The reality that religious fundamentalism is at the very root of the Tea Party movement is finally sinking in with the mainstream media. Jeff Sharlet, author of “C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy” wrote on CNN.com today that Tea Party is becoming a religious movement:
“Glenn Beck, who invokes the semi-mythical “Black Robe Brigade” — fighting preachers he claims led the American Revolution — as a model for a new generation of activists seems to think so.
On public radio, Bryan Fischer, a leader of the fundamentalist American Family Association, sternly instructed a libertarian Tea Party activist that her movement was religiously rooted whether she wanted it to be or not. A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute backs him up, revealing that 57 percent of self-identified Tea Partiers agree that “America is and always has been a Christian nation.”
So is the Tea Party a religious movement, too?