December 27, 2007

Why Are Most Theists "Conservative"?


I realize this is a different question than I asked yesterday. But, I realized that they require two very different answers, and I only have theories for today's wording.

Do theists align themselves with "conservatism" because "conservatism" tends to desire the legislation of a similar morality that they align themselves with?

Or, in this country, where "theist" means Christian in 90% of cases, do Christian's simply have an inherent appreciation for the power of freedom?

7 comments:

Brent said...

Their leaders told them to.

Sabai said...

So...

Do their LEADERS align themselves with "conservatism" because "conservatism" tends to desire the legislation of a similar morality that they align themselves with?

Or, as Christians, do they simply have an inherent appreciation for the power of freedom?

Or C)
is divine wisdom foolishness to man, and there's point in us trying to argue it in flesh

Arcane Rest said...

just read it after reading the last one...i agree

Steve said...

Hey, sorry I've been away from a while.

Define most, though. From most figures I've found, at least 85 percent of people in the U.S. would be defined as theists, and given the political split in the last few elections being fairly even, (if you go off party affiliation, which is far from a perfect measure, but is at least somewhat close) that would mean at least 41% of theists voted for the Democrats.

Also, at least with Iowa Evangelicals, it seemed like you got a decent indication of the reason last night. They overwhelmingly supported Huckabee, who has more social conservative credentials, over the other candidates, who had better conservative credentials in most other areas.

As far as the freedom answer, well, 1st Amendment rights are one of the issues on which I am fairly liberal, and my views are much more expansive than, say, Antonin Scalia.

Sabai said...

so steve, republicans are looking for a moral leader, a Jesus figure, if you will?

and for what I know about your views Steve-o, I think you should look at one Ron Paul :)

Steve said...

Truthfully, I'd probably rank Paul second among the Republicans, although if I look closer he might top McCain. The problem would be he might be a little too libertarian on some tax issues for my taste. I might be wrong, but I seem to remember him being one of the national sales tax crowd. Then again, I doubt that has any chance of passing anyway, so we're all good.

chris said...

I do not believe theists tend to align themselves with conservatism.