I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I’m often asked by people about what social issues I support or don’t support. I know it’s probably common, but in my case, these are atheists asking. My first reaction is it’s none of your business, but I never actually say that, I usually deflect as I really am not interested in those conversations. It seems though that a lot of atheists are; That’s okay, I don’t begrudge anyone anything, but I fail to recognize the relevance in relation to being an atheist.
From polls I’ve seen in the past, probably some 90% of atheists are liberal. I’m not sure what that means overall other than those same polls indicate that these people either vote or lean to the Democrat party here in the U.S. Does that say anything in particular about their stances on social issues? Well, yes and no. Most liberals, in my experience, fall in line with a certain set of ideologies that they think define liberalism: pro-LGBT, pro-choice, etc. But I have to say that I’ve actually met a few, very few, that claim to be liberal and yet, as an example, are pro-life.
None of this has anything to do with being an atheist. A non-belief in god(s) does not necessarily indicate a person’s views socially or politically. Yet, many atheists would probably disagree with that statement. Some atheists enjoy the idea of diversity, until there discover there are those that may disagree with some of their views. I’ve actually heard people say that you can’t be an atheist and not be liberal. I find that hilarious because I’ve been told as a conservative, that I cannot be a conservative and not believe in God. Silly isn’t it?
This is the world we live in. Everything seems to be about what a person identifies with instead of who they are. Being and atheist is not what I identify as, it is who I am. Being an atheist doesn’t inform me about what my politics or social views are or should be. I’ve actually spoken with people that, once they became atheists, completely changed their views on everything. That makes me think they had nothing they actually believed in to begin with and if atheism somehow, magically, became a conservative cause, they too would follow right along.
I don’t actually care what people advocate for or against in general. What I do object to is that some tie their advocacy directly to their atheism. One has nothing to do with the other and none of us should leap to conclusions about others due to those other considerations.