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Liberals, Conservatives

I seem to see the word "liberal" tossed around a lot like it's an insult, and I never understood why, so I looked it up in the dictionary:

Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.
Liberal Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism, especially in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.

how is this a bad thing? being open minded, free from bigotry? It seems like "Conservative" should be an insult- close minded, bigots trying to force christianity on everyone.