An Arkansas lawmaker’s proposal that would result in the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on public land looks like a jobs bill for a Religious Right legal organization.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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