As a foreigner, I'm fairly new in my understanding of American politics. Recently, while doing some research on another topic I came across this site:http://conservapedia.com/Main_Page
It's a good read - I don't think I've ever been more consistently offended by a web site.
Sure - you've got the usual liberal bashing rhetoric (a good deal more insulting than I usually see, however)...
The Worst Fiscal Crisis Since The Great Depression. No worries, the President of the United States has the time to personally post on his Twitter account.
Dumb, dumber and dumbest: "Michael Moore will be guest on Keith Olbermann's first new 'Countdown' show tonight"  ... in front of a clueless liberal audience.
Some of the primary topics they have on their first page deal with creationism - and 'fighting against the atheistic evolution movement'...
The popular Christian YouTube video maker Shockofgod is rolling out the creationist tanks in Texas. A team of creationists is telling Texas churches about Creation Ministries International's Question evolution! campaign this week!
The Shockawenow blog reports multiple ways the campaign is being spread. Texas is a key state when it comes to U.S. biology textbooks. Shockofgod says a team of creationists is going to take "massive action"!
Government-funded atheism leads to an absurd, untestable claim that "at least 30 million black holes had formed before the universe was 1 billion years old."  Was there Al Gore-style global warming then, too???
Government funded atheism? WTF is that?
So I was curious how they define a conservative:http://conservapedia.com/Conservatism
Alternatively, a conservative is willing to learn and advocate the insights of economics and the morality of the Bible for the benefit of all, recognizing that the Bible is the most logical book ever written. Specifically, conservatives seek or support:
Limited government and balanced budgets
Capitalism and free markets
Prohibition of abortion and respect for human life
Traditional marriage, not same-sex marriage
Respect for differences between men and women, boys and girls
Laws against pornography
The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms
Economic allocative efficiency (as opposed to popular equity)
The death penalty
Parental control of education
Private medical care and retirement plans
Canceling failed social support programs
No world government
Enforcement of current laws regarding immigration
Respect for our military ... past and present
Rejection of junk science such as evolution and global warming
Low taxes, especially for families
Confederationism (less power for the federal government and more for local and state governments)
A strong national defense
- Limited government and balanced budgets
I can't argue against that. But some of those ideals they strive for are downright scary. Particularly:
- The Death Penalty
It would be cheaper than stuffing people into prisons I guess.... I do realize there's arguments for both sides - but even one person killed accidentally is too many.
- Laws against pornography
The only law against pornography is that it shouldn't be sold to minors under 18. Everything else is fine.
- Traditional marriage, not same-sex marriage
- Classroom prayer
- Prohibition of abortion and respect for human life
- Abstinence education
- Rejection of junk science such as evolution and global warming
This group I lump together because they are absolutely terrifying to me as an atheist. Calling Evolution junk science is basically saying they are rejecting reality. (Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. As such, I haven't really gone into the research behind evolution and instead I have accepted it on the basis of collective human reasoning) Classroom prayer? That doesn't make sense if you don't go to a christian school. Abortion? I'm not a woman - therefore my vote does not count. Abstinence education - I would rather teach common sense. In my roman catholic school, I was never shown how to use a condom - and my parents never showed me either. So... that was extremely embarrassing the first time. Think 40 year old virgin embarrassing.
A small percentage of conservatives are like this... right?