Conservative commentator Candace Owens, known for her criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Democratic Party in general, was called out by her own followers after she posted a tweet that condemned not just “leftism” but also “atheism.”
Owens faced an avalanche of criticism from what appears to be primarily conservative atheists on Saturday when she said that “leftism, atheism, and narcissism are a packaged deal.” She typically sticks to right-wing political arguments, and it appears she unknowingly gathered a substantial secular following.
The comments in response to Owens’ tweet are almost all negative, including those from her most ardent supporters and those with the most reactions at the top. The first reply I saw was, “Totally missed the mark on this one Candace” followed by “Not at all true” and “Why would she even write this?”
Here are some more:
I disagree that atheists are automatically leftists. I don’t believe in god but I’m certainly not left wing or a narcissist.
— Douglas C. Miller (@DouglasCMiller) December 8, 2019
It is clear that there are a high number of non-believers who are Republicans or otherwise conservative, and some aren’t shy about self-identifying as narcissists.
yea, let’s not alienate atheist conservatives and libertarians… we don’t all have to agree about everything. A rational and fiscally responsible person is my friend.
— Serge Mustafo (@SergeMustafo) December 8, 2019
Can’t agree; I’m a narcissistic atheist, but I’d literally rip my face off and pray to every known god before I became a leftist �♂️
— DJ Roberson (@DennisJamesR) December 8, 2019
I don’t think that’s true. I don’t believe in God and I know I’m a sexy beast but I think I’m a cynic. I’m in the middle. I think everyone in politics is nuts.
— Randy Paras (@RandyDParas) December 8, 2019
Some followers even suggested the ill-received tweet was part of a pattern of false tweets.
You have been tweeting and/or retweeting a lot of incorrect information lately. I am beginning to think you’re less interested in the truth and more about pushing agendas. Sad really.
— Mr M (@mxaddict392) December 8, 2019
The negative comments didn’t go unnoticed, either.
Candace Owens gets called out by her followers for bashing atheism. pic.twitter.com/zfgnWoAeDO
— NateTalksToYou (@NateTalksToYou) December 8, 2019
Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, it should be surprising that this many atheist conservatives not only exist, but also that they actually stood up to Owens, whom they clearly support. I’m sure it surprised her.
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