Libertarians, Atheists, Christians, and Others

By Nathan Barton

The following was found in an article, addressed to a mostly “Libertarian” readership, about Christ Jesus and government and bankers.

Preface: If you are an atheist and believe that religion is crazy, please remember that some 85% of the American population identifies itself as Christian and millions more identify themselves as Jewish. Very few Americans are atheists … and the majority don’t trust atheists. Therefore, knowing a few bible verses might be helpful for atheists speaking to people of faith.

I was very pleased to see this. As a christian (I prefer the lower case) and a libertarian, I have long been dismissed by many “Libertarians” and even a few free-market anarchists and self-governors as “not really a libertarian” or even “crazy.”  I have seen my views brushed aside because I argue from a religious (Biblical) point of view, even though my conclusions agree completely with the “free-thinker” or atheist or agnostic with whom I am talking.  I am not saying that ALL atheist or agnostic lovers of liberty are this way, but many are.  And when an issue such as abortion is under discussion, the dismissal can be foul, rude, and incredibly condescending.

I have seen many people, interested in the libertarian political philosophy and believers (usually either Catholic or Protestant), who have been verbally assailed by libertarian atheists and as a result totally rejected ANY variety of libertarian thought, convinced that it is an ungodly and immoral idea.  I have spent a lot of time discussing the very odd ideas that many libertarians have about religion and the Bible, and how God is perceived by people.  The points made in this introduction are very important.

I am not saying that there are NO religious people, many calling themselves “Christians,” who are statists and twist Scripture to support their concepts of government and politics.  But I suspect the percentage is no different than the number of atheists and non-religious people.

If we truly wish to have more than 2 or 3% of Americans espousing a libertarian political philosophy, whether minarchist and ESPECIALLY free-market anarchist, we stop ignoring or angering religious Americans concerning the Bible, Christ Jesus, and His Father.

Mama’s Note: Many “christians” that I have met and dealt with over the years have been quite happy to think they should and even must impose their version of morality and economic utopia on everyone else. I can’t imagine why you think this would be a small portion of the population. Most of the “free stuff” parasites in any major city would likely identify themselves as “christian.”

In a free society, one person’s freedom to practice their religion, whatever it is, can’t be different than another person’s freedom not to practice any at all. And the best way for the christians not to be angered might be to keep their religion to themselves and not bring it into a discussion with those who do not share their faith.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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