Social conservatism refers to conservative values on non-fiscal matters, such as the promoting defense of marriage, opposition to abortion, opposition to homosexuality, and promoting common sense Christian values. The views of social conservatives and religious conservatives often overlap.
Religious conservatism is a big driver of social conservatism. Religious conservatism is growing in the world and it is affecting politics (see: Religious conservatism and politics).
Social conservatism can be contrasted with the marriage-destroying, homosexual-agenda pushing, atheistic, baby-murdering social liberalism that the Democrat party is so fond of. Libertarians also oppose social conservatism in some extent whenever social conservatism advocates government intervention for its goals. Some moderates and pragmatists within the Republican Party in the U.S. also believe some of the social conservative ideas, such as restrictions on contraceptives, are not practical in today's society. Neoconservatives, particularly those of the Bush variety, oppose various forms of social conservatism.
Social conservative attributes
A social conservative may be defined as one who regards as still valuable the ideals that have traditionally been regarded as central to the welfare of our society. Those who are socially conservative in Western society may be regarded as radical were they to promote their ideas in another society, such as Saudi Arabia.
Those who believe in social conservatism would assert that it needs to be distinguished from mere fiscal conservatism. Social conservatives deplore the waste of public financial resources, but do not make the achievement of national wealth an aim to be divorced from the goal of enabling that wealth to benefit the people as a whole.
The term "social conservative" might be used for one who holds to particular ideals but has no concept of promoting them in society at large. But generally social conservatives are conceptualized as regarding their views as worthy of being supported for the benefit of society as a whole. Thus they are concerned with the role of government, which is capable of either supporting or undermining the foundations on which society has been built.
Some of the foregoing is adapted from material written by the present writer and posted on SocialConservatives.ca .
See also: Evolution and liberalism.
Most liberals/leftists tend to be evolutionists (see: Evolution and liberalism).
In July 2000, Creation Ministries International reported:
|“|| For years, many people have scoffed at any suggestion that the evils in society could be linked with the teaching of the theory of evolution. But new research has confirmed what Bible-believers have known all along—that the rising acceptance of Darwin’s theory is related to declining morality in the community.
The research survey of 1535 people, conducted by the Australian National University, revealed that belief in evolution is associated with moral permissiveness. Darwin himself apparently feared that belief in evolution by the common man would lead to social decay. The survey showed that people who believed in evolution were more likely to be in favour of premarital sex than those who rejected Darwin’s theory. Another issue which highlighted the contrast between the effect of evolutionary ideas and that of biblical principles was that Darwinians were reported to be ‘especially tolerant’ of abortion.
In identifying the primary factors determining these differences in community attitudes, the author of the research report, Dr Jonathan Kelley, said: ‘The single most important influence after church attendance is the theory of evolution.’