I am very much dissuaded by factional politics, as I vote based on the terms not on the perps.
Why is it that so many atheists are willing to call themselves liberal?
The term liberal is actually very misleading. The liberals divide the world intoconservative Vs. Liberal, but their liberalism is anything but. True liberalism is a synonym to tolerance. Liberal arts used to be all inclusive. Liberals respected other peoples' opinions, even opinions that they despised. I can easily associate this type of liberal with agnosticism and atheism. The new liberal is actually just anti-conservative. His (I am not falling into PC's newspeak) atheism is actually antitheism and for a very simple reason - the majority of conservatives are theists.
I don't doubt the "liberalism" of most "atheists". I actually doubt their atheism. I also doubt their ability to reason.
I'm probably 50/50 split. Respect for others tends to be a more liberal trait. Kind of hard to pin down a "conservative", as I don't see them conserving much but an ancient past and inherited money. I honor work. I am consevative with money, mine and others..... At this age I am more suspiscious of these labels. I'm not sure many people are even aware of themselves.
For example: Does a retired Church going, older "conservative" even acknowledge that their social security check is coming from the government and NOT God? We are all so intertwined. Yet under attack from each other. It's ugly out there.