Atheists Booted from Conservative Political Action Conference Over ‘Divisive Language’
Atheists are not welcome at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. American Atheists, one of the leading atheist advocacy groups, has been stripped of their to booth where the planned to outreach to ‘closeted atheist conservatives.’
During an interview with CNN, David Silverman, President of American Atheists, said, “Just as there are many closeted atheists in the church pews, I am extremely confident that there are many closeted atheists in the ranks of conservatives.”
He added that “It is really a serious outreach effort, and I am very pleased to be embarking on it.”
Originally, Meghan Snyder, spokesperson for CPAC, said that including the atheist group in the confab was in alignment with conservative principles. “Conservatives have always stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression,” she said, pointing out the atheist organization fights for many of the same liberties as the conservatives do.
When assigning the booths, which cost organizations $3000, the atheist group was even given a prime spot, right next to the Republican National Committee.
However, Snyder changed her tune after CPAC learned Silverman had told CNN, “I am not worried about making the Christian right angry. The Christian right should be angry that we are going in to enlighten conservatives. The Christian right should be threatened by us.”
CPAC officials yanked the booth from the atheist groups and claimed the atheist organization, “misrepresented itself about their willingness to engage in positive dialogue and work together to promote limited government.”
According to Snyder, “We spoke with Mr. Silverman about his divisive and inappropriate language. He pledged that he will attack the very idea that Christianity is an important element of conservatism. People of any faith tradition should not be attacked for their beliefs, especially at our conference. He has left us with no choice but to return his money.”
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