While most of this article is a good read, its implied connection of atheism to liberal values is misleading. Yes, I suppose many atheists do have liberal values, but the article doesn’t make it clear enough that being an atheist has nothing to do with LGBT rights, marriage equality, abortion, or any other such topic. Atheists don’t believe in the supernatural or divine beings. That’s the only thing you need to avow to sign up as a member of the club. You don’t even need to have this belief because of a belief in science. However, it is rather hard to defend it without recourse to science. But with that last sentence I’m starting to commit the same error I’m complaining of, so I’d better leave it at that on that point.
In fact, I’d say one of the struggles for atheism in gaining acceptance is separating itself from this perception that it’s aligned with liberal values. There are probably many conservatives who question the reality of the sky daddy, but who balk at considering why they have those questions because atheism seems like disguised liberalism. If you’re reading this then I hope that you’ll understand that atheism is open to all who have given up on divine solutions.