If the term Social Conservatives does not ring a bell, the term that Social Conservatives are sometimes otherwise referred to, The Christian/Religious Right might be more familiar to you… or the other way round. If neither of these terms are making much sense to you, they are, basically, a group of people (and also a faction in the U.S Republican Party) who advocate the preservation of what are seen as ‘traditional’ values. They generally have more a more profoundly Conservative political ideology, and are more deeply Conservative in terms of their outlook on Social Policies, seen in their opposition to abortion and stem-cell research, among other issues. Today, I thought I would answer some of the frequently asked questions about Social Conservatives for you all, whether you are a student studying about them for your A Levels, or just want to learn more. This little Q & A should give you some perspective on their aims and values 🙂
Important Note: Social Conservatives are a group of people. As with many groups, you cannot say that all members share the same ideologies or values- this depends on many factors. When I write about Social Conservatives, I mean the group generally. It’s good to keep this in mind not only when you read this article, but also when you read and write about other groups.
If you want to read the full The Atlantic article about Samuel Alito, you can find it at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/none-to-the-right-of-samuel-alito/431946/
Do you have any more questions about Social Conservatives? Ask away! Simply send your question via the comments section, which you’ll find below 🙂