Ben Smith of Politico suggests that Christian conservatives don’t support the Tea Party movement:
The rise of a new conservative grass-roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass-roots, the evangelical Christian right.
“There’s a libertarian streak in the tea party movement that concerns me as a cultural conservative,” said Bryan Fischer, director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association. “The tea party movement needs to insist that candidates believe in the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.”
Perhaps Mr. Fischer should direct his insistence at the more foolish members of his own flock who fall for liberal propaganda:
“As far as I can tell [the tea party movement] has a politics that’s irreligious. I can’t see how some of my fellow conservatives identify with it,” said Richard Cizik, who broke with a major evangelical group over his support for government action on climate change, but who remains largely in line with the Christian right on social issues. “The younger Evangelicals who I interact with are largely turned off by the tea party movement – by the incivility, the name-calling, the pathos of politics.”
Who are these “younger Evangelicals” who share Mr. Cizik’s global-warming gullibiity and his neurasthenic horror of “incivility”? These fools evidently overlook the moral argument for economic freedom, which I explained in October 2008:
Some years ago, I was asked to speak to a Christian homeschooling conference — my wife and I have homeschooled our six children — and during the question-and-answer session after the speech, I faced a question for which I was unprepared.
“How has your Christian faith influenced your political beliefs?”
This stunned me into silence for a second. Then I answered: “Well, I guess it comes down to that part about ‘Thou shalt not steal.'”
From there I proceeded to discuss the basic immorality of the welfare state, how it is wrong for government to take money that one man has worked for and give it to someone who hasn’t earned it. . . .
Read the whole thing, Mr. Cizik. I hestitate to counsel you further, lest I violate the Solomonic wisdom of Proverbs 23:9.