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Christian Fundamentalists
Steeped In Tea Party Movement

Bitter Religious Intolerance
At The Heart Of The Tea Party Protests

A great deal of attention has been given to the racism and homophobia that pervades the Tea Party movement, and rightly so. There is another ugly side to the Tea Party movement that has received less attention, however: Its alignment with Christian fundamentalism.

For every racist or anti-gay sign seen at a Tea Party Protest, there's a sign that proclaims that the USA is a nation for Christians above everybody else, and that all other Americans should accept second class status. For example, there's the Tea Party protest sign that reads, "We need a Christian President". The first problem with this sign is that it ignores the fact that the current President, Barack Obama, is a Christian. Republicans, of all people, ought to remember their outrage against Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former preacher, who detractors said was the wrong kind of Christian, but was undeniably Christian.

The Constitution of the United States makes it clear, actually, that religious belief is not an appropriate qualification President of the United States. The original body of the Constitution declares that there shall be no religious test for any public office. The Founding Fathers did not believe that we do need a Christian President in particular.

Besides that, it just so happens that every single President of the United States has been Christian - even the presidents that the Tea Party protesters don't approve of. Clearly, the Tea Party protesters are unhappy with the condition of the nation, a condition that has been brought about by uniformly Christian presidents. If the Tea Party protesters were capable of clear, logical thought, they would understand that electing a Christian president will not in itself get them what they want.

Trapped in an illogical loop, the Tea Party activists have come to two incompatible conclusions: First, they claim that the United States of America is a Christian nation. Second, they claim that the United States of America has been taken over by people who hate Christianity. Thus, they carry angry signs of protest, demanding recognition from America's leaders: "Speak for yourself, Obama. We are a Christian nation."

If the USA is a Christian nation, how the Tea Party activists want to unseat its democratically-elected leaders? Wouldn't these leaders be representative of Christian values, if ours is a Christian nation?

Of course, the United States is not a Christian nation. It's a nation that happens to have many Christians in it. The nation itself, however is a non-Christian entity, as its representative government is forbidden from acting to establish any religion. Christianity is never mentioned in the Constitution. Neither is any specifically Christian belief. Besides that, the culture of the United States of America has always been diverse, with people of many religious backgrounds, including non-Christian religions and traditions of rejection of religion as a whole as well.

The language of the Constitution is profoundly against many biblical principles, despite what Tea Party enthusiasts claim. The rights to free speech and free speech, for example, contradict the command against making graven images. Freedom of religion contradicts the command that people worship no-one but the Jewish-Christian deity God.

Still, Tea Party activists declare that Barack Obama must be removed from political office on purely Christian grounds. They claim that "Obama is the AntiChrist" - a supernaturally created magical being that will rule the world before being defeated by a new, more militant version of Jesus. A basic problem with this argument, aside from the fact that it's based purely upon mystical, unsubstantiated prophecies both ancient and modern, is that Tea Party activists are criticizing Barack Obama for not being tough enough against other countries. How is Obama the AntiChrist supposed to take over the world if he's being too tolerant and non-threatening to foreign leaders?

Tea Party protesters oppose non-religious Americans ("God haters"), and anybody else who wants to keep the government a neutral, secular sphere as the Founding Fathers envisioned it. They also oppose members of Non-Christian religions, though. They carry signs protesting against the idea that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

"Jesus is Lord - Not Allah" reads one such sign. These signs miss the point that, in the United States, neither Allah nor Jesus is Lord. In the USA, we don't have lords and ladies. We elect our leaders, and no supernatural beings are supposed to be used as an excuse for undemocratic activities.

A group of Tea Party activists has created a political agenda that they call the "9-12 Project", with nine principles, the second of which is "I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life." With statements like these, Tea Party protesters are sending a clear signal to the growing numbers of Americans who don't center their public lives around religion: Only religious fundamentalists are welcome in the Tea Party.

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