Social Conservatism

  • Posted on: 28 July 2017
  • By: benfell

Also known as the religious right and as evangelicals, social conservatives are conservative Christians. They do not recognize separation of Church and State and align with traditionalist conservatives in essentially advocating theocracy. Their opposition to birth control and abortion seems to date to the Reconstruction era, when white men feared that they would lose their dominant position in society as Blacks were granted rights in three constitutional amendments, immigration was increasing, and middle class white women began exercising greater control over their fertility. They benefited from a government- and corporate-sponsored revival movement intended to highlight a distinction between U.S. society and the ‘atheistic’ so-called communists.1