Conservative Christians make up the majority of the Tea Party, says Christian writer
On June 22, 2012 At 12:09 am
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David Brody, the Chief Political Correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, says that the majority of the Tea Party consists of conservative Christians. He writes about them in his book, The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America.
The "Teavangelicals," Brody says, want a "return" to Judeo-Christian values, small government and a deficit-free future. Minnesota's Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination this year, considers herself to be a "Teavangelical" because she believes in lower taxes, reduced government spending, the Constitution, and Jesus Christ.
According to Brody, the message of the "Teavangelicals" is so powerful that a non-believing Tea Party leader in New York became a Born Again Christian. Kellen Guida told Brody, "There was loud, boisterous praying and talk about our faith all the time. It was a new experience for me and it was an overwhelming experience for me and I just loved it."
In an interview with televangelist Pat Robertson, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network, Brody said that conservative Christians comprise at least half, if not more, of the Tea Party. "The truth of the matter is that, Pat, without evangelicals, without conservative Christians in the Tea Party, you're looking at maybe half a movement. The Libertarians cannot do it by themselves."
Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC) thinks there is a "spiritual component" to the Tea Party that is "akin to the Great Awakening before the American Revolution."
The Libertarian platform does not embrace the anti-gay, anti-abortion social agenda espoused by Christian conservatives, putting Libertarians at odds with the "Teavangelicals." Traditionally, the Libertarian Party has stood for the separation of church and state.
According to Brody, the Libertarian message of returning to Constitutionally-limited government is the exact same thing as a return to Judeo-Christian principals.