Note the planks in Lincoln’s “Chicago platform”-turned-sacrificial altar: Puritanism, Atheism, Rationalism, Socialism, Free Love, Spirit Rapping, and Negro Worship (along with one more I can’t make out). I don’t know how Lincoln’s opponents came to accuse him of supporting both spirit rapping and rationalism, both Puritanism and “free love” (or Puritanism and atheism for that matter), but I found it rather reassuring that this sort of nonsense is not a new phenomenon. One might argue that the familiar recent accusations of simultaneous fascism and communism are less blatantly stupid than this.
As an atheist, I admit I take a little bit of pride in the fact that abolitionism was seen as a secular threat to a religious agenda. I’m not saying that any time religious conservatives are mad at you, you’re doing the right thing, but I do like the sound of that attempt at an insult. “Look at you, advocating the equality of all people under the law, regardless of their skin color! Ugh, I can’t believe you! You’re such an atheist!”
…Why, yes. Yes, I am.