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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Hey man if socialism is so horribly evil then why do even conservatives go against getting  rid of medicare?Also why is there a socialistic healthcare in the military?

Because, Republicans and Democrats are both socialistic, just more or less in different areas. Neither are interested in upholding individual rights. I would guess that there is socialistic healthcare in the military for the same exact reasons that it is elsewhere.
But medicare is actually very popular so alot of people including seniors are all evil in your views.The fact is there is alot of sociallism in this country believe and alot of people like it.

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.

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.
 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?
Yep! Humanism, as I just pointed out in a separate response, means caring about all of humanity, and by extension, all of society, as opposed to just caring about our own personal little in-group. So humanists (who are generally atheists, but not exclusively) are more likely to land on the left end of the political spectrum, the end which aims for social responsibility.




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