one who believes in principle in general government regulation of people's personal freedom, often as a result of their religious beliefs
Social conservatives tend to be against abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, physician assisted suicide, gun control and affirmative action and for prayer in public schools, capital punishment and supporting Israel.
Another term for theocratic fascist. Social conservatives tend to be fundamentalist Christians and right wing Republicans. They want their own version of morality to be enforced through legislation. Most of them hate gays, "liberals" (which are defined as anyone who supports personal freedom or redistribution of wealth) and non-Christians. They support prayer and Bible reading in public schools and the scientific FACT of evolution to be replaced by their own creation myth. Most of them have never read a biology text book and so they often butcher was evolution really is in favor of their own straw man arguments. They usually don't believe in Global warming, In addition they think it is the job of the United State's military to bomb and occupy Muslim countries to protect Israel, even though most Israelis do not want our help and generally believe we are making the situation worse. Not all Republicans are social conservatives and their are exceptions to this generalization
George W. Bush is a social conservative who for the first time in 50+ years allowed employers to discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs. W lied to the American people and started a war in Iraq on false premises. He butchered civil liberties and the bill of rights with the so-called "Patriot" Act.