Secular right

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The Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy says about David Hume: "Although many of Hume's own contemporaries were happy to label Hume an 'atheist', our own contemporaries are more divided on this issue."[1]

In the United States, atheists are a small faction of the political right.[2] Since the 1960s/1970s, there was a significant trend of religious conservatives becoming Republicans.[3] But the secular right is growing in the United States.

As far as politically center of right atheists/agnostics, there is a stronger wing of the right of center politics in the United Kingdom, with famous adherents such as David Hume and Reginald Johnston,[4] and Tory MP Michael Portillo.

In South Korea, the Head of the conservative party was an atheist while he was running against a Roman Catholic liberal.[5]

Atheism and libertarianism

According to the Murray N. Rothbard, who writes for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, most libertarians at the present time are atheists.[6] Ayn Rand was a libertarian and atheist.

Rothbard also declares:

There are many libertarians who are theists, Jewish or Christian. Among the classical-liberal forebears of modern libertarianism in a more religious age there were a myriad of Christians: from John Lilburne, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, and John Locke in the 17th century, down to Cobden and Bright, Frédéric Bastiat and the French laissez-faire liberals, and the great Lord Acton.[7]

Both Ron Paul and Rand Paul are religious libertarians.

Secular left vs. secular right

See: Western atheism, schisms and political polarization

List of politically right of center atheists/agnostics

  • Heather Mac Donald, commentator and journalist
  • Charles C. W. Cooke, writer for National Review
  • George Will, columnist and commentator ("Low voltage atheist"/agnostic)[8]
  • Walter K. Olson, tort reform advocate and author
  • Charles Krauthammer (agnostic)
  • James Taranto, journalist and columnist
  • Allahpundit, blogger
  • Greg Gutfeld, commentator (agnostic)
  • S.E. Cupp, commentator
  • Amy Holmes, commentator
  • Niall Ferguson, historian and columnist
  • Carrie Sheffield, commentator and journalist
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Dave Rubin

Right of center, atheist, political organizations

See also


  2. A Place on the Right for a Few Godless Conservatives by MARK OPPENHEIMER, New York Times, 2011
  3. A Place on the Right for a Few Godless Conservatives by MARK OPPENHEIMER, New York Times, 2011
  6. Myth and Truth About Libertarianism, Mises Daily
  7. Myth and Truth About Libertarianism, Mises Daily
  8. George Will: I Am a 'Low-Voltage Atheist'