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Among The ‘Teavangelicals’: Do Conservative Christians Dominate The Tea Party?

David Brody has christened them “Teavangelicals.”

There’s so much overlap between the Tea Party and conservative evangelicals that Brody, chief political correspondent for TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, came up with his own term for this particular political animal. Read more

Eastern Education: What Americans Could Learn from Poland’s Growing Church-State Separation Movement

At a time when the Religious Right wants to put church and state together like peanut butter and jelly, there is a growing movement for church-state separation in a Catholic-dominated Eastern European country. Read more

Poisonous Brew: Beware Of The Tea Party’s Theocratic Kool-Aid

Is the Tea Party really just the Religious Right in a tri-corner hat? Two scholars seem to think so.

In a fascinating op-ed in The New York Times yesterday, David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam talked about the kind of Americans who came to identify with that much-discussed movement.  Campbell, an associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, and Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, have done the research to tell us where the Tea Party really came from. Read more

Bad Choice: Ohio Official Drops Creationism Crusade – And Takes Up School Vouchers

Some people just don’t know when to give up.  Take Springboro (Ohio) school board member Kelly Kohls. Kohls recently suggested that “intelligent design,” the current variation of creationism, be taught in her local public schools.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Kohls said, “Creationism is a significant part of the history of this country. It is an absolutely valid theory and to omit it means we are omitting part of the history of this country.” Read more

It’s Their (Tea) Party – And The Religious Right Is Invited: Poll Shows Movements Closely Linked

A new poll confirms what a lot of us have suspected for a while now: The Tea Party and the Religious Right are more or less in sync.

The poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found that nearly half (47 percent) of Tea Party activists consider themselves part of the Religious Right. They are also overwhelming Christian, with 81 percent identifying with that faith. Read more

Weekend Warriors: Lessons From The ‘Values Voter Summit’

I survived the Values Voter Summit this past weekend. I’ll have a full report in the October Church & State, but here’s a sneak preview of some of the things I learned at this event: Read more

Dubious ‘Destiny’: Glenn Beck & Co. Are Leading Americans Toward Intolerance, Extremism

Glenn Beck escalates his war on church-state separation tonight with a “Divine Destiny” event at the Kennedy Center here in Washington, D.C.

According to Beck’s Web site, the program will feature “an inspiring look at the role faith played in the founding of America and the role it will play again in its destiny. The audience for the event will be overwhelmingly made up of pastors, ministers and clergy: a modern day Black Robe Regimen [sic]. Read more

Having A Party: Religious Right Gets An Invitation To Tea

For months I’ve been trying to figure out what to make of the “tea party” movement.

Is it merely another band of anti-government, low-tax activists with a libertarian populist edge – or will it become the next wave of the Religious Right? Do the tea partiers intend to stay focused on issues like smaller government or will they take on social issues? Read more

Holy-War Fever: Radical Rhetoric Stokes Flames Of Right-Wing Paranoia

Is America on the verge of a holy war?

One writer seems to think so. In a provocative Esquire article, John H. Richardson detects an increasingly radical – and potentially violent – stream of religious-political activism afoot in the United States. Read more