Ronald Reagan Was Right: Atheism Is Enemy of America

President Ronald Reagan
President Reagan being sworn in for his second term in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol. (White House Photographic Office)

Are atheism and promoting atheism consistent with American—let alone conservative—values and principles?

The operational policy of the American Conservative Union now appears to contradict Ronald Reagan's view on this.

Reagan believed atheism was not merely wrong, but the enemy of freedom. The ACU has functionally adopted the position that groups promoting atheism can be featured at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference—so long as they promote godlessness with civility.

In the same 1983 speech in which he declared the Soviet Union an "evil empire," Reagan unapologetically spelt out the "ideals and principles" that brought him into politics.

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