Duh! New Survey shows Tea Party closely linked to Religious Right
Wow, tell me something I don’t know: A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (yeah, never heard of them either) showed a significant portion of Tea Baggers are in fact part of the religious right. What a fucking surprise! Although only 47% admitted to this, it’s telling 63% thought abortion should be illegal, and only 18% were in favor of gays having the legal right to marry. It makes me wonder if those surveyed were being totally honest about their true intentions.
It’s also interesting to note the Tea Party represents only 11% of the adult population, so anyone who fears they’re a huge section of America should think again. They’re just more vocal and loud than your average group, so they seem a lot bigger than they really are.
What’s also telling is how generally racist and predominantly white Tea Baggers are. Nearly 58% felt the government “has paid too much attention to the problems of blacks and other minorities”, and the overwhelming majority felt immigrants are a burden on the country because they “took ‘er jobs!”. That number, 65%, is an almost perfect match with white evangelicals who also tend to dislike anyone with a darker skin pigmentation than “eggshell white”.
There should be no doubt left in anyone’s mind about whether or not the Tea Party is a religious movement masquerading under the banner of libertarianism. Increased border security and laws against abortion and gay marriage doesn’t sound like small government to me. They just want to kill any social program that ironically seems to benefit the vast majority of people who call themselves Tea Partiers (read this amazing article in Rolling Stone about it). It’s a testament to just how stupid some people are, and how easily some folks can be tricked into working against their own interests.