We truly are a mixed lot of cats as atheists. Even Prince Philip said “A Republic is a perfectly acceptable alternative.” Posh and Becks? Really, Professor.
I am reminded that even Christopher Hitchens abandoned a Thomas Paine view of monarchy to a gradual incremental change in time, fearing as I do that a Presidential system can ape a monarchy:
The last-ditchers are right in one way: it would scarcely be progress if we scrapped the Windsors and then prostrated ourselves at the feet of an imperial presidency. But if the argument is rightly conducted then the attitudes required to see us through to a democratic republic – or federation of democratic republics – would be their own insurance. We even begin to think as democratic republicans, and culti vate and reward democratic republican virtues.
Those who really wanted to would not be prevented from idolising Prince William or from gurgling at the Queen Mum. There will be room for royalists and restorationists in a democratic republic, and there will no doubt be tabloids and glossies to gratify them. But the large and growing number of republicans and democrats will not have to witness this spectacle as if we were all a part of it, and it was all a part of us. [Source]
This Fabian like call for the republican state will be too slow for most, who like me can be found using #bornEqual on twitter. For the likes of Donovan (@MrOzAtheist) and myself this cannot happen fast enough though I imagine he will have an elected head of state before me down under whilst I imagine Prince William will be reining on the throne whilst I am six feet under.
Still if you wanted proof that atheism is not a political consensus creating paradigm – voila.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog