quote: Interesting. How so? The image I'm left with when I hear the word "conservative" is someone who holds religion, traditions and "moral" over scientific progress and freedom of the individual.
quote: You cite religion, tradition, morals, science and freedoms as if it was a list you have to prioritize or balance. I see each of those as separate entities. I don't have to give up freedoms to respect traditions.
quote: No, exactly. And that was really my point. The image I have of conservatives (This image may very well be a wrong one, I'm not denying that.) is that many of them seem to put for instance their religious beliefs, or what they themselves find "morally right" (what does that even mean?) over other people's freedom to live their life the way they want and find right and just.
quote: "I don't like it/my religion doesn't allow it, therefore it should be prohibited for everyone." It's a matter of trying to prevent anyone with opposing views from exercising their rights, which is, amusingly, the exact thing many self proclaimed conservatives in here seem to want to pin on liberals. :)
quote: And no, having morals is not a hindrance to scientific advance. :) Morals is entirely a good thing. The problem starts when people try to impose their morals on others, thereby limiting other people's opportunity to advance. This I feel is somewhat of a conservative trait.