If “religion” is not your top political priority then we have something in common my friend! People who have actually studied the Bible (which excludes the famous atheists on this forum) know that when Christ walked the earth he never (not once) got involved in politics. While I am a Christian, I understand and respect the separation of church and state.
In an age of relativism it seems that those (like me) who stand up for traditional values are labeled as “religious.” Compared to the twenty something liberal free thinkers who pound the keyboard on this forum, but who have never had a family or perhaps even a real job, I guess I am pretty conservative. However, no more conservative than most of Middle America, and as I have predicted on many occasions, many of those younger than I who espouse more liberal beliefs will have a sudden change of heart in 10 or so years.
As to the main point of your post: First of all I think that people are attracted to a certain party because they share those same beliefs, not the other way around as you have stated it.
You have actually given an example to which I can personally relate. I am indeed against the death penalty but pro life! This would indicate that I disagree with the Republican Party on this particular issue. However, one is attracted to a particular political party for many reasons.
As I have posted before, the Republican Party seems to encourage that independence that made America great to begin with. Entrepreneurship, low taxes, smaller government, etc. These are the things that will keep the USA economically strong.
Furthermore, I think that President Bush is on the right track with the war on terrorism. I also think that five or ten years from now he will be proven right! Should I then not defend him when those on the other side attack?
There are other issues which I do not agree with the Republican Party. However, over all the views of that particular party pretty much line up with my own. Should I take them to task for the few differences that we have on this board? No, there are others who perform that role far better than I ever could!