Buckwheat wrote: tiltbillings wrote:
Buckwheat wrote:they are very conservative for fiscal reasons (wanting lower taxes and less regulation).
And we see how that worked out.
I didn't say I agree with them. The OP seems to imply that conservatism and religion go hand in hand. I am only pointing out that, while there is overlap, there are multiple causes for one to be conservative. To write off conservatives as religious radicals is an oversimplification that leads to misunderstanding and missing the opportunity to negotiate a middle ground, further perpetuating the entrenched, divisive politics so common today.
Yes, and I think we really need to be as specific as possible and say exactly what we mean or we end up spouting generalisations that are so useless they are not even wrong.
In this case the words "religion" and "religious" hide more than they reveal. In particular, there is a spectrum going from evangelical revivalist Christian groups, through mainstream protestant denominations and catholicism to migrants' buddhism, westerners' buddhism (if I can call them that
) and new-ageism. The are all "religious" but my list aligns pretty much with the spectrum from "conservative" to "liberal".
Even that level of discrimination is cross-hatched with divisions along rural/urban, rich/poor and ethnic lines, but I think one might be justified in saying that conservatism and some forms of
religion go hand in hand.
I have just read the link that daverupa supplied
and it looks like I accidentally summarised it without even reading it.