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.