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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So the question is WHY is there such a discrepancy between how certain media describes the Tea Party, how they see themselves, and how the rest of the world sees them?
My best analagy is....They are like Babies.

-Media view: Isn't my baby interesting and beautiful? Let's take a lot of pics and write lots of stories about them. (The TP is partially a media creation, are they not?)

-Rest of the worlds view: umm, yea, sure your baby is just beautiful! (gag/baarf, turn away)

-Tea Party view: Too uneducated, lacking in social diversity and busy sucking mama's teet and pooping to know just how ugly they really are (note that I didn't say stupid)

How did I do?
@ LarryL. Noted. Let me do it - I'm certain that most of them are stupid. Notice that I didn't use the unPC term idiots.
Not to disagree with Larry or Phil, but it's pretty clear that Fox News tells the Teabaggers what they want to hear about themselves 24/7, whereas the reality-based media, when they're doing their job, describe the Teabaggers in more credible terms. And people outside the US are generally capable of seeing that Fox News is nothing but a Murdoch crapaganda organ. I'm not surprised at all that there are conflicting yet widely-held views on the Tea Party.
I have two tea partiers in my family (brother and brother in-law) and neither watch Fox News. They do, however, listen to right wing radio programming and have for years.

It's the same thing really. Different messengers, same message.
The Tea Party at least has an appropriate name. Like the tea party in Alice in Wonderland, everyone at the table is stark raving mad.
All I know of the tea party is what I've seen and read on the popular news. I'll admit to not having studied them in great detail.

But from what I have seen they do terrify me. Even Rupert Murdoch and Karl Rove oppose them. Michael Bloomberg calls them a temporary fad comparing them to the Ross Perot supporters in the nineties. He has been very vocal in supporting the opposing democratic candidates (Andrew Cuomo and Harry Reid) and also speaking against their platforms (Immigration Reform and a repeal of the 14th Amendment). Not bad for a moderate republican, even if goes by the title of independent.

The word irrational doesn't seem to fit, we need something more extreme. Take health care for example: They feel that insurance companies should be prohibited in denying health care in cases with pre existing conditions and want to increase the drug benefits for medicare patients. Both of which they opposed while the bill was being debated. It is a major point of theirs to repeal the health care bill even though it contains provisions which they are arguing for.

Take a look at some of their main players,

Glenn Beck, called Obama a racist with a deep seeded hatred for white people or white culture.

Sharron Angle, "If we don't win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?"

Christine O'Donnell, "Please remind me what the fourteenth amendment is" (even though it was in the news almost every single day).

Sarah Palin, Too many to list, you could actually write a book of her political mishaps.

The tea party has made this liberal agree with the likes of Karl Rove, in thinking they're nuts, Rupert Murdoch, they are not good for America, and also with Bloomberg in waiting for them to disappear.
Climate change and the Tea Party:
Stupid is the common denominator.
This is great perspective, Fred, thank you. Haidt has a video presentation of his theory on the TED website.

My only question for you is, does Sweden have any room for American immigrants? I'm thinking you may get 17% of our population (the atheists) trying to join you if the Tea Party takes over our political process. I would consider moving there myself if only my wife could put up with the cold and darkness, which she can't. It looks like I'm stuck living with the nutjobs.
Will it be that bad if they win? I don't really know, but I suppose we'll find out shortly (assuming some win, which is likely).

There always has and always will be ignorant people among our elected officials. It's just that these particular ignorant people are very good at hijacking and aborting the political process (through filibusters and other political hi-jinks). They also have an emotional "Mob" of more ignorant, and very loud, people supporting them, so they get a disproportionate voice in the media and public discourse. Hell, they even have their own media network (Fox and right wing radio)/

It is very discouraging to me to see as a citizen to see my countrymen celebrate ignorance while dismissing intellect and competence. Where will this lead?

It is somewhat comforting to know that the US isn't alone in the move to the right, although I bet we are several magnitudes of order to the right of where Sweden or the other Nordic countries are starting from.

I'm glad we are providing some amusement value to the Swedes. A disaster in the making always makes an interesting show.
Hopefully the "Rally to Restore Sanity" will have a really good turn out and media coverage. That will begin to restore my hope for this country.
My parents and brother are going. I am so proud of them.


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