American Conservatism is polluted by religion. Perhaps “polluted” is too harsh a term as I have nothing against religion as long as it is kept at home and doesn’t interfere with the process of government, but I can’t think of a better word.
In essence, Conservatism is about minimising government interference. Generally it succeeds at the task, but when it comes to religious issues it totally loses the plot.
Minimising government should extend to people’s private lives, but that’s an area that religion can’t help interfering in.
It should butt out of the class room (as should liberalism). It should minimise its interference on gun ownership (full marks there) but also abortion, gay marriage and whether to believe in the creation should be left in the hands of individuals. Government has no place being involved in such choices. It should be anathema for Conservative governments and if if was not for the inerference of religion, it surely would be.
This is a huge blind spot for many Conservatives.