Why is it assumed that just because someone is an atheist, that they have to be a liberal? In essence, There are 2 sets of issues in politics. Fiscal and Social. That is at the extreme basic level..Money and Morals, if you can call them that. What happens if you have a 50/50 view with each of the major parties? What if you believe in low taxes and limited government? Well, then you are a Republican, right? What if you are an Atheist, but believe in low taxes and limited government? That does not make you a liberal.
I think that Atheists and homosexuals always think they have to align themselves with Democrats, because they are the opposite of "right-wing religious wackos"..To me that is not the case. I see most Liberal Democrats as a welfare mongering, hate spewing, illogical people. The party is generally filled with people with blinders on that think they have to oppose anything with an "R" in front of it. They think that all repulicans are going to overturn Roe v. Wade and impose religious rule on the country. I am sure there are those types in the Republican party, maybe more than we think..but, all in all, I doubt they could ever get anything like that through congress. So, you basically have to think about what issues are important to you, and what issues are likely to be pushed on the agenda. There is no perfect party for me..I have generally considered myself a Libertarian, but they have a few "planks" that are based in religion also..only difference is, they believe in personal liberty FIRST.
I guess most people choose which things are more important to them and align with those. Being without religion does not make me necessarily ANTI-religion. I could care less what people want to believe as long as they don't infringe on my rights doing it.
That being said, I choose to focus on Fiscal issues, and not social ones when I vote. Religion should stay out of politics. I am FISCALLY conservative, and SOCIALLY tollerant.!! I have gay friends, I have religious friends, I have preacher friends, I have minority friends. Strangely, I don't think I have atheist friends..at least none that claim to be...and none that really know I am. Only my family. I guess I am a closet atheist, but that is my business. It is no ones business what my beliefs are. I believe that being without religion is not a stance that I have to make a major part of my existence..I don't have to make sure others think like me..or make sure that I am an activist for the cause. To me, it is not a "cause", it is just who I am.
But, I most certainly am NOT a liberal. I believe that the current administration has done more to harm this country in 3 years than the previous bunch did in 8 years. I am also NOT a Bush fan, didn;t vote for him either time..he was a borderline Socialist himself. Thanks for listening and please don't consider this an attack on anyone that is a liberal. It is your decision alone, I just implore people to think and not just accept the "default" position..just because someone is a christian does not mean they are stupid in all aspects of thought.
I am a fiscal conservative and up until 2008 a supporter of John McCain. If you want to know why athiests usually flock to the liberal label, look no further than the erosion of John McCain's character brought about by the Neo-Conservative base of the Republican party.
Before whoring himself to the evangelicals, McCain was vocally against torture and somewhat moderate as compared to his peers. The campaign just twisted im into another Bush clone with his nurse as his running mate.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I do believe that Dominionism is a threat that is trying to gain ground through the Republican party
It always sends me into fits of laughter when conservatives rant about how "Democrats as a welfare mongering".. way-to-go about misunderstanding the economics of one's own country!
States receiving more help from government than they pay in taxes:
ELECTIONS: Do you happen to notice any similarity in the voting pattern???
Hmmm, now tell me again who are the welfare mongerers???????
The beauty of the Ruplican mantra is that the uber rich convince the uber poor that the uber rich are actually on their side!! When in fact it's the democrat states that are driving the economy. sigh. This contradictory mantra is achieved by keeping people uneducated, by making sure the educational system is constantly underfunded. Overall, people who vote republican are less educated. Overall atheists are better educated. Better educated people are either be among the uber rich, lying to the uber poor, or among the majority of intellectuals being honest and considerate.