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Young Conservatives Want Less Religious Arguments - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com


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It’s well-documented that millennials are less religious than older generations, and to stay relevant with younger voters, Republicans must appreciate this fact. Millennials are fast becoming an entrenched Democratic constituency. However, Republicans shouldn’t lose faith.

Conservatism and religion complement each other, but are not codependent. As a secular, conservative millennial, I am disturbed by some Republicans’ harsh religious parlance. For young voters, this reeks of theocracy, the very system our founders (especially the irreligious ones) sought to dispel by banning state religion.

Okay, what DOES being conservative mean right now then, if it's not about religious conservatism?

Is it just a coalition of people who want lower taxes in exchange for less government services?

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