Joined: July 2005
The great thing about good old materialist science is that you can do it quite competently if you're a monotheist, a polytheist, an atheist, an agnostic, a deist, or none of the above. You can do it, and understand it, if you're a liberal, a conservative, a centrist, a libertarian, a green, a fascist, a communist, or totally I-don't-give-a-frass-pellet apolitical. You can do or understand it if you're a nice guy, a sweet thing, a stressed-out neurotic, or a rapidly oxidizing anal orifice. You can be of any age or sex or sexual orientation or ethnicity or physical ability status, and you can still understand how scientific inquiry works and even learn to do it yourself. In fact, you can be any of those things and study history, art, literature, social science, economics, engineering, carpentry, cooking, hairdressing, or anything else that interests you.
Some of these people who get the vapors about atheist (or religious) scientists speaking up about their personal beliefs really need to pick up their smelling salts and their fainting couches and go home.