Meet Larry Darby. The founder of the Atheist Law Center, he’s an outspoken atheist who’s running for Attorney General of Alabama as a Democrat. Oh, and he’s also a Holocaust denier and a white supremacist.
According to an article in Newsday,
Democratic candidate for Alabama attorney general denies the Holocaust occurred and said Friday he will speak this weekend in New Jersey to a “pro-white” organization that is widely viewed as being racist.
Larry Darby concedes his views are radical, but he said they should help him win wide support among Alabama voters as he tries to “reawaken white racial awareness” with his campaign against Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson.
Of course, the fact that Darby is an atheist almost guarantees the fact that he will not be elected into office, seeing how atheists are the most hated group in the country. I suppose that in this case America’s anti-atheist bigotry will incur a positive outcome. Still, the case of Larry Darby raises some interesting questions. Can one fairly and accurately make generalizations about atheists? Is it right to assume that all or even most atheists hold similar political beliefs? Darby may be running on the Democratic ticket, but he sure as hell isn’t what I would call a liberal. Hence the intentionally ironic title of this post, which treats atheism as a religion—the truth is that the only thing that unites atheists is a lack of belief in god(s).
I am not an atheist, but I am a liberal. Many atheists are liberals, but the link is not as strong as some might assume. I personally believe that political orientation is influenced by many different factors, including one’s upbringing and life experiences, and not merely one’s religious beliefs. Look at The Raving Atheist, for example. This is an individual who is very outspoken about his lack of belief in god(s), yet he holds some very socially conservative views (particularly on the topic of abortion).
In conclusion, Larry Darby is a good example of how generalizations regarding a lack of religious convictions (or generalizations people who are religious) do not always mirror reality. As stated above, the one thing that all atheists have in common is a lack of religious belief.