The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which occurs annually, bills itself as the “largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world.” Yet one of the exhibitors at this year’s conference in Orlando, Fla., is Atheists for Liberty, a group that rejects God and His permanent moral order, the natural law, which are fundamental to conservatism.
As Thomas Jefferson, a deist, wrote – and which is paraphrased on the Jefferson Memorial – “[C]an the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
The liberties of a nation are a gift from God. Without God, there is no liberty. This is an essential tenet of conservatism. Its genesis can be traced back to Plato and the Old Testament.
On their website, Atheists for Liberty describe themselves as “an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for and sustaining individual rights and the separation of religion & government. We work to defend the fundamental freedoms that support the human quest for knowledge.”
In their section on atheism, the group states, “Theism means ‘belief in a personal god.’ Atheism is the lack of belief in a personal god.”
So, Atheists for Liberty is an organization for people that reject God but embrace liberty. Again, the two – God and freedom – are inseparable. You cannot have one without the other, as Jefferson explained.
In addition, there is the Declaration of Independence, where our Founding Fathers wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In other words, the inalienable right of liberty comes from the Creator, i.e., God.
Furthermore, this truth is “self-evident,” it is discernible in our natural world and it is part of our nature. We intuitively know right from wrong. We know that it is wrong to steal or to kill or to commit adultery.
This is where laws that sustain liberty come from. They come from God, are fixed in our nature, and are obvious.
These are obvious “truths,” as our Founders explained. If we reject these truths, such as the inalienable right to life, then our liberty is crippled.
If we reject God and act contrary to our nature, then our own liberty dissipates. The state or government that rejects God will similarly see its liberty diminish and eventually disappear. Recent historical examples of nations that rejected God and slid into genocidal tyranny include the Soviet Union and Communist China.
There is no liberty without God. Conservatives know this.
Atheists for Liberty is preposterous, like Racists for Equality. It doesn’t make sense. And it is not conservative, which could explain why the group is exhibiting at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference.