Whither Social Conservatism?

Here is Bruce Walker writing at American Thinker:

Social conservatives ought to support, without reservations, Donald Trump in 2016. His selection of Pence, the man most likely to succeed Trump, is important, and his list of potential Supreme Court nominees is even better. The convention showed just how much Trump loves and trusts his family as well, and that matters.

After November 2016, however, social conservatives need to figure out a better way to promote their values than simply as an appendage of the Republican Party. As Republicans, these social conservatives are being asked, for example, to accept homosexuality as moral. Polls show that many Americans do not believe that proposition.

Social conservatives are quietly asked to mute their concerns with the judicially created laws regarding abortion despite the fact that many of us believe that abortion is murder. Most polls show that a plurality of Americans want stricter laws on abortion, favor laws requiring parental consent for abortions on minors, and oppose late-term abortions entirely. Indeed, the most recent Gallup poll shows that a plurality of Americans – 45% to 43% – feels that abortion is morally wrong.

Purging God for public life is another aspect of judicially mandated secular humanism that most Americans find offensive. Voluntary prayers at high school football games or a moment of silence in school assemblies is hardly imposing Christianity on unwilling students. If social conservatives flee the field of political combat even on government banning these, out of some misplaced sense of Republican loyalty, then we have lost more than we can ever gain.

These is no reason why conservative Americans, the largest ideological group in America, ought to be made to sit in the back of the bus. With votes, with consumer decisions, and with gentle suasion, conservative Americans can have the proper voice in the political, social, and business life of America.

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