The terms freethought and freethinker refer to going against prevailing cultural norms and idioms.
Atheist and 'enlighted' freethinkers
Beginning in the so-called "Age of Reason", freethinker and freethought became oxymorons. Freethinker is used as a pretentious moniker that atheists/agnostics have dubbed themselves (See: Atheism and arrogance).
Jonathan Sarfati wrote: "We must also wonder why atheists call themselves ‘freethinkers’ if they believe thoughts are the results of atomic motion in the brain obeying the fixed laws of chemistry. By their own philosophy, they can’t help what they believe!
African American freethinkers
African Americans who escape the Democrat plantation often dub themselves as freethinkers, and are derided by leftists with racial pejoratives such as "Uncle Tom" or "House Negro", for rejecting the subservient status of Blacks to the progressive and Democratic party agenda. African American freethinkers and freethought is based upon a correct reading of Galatians 5:13-26 and being free of the bondage wherein they were held. African American Patriot Vernon Jones famously said, “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation. We are free people with free minds.”
Atheism and dogmatism
Atheists and groupthink
See also: Atheism and groupthink
Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of individuals in which the quest for harmony/conformity within the group results in irrational and/or poor decision-making.
There are a number of notable cases of atheists engaging in groupthink (see: Atheism and groupthink).