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Is Atheism a chiefly liberal or conservative philosophy?

I know this may seem like a bit of an odd question but I’ve been wondering about it for the past few days and for some reason I can’t escape the feeling that it (atheism) would be a rather ‘conservative’ point of view (that is, at least in title), and yet I’m constantly being called a liberal because of my social and political leanings. I'm just wondering what your views are on this.


PS: I’ll be gone for a few days but I will catch up with this thread when I return.

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Joel, the entire military is a socialist organization.  I needs to be to achieve cohesion and efficiency.  everything about the US military is socialistic.
Correction.  I meant  communist. the military is a communist organization.

Re Repubs & Dems....try oligarchy, a little better fit than socialist.
And the American Communist so breath-takingly oxymoronic that it could only stem from a new language.

Signed: Older Than Shit.

Thats the beauty of America.  We've spent the last 70 years fighting communism with a communist military.
Yeah thats probably why we spend shitloads of money on wars.Stupid wars like the iraq war which was a complete wast of money and time.

Don't forget lives.

complete waste of money, time, and lives.

 I used to say this all the time as well, and with much self righteousness. But I have come to see that only time well tell. History will be the judge long after we are gone.
The only thing Atheism tells you about a person is that they reject the claims made by people about god. It is erroneous to assert that it tells anyone what political ideology to follow.  It's like asking what the predominant political ideology is associated with people who don't believe in Santa Clause.
First of all, as others have pointed out, we do not claim that there is a perfect correlation, only that there is a statistically significant relationship between the two. And secondly, the reason is this: Religious people are more likely to see themselves as responsible only for their own in-group, i.e. their own religion. Atheists tend to be humanists, who by definition care about humanity in general, and society in general (that's pointed at you, MT), and actually give a shit about what happens to people they don't know personally. This means that atheists are more likely to understand that we are all in it together, whether we like it or not, and that we need means to cooperate with each other and to organize with each other for mutual benefit.
Atheism is apolitical.
Yep.  Is our "live and let live" philosophy liberal or conservative?  Both, I'd say, and, ultimately, apolitical.  Is humanism political?


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