Liberal conservatism is a variant of conservatism that combines conservative values and policies with classical liberal stances.
Historically, the term referred to combination of economic liberalism, which champions laissez-faire markets, with the classical conservatism concern for established tradition, respect for authority, and religious values.
They believe strongly in traditional values and politics, and often have an urgent sense of nationalism.
Social conservatives believe that the government has a role in encouraging or enforcing what they consider traditional values or behaviors.
Social conservatives see traditional social values as threatened by secularism, so they support school prayer and oppose abortion and homosexuality.
This may be achieved by comparing the in-group to the out-group on some new dimension, changing the values assigned to the attributes of the group, and choosing an alternative out-group by which to compare the in-group.
Rituals, whether secular or religious, were for Durkheim the means by which groups maintained their symbolic and moral boundaries.
Mary Douglas has subsequently emphasized the role of symbolic boundaries in organizing experience, private and public, even in a secular society.