In 1899, Robert Green Ingersoll wrote, “Ignorance, poverty, and vice are populating the world. The gutter is a nursery. People unable even to support themselves fill the tenements, the huts and hovels with children. They depend on the Lord, luck and on charity. They are not intelligent enough to think about consequences or to feel responsibility. At the same time they do not want children, because a child is a curse, a curse to them and to itself. The babe is not welcome, because it is a burden. These unwelcome children fill the jails and prisons, the asylums and hospitals, and they crowd the scaffolds. A few are rescued by chance or charity, but the great majority are failures. They become vicious, ferocious. They live by fraud and violence, and bequeath their vices to their children. The real question is, can we prevent the ignorant and the poor from filling the world with their children?”
Ingersoll was a devout atheist.
Today, Ingersoll would be called a Rush Limbaugh conservative because they have the same mind-set. They both despise the unsuccessful and the poor. The Bible says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
That explains why an atheist living in 1899 sounds like a conservative in 2012. The conservatives owe President Obama an apology.