I'm glad you've asked that question, TD.
Her's what I nposted not long ago . . .
I try to talk to atheists and I get jumped for not being a screaming liberal.
I try to talk to patriots and I get jumped for not being a screaming born-again Christian.
I try to talk to bikers and I get jumped for not being a screaming conservative.
With all the screaming going on, I can't help but wonder . . . what kind of a participatory democracy can we have when the world is embracing retribalization? And not only on the cultural, geopolitical, and religious fronts, but even down to the individual? As great as the internet is at giving everybody a voice, it seems we predominately only want to hear people who agree with our own previously held opinions.
How can we see new horizons if we only look in the mirror?
So, as someone who values freedom of the road and freedom of thought, and who believes Earth's best chance of having a locale where those ideals might be achieved it the U S of A, I ask . . . AM I THE ONLY ONE???
This is an absurd question. One might as well ask, "Must atheists wear neckties?"
Liberalism (a political stance) and atheism (a rejection of religious belief) really have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Similarly, religious belief and conservatism have nothing to do with each other. One is a political attitude, the other a religion.
Anyone ever hear about separation of church and state?
The only (tenuous) relationship that in fact exists is that, historically, the liberal political establishment in this country has attempted to get more votes by reaching out to fringe groups like environmentalists, gays, racial minorities and so on. The conservative side, not be outdone, reached out in a similar way to fundamentalists and other highly religious groups to try and cultivate their support.
Neither party really incorporates the beliefs of the minority elements into their philosophy, but they each give lip service to the desires of the smaller groups, and add their demands to the respective political agendas, in order to continue to draw the resultant votes that are generated.
It's all a rather poorly concealed game of coalition-building for political gain.
A better question, and one that I think has a much higher degree of causative correlation, would be: "Must atheists be intelligent?"