I would like to do a piece on my blog, Releasing Religion, regarding mixing God & government.  And I'd like to know what opinions people have here about doing such a thing.  Some points to mention are:

Glenn Beck is well known for arguing that we have misunderstood that founding fathers & their desire to keep church & state separate.  Holding his rally on 8/28, he gathered 150.000 people to hear him talk about bringing out country "back to God".  What do you think it would do to our country to "get back to God"? 

The Tea Party has been called racist Chrisotcrats. In their recent convention, most conference sessions began with prayers.  What do you think of the Tea Party?  Do you know very little about them?  Do you know a lot?  Please share your thoughts here.

The piece will be posted on www.releasingreligion.blogspot.com

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WTF, what is he!!!
nice history lesson Park, but I think you give the masses waaaay too much credit.

Come on, you know they fall for whatever BeckRush&Co tell them. This is the same reaon they believe he is Kenyan, Muslim AND the anti-christ.

They simply do not have, or can not use, a single skeptical neuron in their noggins.
You can't. They don't even know what socialism is. It's just another "ism" they can tag their hate to.
They can deny it until the day the sun goes supernova(which as I understand it will be never), but the simple factor in all of it is racism; pure, simple.
Obama is a symbol of everything white middle class America is afraid of. A successful, black, intellectual type of man that has achieved everything that used to be considered the sole property of the white middle and upper class. The mythology of the American dream is slipping from their fingers and they feel helpless to do anything about it besides react with a morbidly irrational anger.
This racism claim has come up quite a bit. I certainly agree the TP is racist, but again, I do not accept that this has anything to do with the reason for their existence.

What if Obama were a white John Smith? Do you think anything the TP is doing, other than what they are putting on their signs, would be different? I don't.

IMO the TP exists to fight progressive democrats, regardless of their color.
He has some African features, his name is Muslim, he's smart and they can't use the N word.
There is a segment on the Tea Party right this second on MSNBC- The Last Word. You should easily be able to access the clip directly there tomorrow.
Not a big fan of tea, tea is snobby so I drink coffee.
Same here Janelle.

How about a coffee party?
That's great!!
I found out tonight that this Sat and Sun at 8pm CNN will have a show called "Boiling Point" about the Tea Party. I am SO going to watch that. I cannot wait! Hurry up weekend.

I read some articles about the Tea Party and I am coming to the conclusion that there is a lot of religion going on in there. Much more than I realized.

That's disappointing to me.

In sifting through (some) of what we've said thus far, I'd like to better understand the reason the Tea Party hates "Obamacare".

@ Maia - I have a fundy x-friend on my Facebook that I don't talk to lol. I think we are too polite to delete each other lol. We just wish each other happy birthday and not much else which is hilarious when you think that we were best friends for 20 years. I have antoher x-friend and we have the exact same situation but she is just Baptist and not fundy Baptist lol. We have a few more verbal niceities going once in a while other than happy birthday but not much more lol.

Anyway, I look at my fundy friend's Facebook and see that she thinks Obamacare is against her constitutional rights. BTW I don't think she is affiliated with the Tea Party at all since I have not ever seen it mentioned on her FB. At first I had no clue what she could have meant. Then I heard a quick snippet from somewhere something about some people don't think the government should have the right to force an individual to pay for health care. I wonder if that is what she meant?

From what I can understand, their argument is that they earned this money so they should be able to spend it how they choose, not be penalized by being taxed more than everyone else.

@ Maia - Yes, I hear that also. Hey? Don't they tax the hell out of the rich in Great Britain?
We have a public fire department for the safety of your property, a public school system for the safety of your developing mind, a publicly funded police department for your physical safety,

@ Park - Excellent point. I never thought of it that way. I listen to Neal Boortz (Libertarian talk show host) occasionally and he always say "You DO NOT have a right to health care!" I think he says that because it's not in the constitution but I don't think all of that stuff you mentioned is either lol.

I've only been posting on this thread for one day and I'm more confused than ever. That can be a great thing.
The libertarian paradox: they want entrepreneurs to be 100% free, without regulations of any kind (including anti-trust laws.) But if (when?) corporations eventually achieve this, they'll get effective control of the government, or of what's left of it. Either directly or thru lobbies and puppets. Essentially, they'll BE that government. Now, how do you call a government who controls all the economy? :P



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