What is the connection between political beliefs and religous beliefs?

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Mamoixen
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I always notice that as you go from left to right in the spectrum of political agenda, religious beliefs tend to affect your political beliefs more. I.e. there is a positive correlation between 'increasing right vs. increasing religious beliefs'. For example, I noticed a greater proportion of conservative MP's were religiously opposed gay marriage when it went through the house of commons.

Why does it seem that the left is more secular?

I would describe myself on the right in political agenda (mostly conservative) views, but I'm also completely against religion, and therefore obviously a supporter of secularism (religion has no place in politics).

What's the connection?
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I always notice that as you go from left to right in the spectrum of political agenda, religious beliefs tend to affect your political beliefs more. I.e. there is a positive correlation between 'increasing right vs. increasing religious beliefs'. For example, I noticed a greater proportion of conservative MP's were religiously opposed gay marriage when it went through the house of commons.

Why does it seem that the left is more secular?

I would describe myself on the right in political agenda (mostly conservative) views, but I'm also completely against religion, and therefore obviously a supporter of secularism (religion has no place in politics).

What's the connection?
Religious texts are pretty old and quite socially conservative, hence those not indoctrinated with such views are more open to social liberalism.
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There is indeed a link between political and religious beliefs, but it doesn't necessarily serve the right.

It has been said that socialism in England owes as much to the dissenters and non-conformists as to Marx, and as much as there are many recusant Tories and Evelyn Waugh-style wannabes, the fact remains that most Catholics still vote Labour.
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It takes a while to notice but essentially the mainnpolitical force in politics in the UK is secular liberalism and that an ideological belief system is found on the fringes of politics whether it's the belief in Marxism say or the literal reading of the gospel. Additionally the axioms of left and right are generally meaningless in such matters of religious belief.
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