Why Do The New Atheists Lean Right?

by Patrick Appel

Robert Wright tackles the subject:

It must strike progressive atheists as a stroke of bad luck that Christopher Hitchens, leading atheist spokesperson, happens to have hawkish views on foreign policy. After all, with atheists an overwhelmingly left-wing group, what were the chances that the loudest infidel in the western world would happen to be on the right? Actually, the chances were pretty good. When it comes to foreign policy, a right-wing bias afflicts not just Hitchens’s world view, but the whole ideology of “new atheism,” especially as seen in the work of Hitchens allies Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.

Wright goes on to explore the contradiction between advocating a certain type of foreign policy while also believing that religion is the root of all evil. Yglesias adds his own two cents.