Religion as a conservative belief and conservative beliefs

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  • Religion as a conservative force
    • It is a conservative for 2 ways
      • 1. Being "traditional."
      • 2. Maintains the status quo.
    • Conservative beliefs
      • Many of them oppose changes that would allow individuals more freedom in personal and sexual matters.
        • Example: The Catholic Church forbids divorce, abortion and artificial contraception. It opposes gay marriage and condemns homosexual behaviour/feelings.
      • Most religions uphold family values and often favour a traditional, patriarchal family and domestic division of labour.
        • Example: Before 1966, women had to promise to "obey," their husband in the wedding vows.
        • Also dominate in non-Christian religions.
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