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One Fifth Of Tea Party Is Non Christian

In its press release describing the results of its latest survey of political identity and religion in the United States, the Public Religion Research Institute expressed surprise at what it described as a large number of conservative Christians among people identifying themselves as members of the Tea Party: 49 percent. That statistic is surprising to me, but only because I expected the rate of conservative Christianity to be higher among self-identified Tea Party members.

An equally surprising statistic from the survey is that 19 percent of respondents identifying themselves as Tea Party members are non-Christians. That’s just a little bit lower than the rate of non-Christianity in the general U.S. population: 24 percent.

A word of advice to the leaders of the Democratic Party: Even after years in which you’ve pandered to Christian leaders, through efforts such as expanding George W. Bush’s corrupt White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives and offering special meetings for religious Americans only at the Democratic National Convention, the majority of Christians in the United States supports the Republican Party. Yet, the Christian portion of the American population is shrinking. The Democratic Party ought to cease its attempt to copy the Republicans’ theocratic agenda, and return to support for the Constitution and the separation of Church and State. This approach will appeal to non-Christians and to liberal Christians alike, bringing together an electoral majority that will continue to grow for years to come.

In the short term, Democratic support for the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion would likely pull away a sizeable chunk of Tea Party supporters as well.

7 thoughts on “One Fifth Of Tea Party Is Non Christian”

  1. Tom says:

    Great choice we have: spineless, corrupt, corporate-leaning democrats vs evil, greedy, corrupt,
    and corporate-embracing Republicans. i say let’s just GIVE the election to the Republicans and allow the whole Ponzi scheme to collapse. That way we can start rebuilding sooner rather than wait the ten or so years of suffering they have planned for us (to suck all the money and value up to the top .01%). The election won’t change anything for the better anyway (as we’ve seen with fraud Obama), so why bother? “Just for the show” isn’t cutting it any more.

    1. Jim says:

      I know, Tom. Why don’t we just blow everything up so rebuilding can start sooner? Then, once the rebuilding starts again, we can bomb it all to heck right away so the next round of rebuilding can start sooner, too?

  2. Tom says:

    Did you see this?

    How much evidence do we need regarding the complete fraud that the banking sector is and how “our” government actually protects them and condones this shit?

  3. Tom says:

    How about trashing the environment via White House running cover for the BP Gulf disaster?

  4. Tom says:

    Jim – i was being facetious (i wouldn’t give the damn republitards ANYTHING).

    i see that Obama has “refused to sign” the bill i linked to above. Of course that’s not the same as vetoing it, but its a start . . .

    1. Jim says:

      Ah, I didn’t get the snark.

      The sad thing is, a surprising number of people on the left subscribe to the “let it all go to rot so then it can get better” line.

      1. J. Clifford says:

        Well, I’ve got a rotten Blue Dog Democrat representing me in Congress, and the Democrats won’t challenge him with a more progressive alternative. So, should I vote for the Democrat? No, I don’t think so. I’d rather that he loses, and the Democrats learn a lesson and come back with a better alternative in two years.

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