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Poll Finds Overlap Between Tea Party, Christian Right

Posted on Oct 5, 2010
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Certain members and proponents of the tea-party movement may claim that diversity abounds among their ranks, but through the magic of polling, the Public Religion Research Institute has sketched out a shared belief system that bears resemblance to another, more established political coalition in the U.S.  —KA


The survey found significant overlap between the Tea Party, made up mostly of Republicans, and the religious right, which has played a significant political role for decades.

“Members of the Tea Party are certainly potential supporters of a Christian conservative agenda,” said Robert Jones, an author of the study.

But Tea Party supporters report a stronger opposition to government than Republicans or Christian conservatives as a whole, Jones said.

Nearly half of those who identify with the Tea Party believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and a similar proportion thinks that public officials do not pay enough attention to religion, the survey found. They are more likely than the population as a whole to view America as a Christian nation.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment

Let me see…the Teaparty wants to repeal the 14th Amendment (and some want the 13th and 15th to go, too, re-allowing slavery).  There are numerous baggers with signs that read “I don’t want socialism (translation: a fair deal for others) you arrogant Kenyon (translation: Uppity nigger)!”
The Religious Right is symbiotically linked with the Teaparty… and you get….

A White racist religious Taliban just WAITING to take control of America and tell us all how to live, that we must be Christians, and that non-whites aren’t really Americans.

And people WANT THAT???????????????????????

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By samosamo, October 7, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment


The reason the founding fathers tried separating
religion from the state were the abject results
when it was so. But religion was useful by
governments to control or placate the masses.

Throwing religion into governing only gives
governing the ‘whims’ that would result from
emotional and greedy moods that occur. My own
anger is the use by government to finance
religion through the faith based initiatives, of
paying religious organizations federal money
which, instead of helping those in need, was too
often used for the theologic leaders to personally
gain from such a program. Basically a system ripe
for corruption, abuse and misuse.

Purely a social program for religious zealots
prone to the misuse and abuse which,
supposedly, would not happen when it was
provided for in the social services of government.

But no more as corruption and the subversion of
the social payments to those wanting their ‘piece
of the pie’ of social grand larceny. So, it seems
that no matter how publicly reviled socialism is
made to be, it is welcomed by those who think
they should benefit from it.

And I tend to think that is what a lot of the
teabaggers want from their ‘smaller and
deregulated’ government no matter how noble
sounding they are. Because, if and when elected
they too will welcome the social monies AND I
have little doubt those ‘lobbying’ bribery dollars
that flow so freely to the people we elect and the
employees at all levels of government.

I wonder if the ‘influence peddling’ and bribery
laws are still on the books and it is just an
oversight that law enforcement and the justice
system somehow or the other ‘overlook’ those

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By LJL, October 7, 2010 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

Thanks, Tobygirl, for your comments.  It’s sad that the grumpy seem to be ruling the day.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 7, 2010 at 8:53 am Link to this comment
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As long as he’s paid all of his taxes and fees to the county government, love thy neighbor as thyself.
Otherwise may he and all his belongings burn here and in hell.  Good Christian principles to live by.

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By Tobysgirl, October 7, 2010 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

LJL, did you read the Rolling Stone piece? Atrophied glutes in scooters and lots of oxygen tanks. And, please, no comments about my insensitivity to the disabled: I’m disabled.

The most depressing thing about aging is realizing that most people don’t get any wiser as they get older. They just seem to get greedier and more self-involved. Very sad.

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By purplewolf, October 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Yeah and the old testament thinks slavery is okay too. bet the’s will approve of that and the demotion of women into that of lower than a dog.

God, save me from your religious lunatics. And hurry please.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 6, 2010 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

ico, suave, October 5 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

Now there’s a shocking headline!

Yeah (yawn). It’s a real surprise.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 6, 2010 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Fat Freddy, October 6 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

ron paul sucks.

Would you care to expand on that statement?

Be careful what you ask for, FF! smile

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By Fat Freddy, October 6, 2010 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

ron paul sucks.

Would you care to expand on that statement?

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By ronjeremy, October 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment
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just goes to show that those who believe in something, or at least say they do by going to by meeting with others once a week, are very organized.  at least when it comes to marches and placard waving

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By LJL, October 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

Tea Party ideas can only be explained by the mental deterioration that accompanies early onset Alzheimer’s.  Clearly the Baggers’ irrational abhorence of the American government, which in fact has been extraordinarily generous to their age group through Social Security and Medicare and their loudly proclaimed narrow minded religion prejudices have no other rational cause than their age related illness.  And for the country to allow itself to be swayed by Tea Partiers’ votes would be to surrender to mental illness.

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By ribbie149, October 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

I’m shocked…shocked, I tell you!

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By Eric Johnson, October 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment
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ron paul sucks.

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By Fat Freddy, October 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

Yes, the Tea Party has been hijacked. Send the Ron Paul faction to the Libertarian Party, where they belong.

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By gerard, October 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

When an article like this appears anyplace, we need to first make some corrections.

The Tea Party says it represents stereotoypical Christian ideology, but much of its political ideology is very un-Christian, and not a mere matter of interpretation. They oppose welfare, national health insurance, corporate and banking regulations, action on global warming.  The support wars—even wars of aggression like Iraq and Afghanistan. They tend to believe that poor people “deserve” to be poor and that all “criminals” should be punished severely. They do not support equal rights. All this is un-Christian at the core == ungenerous, unforgiving, and discriminatory. As to supporting the US Constitutioin, They do not support separation of church and state, and have grave doubts about religious freedom for nonChristians.
  They talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. I’m sure most people commenting here know this, and yet it seems necessary to repeatedly emphasize the differences between words and actions, fact and fiction.

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By rico, suave, October 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Now there’s a shocking headline!

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