Nonetheless, the party's association with a particular brand of fundamentalist Christianity has shaped many of its political positions (including not only hostility to Catholic Irish nationalism, but to homosexuality too).
"The DUP today (Saturday) held discussions with representatives of the Conservative Party in line with Arlene Foster's commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", the party said.
However, critics called the statement "tone deaf and stubborn" after May neglected to acknowledge the fact that the Conservatives' position had significantly weakened. May's party won 318 seats, 12 fewer than it had before May called a snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority.
Arkush, a leader in Britain's Jewish communities, told The Times of Israel he believes the results of the election to be a loss for British Jews and for Israel.
Theresa May had a slender majority in the United Kingdom parliament, and told the British people that a new election was necessary, to ensure that she could "secure the best deal for the UK", during the negotiations on the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.
May shrugged off suggestions her days in Downing St. were numbered.
Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May previous year - called May a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time. As results trickled in, early victories for Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership hinted at a tough ride for the Conservative Party.
While May expressed plans to stay in power and create a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, her unexpected defeat leaves many Britons wondering what's next for the country.
Mr Crowther said: "Though she is personally damaged as our negotiator, the suggestion that Mrs May's dismal electoral performance relieves the Government of the need to achieve full Brexit is absolutely unacceptable".
Mrs May said: "What the country needs now more than ever is certainty". One employee she fired edited four editions of the Evening Standard on Friday, each of them more ferocious than the last. In contrast to conservative evangelicals in the United States, who forged a tacit political alliance with conservative Catholics decades ago, the Free Presbyterians have strong anti-Catholic views.
"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.
Eventually, late on Friday afternoon, she was propelled back before the TV cameras to say sorry to defeated candidates. Whilst the DUP and the Conservatives do share some values, the DUP are startlingly controversial, and many Conservatives will find it hard to reconcile the differences between the parties.
After Paisley's departure as party leader, the DUP had some hard times.
The British government does not have long to ink a deal.
Corbyn said Labour would try to amend the Queen's Speech to include its own commitments to end austerity and boost public spending.
Comey on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of firing him to try to undermine the bureau's investigation of possible collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign team and Russian Federation, but did not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice.
"I don't think that's in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) almost as much as security is", said Sheard, 22.