It does predate religion. Who do you truly think were the individuals to decide to write down the various religions? Are you truly saying they were liberals or some form of anti traditionalists before they decided to codify traditions into religions on paper? That's entirely irrational to even suggest that conservatism has anything at all to do with religion. Conservatism (traditionalism) absolutely predates codified religion.
Try telling the ancient barbarians of Europe that the raping Christian Romans were the actual traditionalists. Try telling the Aztecs that the raping Spanish Catholics were the traditionalists.
Something tells me the Barbarians and Aztecs disagreed.
Face it. Religion is the ultimate Liberalism. The ultimate historical justification for cultural and historical rape and genocide of peoples everywhere. Religion is inherently an anti traditionalist ideology in its very core being. It has to first annihilate all original culture.
I'm conservative, but fiscally conservative. Party is irrelevant - I want the politician who wants smaller government with less spending and more individual responsibility.
The "flauntingly" religious people don't hurt me in any way. I don't care if they have religious views and "flaunt" them. Not sure what that means, BTW. Being religious isn't something people are supposed to be ashamed of. Saying you're religious - which I happen not to be but others are - and voicing your religious beliefs still isn't illegal, last I checked.
Most of the people who worry about and are antagonized by the uber-religious people are often Liberals looking to score points, or people who think Conservatism is strictly defined by views on sexuality and abortion. It's not. That isn't what Conservatism is all about to all people who self-identify as "Conservatives"..
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
The vocal religious folk are actually performing a wonderful community service.
They set the perfect stage to allow the 'tolerance crowd' to display all that tolerance they preach.
With some effort and practice the 'tolerant crowd' may even become what they want to espouse.
Or maybe they will never understand the hypocrisy of their words and deeds.
Remember, on the other side of that screen is a real person. ( Missouri Mule )
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.