October 3, 2010
A Christian tea party?
It’s clear that Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party Republican nominee for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat, is a Christian. She used to be an activist for conservative Christian organizations. But what about the rest of the loosely defined Tea Party?
The Forward ponders just how Christian the Tea Party is. An excerpt:
The article goes on to discuss statements made by Tea Party candidates that are of particular concern to Jews. But the statements aren’t Christian; they are political. And in that sense I think this story does what far too many do: It conflates Christian references and images used by Tea Party candidates with the actual beliefs of Christians.
To be sure, I’m bothered too by politicians who casually refer to other politicians as the “Antichrist” or “Hitler” and I believe separation of church and state is crucial my being able to freely practice my religion, which, if you need to be reminded, is Christianity. But nothing in this article really answered the question posed in its headline: “How Christian Are the Tea Party’s Political Candidates?”