Why do atheists call themselves "Free Thinkers"?

When I was an atheist I was also a free thinker. Over time that thinking led me to Christ. To my relief, I didn't have to hang my intellect at the door when I came to church. A truly free thinker would consider all angles and not ignore or fight religious ones. Are atheists truly free thinkers or are they... show more When I was an atheist I was also a free thinker. Over time that thinking led me to Christ. To my relief, I didn't have to hang my intellect at the door when I came to church. A truly free thinker would consider all angles and not ignore or fight religious ones.

Are atheists truly free thinkers or are they willingly ignorant?
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