I think this is largely due to the modern conservative movement being more like a cult than a political movement. They select their ideological dogma and then construct or obstruct the facts to allow themselves to maintain strict adherence to scripture. The Cult of Con is a faith, not fact-based ideology and thou shalt not blaspheme!
The following exchange took place on WPR's Joy Cardin show Facebook page under the topic of Republicon food restriction to punish the poor poor poverty. Enjoy!