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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

Happy Jake Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 12:55 PM
It's not that atheists CANNOT be socially conservative, it's that most choose not to be because they don't have the moral understanding that comes with faith in God. Without God, you cannot justify calling, for example, the cohabitation of an unmaried couple, "wrong." No one is obviously hurt by it. It meets with the "if it's OK for you it's OK" ideal. And there's not a single secular reason to oppose it except, possibly, that it's easy for one partner to abandon the other without legal consequence (and then, only if you consider THAT a bad thing.) The best an atheist can do with morality is calling bad that which hurts someone. Since hurt is relative, then "bad" is relative. Without God there can be no objective morality.
For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives.

This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America -- because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social conservatism. Furthermore, the division is logically and morally untenable. A conservative conserves all American values, not just economic ones.

By "social conservatism," I am referring to the second and third components of what I call the American Trinity -- liberty, "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum."

It is worth noting that a similar bifurcation does not exist on the left. One...

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