Atheism and the alt-right

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Professor George Hawley of the University of Alabama and author of the book Making Sense of the Alt-Right said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) about the alt-right movement:

I would say it is definitely a young movement. I'd say that it is predominantly white millennial men. It is not sort of stereotypically conservative in its profile. I'd say that probably it is a more secular population than the country overall. That is, there are a lot of agnostics and atheists or people who are just generally indifferent to religion. And I think that it is a fairly well-educated movement on average, that as I think that probably the model alt-right member has at least some college education.[1]

In the Western World whites and males are both majorities within the atheist population (see: Demographics of atheism and Western atheism and race and Atheism and women).

Alt-right leader Richard Spencer is an atheist

The alt-right leader Richard Spencer is an atheist who calls himself a "cultural Christian".[2]

Growth of alt-right within atheism and political polarization

See also: Western atheism, schisms and political polarization

The growth of right-wing/alt-right atheism is creating divisions/infighting among atheists in the Western World due to political polarization (see: Western atheism, schisms and political polarization and Atheist factions).

The divisions have caused organized atheism to greatly decline in the West (see: Decline of the atheist movement). For example, it has caused atheist organizations to have severe fundraising problems and caused attendance at atheist conferences to markedly fall (see: Atheist organizations and fundraising and Atheist conferences).

In 2017, the atheist David Smalley wrote: "And we wonder why we’re losing elections, losing funding, and our conferences are getting smaller."[3]

Alt-right disdain for theologically conservative Christianity

Adam Grey wrote:

Influential Alt Right figures such as Mike Enoch, Richard Spencer, and those in their immediate circles prefer atheism over Christianity for well thought-out reasons. Their embrace of atheism is a willful choice. Their atheism includes an active disdain for traditional, orthodox Christianity. They may embrace the cultural benefits of Christianity, but they abhor its actual beliefs and morals. Sometimes they intentionally deride the Faith and at other times it seeps out. Either way, it’s clear to anyone who’s listening that to these and similar leaders of the Alt Right, Christianity is at best a silly idea to tolerate, and perhaps a devious Jewish plot to destroy Western man.[4]

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