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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I know! I loved that part, too! It's going to be SO interesting to follow this group of people and see where they go, what happens to their policies, and whether or not they simply fade away. Thought this article expressed my feelings pretty well.
I still feel this will wind up being a "tempest in a teapot" so to speak.
It's outlived it's usefulness. What began as a serious question about the role of gov't in the financial markets was quickly suborned in to a propaganda tool by the GOP, a.k.a- Karl Rove & co.
The tea baggers that don't get the message will get kicked around by the establishment for a while and then be forgotten. They already gave Bachmann a slap and it seems they're getting ready to give Palin one.(With her, all they have to do is turn off the money spigot) They've already consumed Rand Paul, and the most severe loonies lost. The ones that did get in will learn to tow the party line soon enough.
It never became more than a sideshow.
Which worked to an extent. The could have won the Senate if they would have routed out the crazies from the outset. I think they even tried, but didn't want to risk coming off as too cannibalistic.
What I fear is what they might dream up next.
In a weird wonkish way, this election was good for the left in terms of the long game. Most of the dems that lost were of the "blue dog" variety. They formed a bloc that was very difficult for the establishment democrats to work with. Which, if they play it right, could strengthen their hand for the big election in two years.

I try not to think of the Tea Party. I do not agree with them, but I am not surprised that they gained the momentum they once had. 

I don't actually know anyone who considered themselves part of this group. I know I do not approve of using one's religious beliefs(or lack of them), as the sole basis for political and social beliefs. I try to find valid reasons for the things I believe in. I try to stand behind what is best for myself and others, and for the society and planet in general. As I know everyone is not an atheist, or of one particular faith or another, I do not think it is right to use those things as a reason for doing, or not doing, some particular thing. 

Just my opinion. 

Ideas of the Tea Party scare the bejesus out of me. First off, religion should never be mixed with government. I'm skeptical of any person today or in the past who has had a "wake up" conversion to some sort of nonsense like this. The Tea Party in American politics is like a Christian version of Shiria Law.

In my area some of their supporters believe that "Jesus would not like giveaways or bailouts." Apparently they have been convinced that Jesus would not help the poor. Maybe they have a different Buybull.




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