Friday, October 15, 2010

Tea Party Christians and Conservatives

A new poll is out from the Public Religion Institute, which describes how Tea Party members view themselves.

“First, it’s an overwhelmingly Christian group. 81% identify as Christian, and nearly half (47%) say they are part of the religious right or conservative Christian movement.

“Secondly, it isn’t libertarian, it’s much more socially conservative, with 63% saying abortion should be illegal and only 18% in favor of gay marriage.

“Third, it is fundamentally a Republican movement. 76 percent identify or lean towards the Republican party.

“And last, not terribly surprisingly, the media has blown their numbers out of proportion, only 11 percent of the population identifies with the Tea Party movement.

Though relatively small so far, the Tea Party is a vocal group. You don’t need a lot of voters to swing an election or a referendum, particularly if the nation is split fairly evenly in its opinions. As religious convictions play a larger and larger roll in national politics, advocates of restoring God in America’s laws, coupled with the idea that God is punishing America for its departure from His laws, there can be serious consequences for freedom of religion and worship. The U.S. Constitution’s separation of church and state could easily be undermined.