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Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

jkarov Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 8:20 AM
I think the central document of our founding should be the only benchmark by which laws are made, and parties should run for Congress or President. The Constitution mentions religion in two primary places, and both make it clear that: 1)Congress shall make no law establishing a religion, or preventing the free exercise thereof 2) no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. (Article 6, paragraph 3) As a conservative for 40 years, I don't want laws based on religion or faith, I want laws based on the Constitution. I happen to be a non-theist conservative, meaning I don't have any religious belief at all, but I do want small government, balanced budgets
One of the largest elephants in the GOP's post-election room is the fate of Christian and other social conservatives. Party honchos can't just wish this problem away -- or, maybe they can.

There has been increasing hostility toward Christian involvement in politics, and the animus hasn't been solely from the left. To be sure, Democrats have taken the lead, demonizing conservative Christians as science-challenged scolds who don't care about women's "reproductive rights," but there is plenty of antipathy from certain elements within the Republican Party, as well.

Many establishment and some libertarian Republicans have long looked upon Christian conservatives with mild, condescending...