Christian Nationalist: Liberal, atheist, and unpatriotic are not one and the same

Dear Christian Nationalist,

Liberal, atheist, and unpatriotic are not one and the same. It's not an unholy trinity.

Yes, I expect that most atheists are liberals, but it's certainly not always the case. I can think of some atheists who are conservatives. And we both know there are many Christians who are liberals.

One can be a liberal, an agnostic, an atheist, a Jehovah's Witness, an Occupy Wall Street protester, and still be a patriotic American citizen. You know what? For that matter, so can Marxists and socialists and homophobes and Neo-Nazis and right-to-lifers and the pro-choice and vegetarians and Italians and Muslims and rednecks and "the elite media" and dominionists and 9/11 conspiracy theorists and creationists and scientists and murderers and child molesters and teachers and democrats and republicans and independents and libertarians.

You don't own the market on labels, and you certainly don't have the right to declare who does and does not love our country.