September 20th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Religous Right embracing Tea Party

Editor's Note: CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta and I spent some time this weekend at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.  There were plenty of Tea Party rock stars who spoke at the event including Christine O'Donnell, who may have some explaining to do to social conservatives after comments about her dabbling in witchcraft surfaced over the weekend.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Politics • Satanism • United States

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  1. Kate

    It's real simple

    No to Islamic Sha'ria

    Not to Christian Sha'ria

    Neither of them is "American".

    Remember, a vote for Democrats might not be such a great idea this November, but a vote for Republicans is a vote for Taliban-lite.

    Just sayin'

    September 22, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  2. Iqbal Khan


    September 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan

    Now get ready for the prayer

    September 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  4. The Jackdaw

    "Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders." – Frank Herbert

    September 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  5. The Jackdaw

    When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.
    Paul Muad'Dib – Dune Messiah

    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      It is amazing how Dune remains a relevant allegory for man's relationship with nature, the dangers of societal reliance on a single commodity, and how religion and myth are used as tools of statecraft. The Fremen seem very Muslim, don't they?

      September 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • Kate

      @Doc Vestibule

      Coffee is the water of life. The caffeine must flow!

      Just jonesin'

      September 22, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  6. JohnQuest

    David Johnson, that's funny (accurate) but funny. The thing that perplexes me even to this very moment, believers actually think that they are right. No evidence for but 250,000 years of evidence against doesn't dissuade them. The fact that most of their doctors, teachers, lawyer, engineers, scientist, professors, (even politicians, although the will lose their job if they admit it), are non believers. I wouldn't trust a lawyer that believed in a God (Jesus, Baal, doesn't matter) any more than I would trust him if he believed in the Tooth Fairy, why would I or anyone else.

    I think the Religious Right are adoption the Tea Party because their own Children are not buying it any more, the world is over 6,000 years old, I guess the kids are starting to think for themselves. The Christian Right are afraid of the inevitable, we are learning to do without religion, if I were them I would be afraid too, example a few years ago, holding this conversation on the public square was unheard of (for regular Jos Sixpack).

    September 21, 2010 at 10:59 am |
    • Mike

      "The fact that most of their doctors, teachers, lawyer, engineers, scientist, professors, (even politicians, although the will lose their job if they admit it), are non believers." where do you come up with the your "facts"?

      There is evidence of the flood including the earth's settlement and the CIA photos. All the other stuff very believable including the talking a$$ Dave forgot to mention.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Amen brother! Cheers to you and yours!

      September 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  7. Ed

    Sorry Gumby, their works disown their faith. There are only two ways – right and wrong – You disobey you wrong and will bare the consequences. Too many people use God's love as an excuse for wrong actions. There will come a time when He and his Son will tolerate disobedience no more. That is what the bible teaches

    September 21, 2010 at 9:04 am |
    • David Johnson

      Yeah, Ed. But then the bible also says:
      there was a talking snake, trees that bore knowledge and eternal life giving trees, people who lived hundreds of years, a man who was swallowed by a fish and was expelled 3 days later unharmed, a tower god was afraid would reach all the way to heaven, a global flood that required a pair of every animal be stuffed on a boat, unicorns, satyrs, a leviathan that god defeats in battle, a zombie messiah and whatever other myth I missed.

      The bible isn't a very reliable source of information Ed. Better that you put your faith in Harry Potter.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:11 am |
    • JohnQuest

      Ed, when God and his Son "tolerate disobedience no more" what exactly are those two going to do? I don't believe they can do anything. People that say the things like you said don't believe those two can do anything either, that's why they have to take things in their own hands (God told me in his word to do this or that). If God and his Son was that upset couldn't they put a stop to it themselves? If God or Jesus or Baal were real could they not exact the appropriate punishment for anyone breaking their rules, why do they need you, me, or any other real human to do it for them?

      September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  8. Gumby

    In other news, it has just been discovered by scientists that water is wet.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:04 am |
    • David Johnson


      Not only wet, but that god had nothing to do with its creation.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  9. Ferdinand of Aragon

    Christine O'Donnel would have been decapitated in the Islamic countries for making such confessions but in a "Christian America' she goes free with her head high.

    Muhamad was pedophile. Cheers!

    September 21, 2010 at 5:57 am |
    • Kate


      Oh no, she doesn't – in western society, she just gets totally and utterly humiliated for the complete total and utter claptrap she's spouted off over the years. I know, I added my own choice comments about Barbie O'Donnell on my own blog.

      Just notin'

      September 22, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  10. Ed

    Thanks Bob, that is why religion is culpable and SHE will pay for her misconduct soon. TRUE christians obey Jesus and his father and put faith in is kingdom

    September 21, 2010 at 2:49 am |
    • Gumby

      Ed, anyone who believes in Jesus Christ is a "True" Christian. It's the very definition of the religion. The fact that some Christians act in ways you don't approve of does not mean they are not "True" Christians. Besides, isn't it your god's job to separate the wheat from the chaff, and not yours? You fundies and your "No True Scotsman" fallacies crack me up.

      September 21, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  11. Bob

    Not ALL of the religious right are joining the Tea Party movement. I hate how people, claiming to be Christians, feel that it's their job to be the political police. I don't ever remember Jesus supporting any political figure of his time. In fact, he said, "If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight."

    September 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  12. Reality

    Is there money to be made being a social conservative?

    Indeed there is as Mr. Perkins of the Family Research Council pulls down a healthy $224,736/yr for spouting speechs at topic-type gatherings about Christian values. Six others at the FRC make in the neighborhood of $110,000/yr for analogous work. Interesting that the FRC spends almost 30% of their income from donations to pay for fund raising.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  13. Kevin C

    To all of you wonderful posters:

    Please keep strong in the fight for tolerance, compassion, and dignity. Our country really needs you now more than ever.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Vote for the Dems in November.

      September 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  14. Reality

    It is helpful to define the topic i.e. social conservatism – Google it for added definitions (country dependent)

    Social conservatism is distinct from cu-ltural conservatism, although there are some overlaps. Social conservatives believe that the government has a role in encouraging or enforcing what they consider traditional values or behaviors. A social conservative wants to preserve traditional morality and social mores, often through civil law or regulation. Social change is generally regarded as suspect.

    A second meaning of the term social conservatism developed in the Nordic countries and continental Europe. There it refers to liberal conservatives supporting modern European welfare states.

    Social conservatives (in the first meaning of the word) in many countries generally favor the pro-life position in the abo-rtion controversy and oppose public funding of em-bryonic stem cell research; oppose both eu-genics (inhe-ritable gen-etic mo-dification) and human enhancement (tran-shumanism) while supporting bioconservatism[44]; support a traditional definition of marriage as being one man and one woman; view the nuclear family model as society's foundational unit; oppose expansion of civil marriage and child adoption rights to couples in same-s-ex relationships; promote public morality and traditional family values; oppose secularism and privatization of religious belief; support the prohibition of drugs, prosti-tution, premarital s-ex, non-marital s-ex and euthanasia; and support the censorship of por–nography and what they consider to be ob-scenity or ind-ecency.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  15. Peter F


    September 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • NL

      That's tea and coffee, with NUTBARS! No granola, though.

      September 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  16. Bob

    So nutbars are going to throw in with nutbars? What a shock.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  17. NL

    Christine O'Donnell may be a witch, eh? Well, if that isn't an open invitation to a traditional Christian 'barbecue' then I don't know what is. Come on, religious right, you know what to do!

    September 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • NL

      Oops, I just had it pointed out to me that she's just suspected of being a witch, in which case the procedure would be to attempt to drown her first and, if she survives, then burn her at the stake. That's how Christians traditionally handle people like her, right?

      September 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
    • Frogist

      @NL: Just read about that today! I bet she's read all those nasty Harry Potter books too...

      September 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
    • NL

      Unfortunate for her if her middle name just happened to be Hermione.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
    • David Johnson

      The "witch" word may be a typo. I sometimes strike the "w" key when I meant to strike the "b".

      September 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • NL

      Oh, I'm pretty sure that the video says 'witch.'

      American Wiccans must be terribly concerned that she hasn't joined a coven yet.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  18. HotAirAce

    This will be the beginning of the end of the Tea Party (if they climb into bed with the Religious Right) or the beginning of the end of the USA (if they do join forces and get elected).

    Hopefully the Tea Baggers will say "Thanks, but no thanks" (which could PO the RR and cause the TB's popularity to drop?) or the masses will realize how close the USA is to becoming a theocracy and start an "Anyone But Christ" movement.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • Frogist

      @HotAirAce: Sorry buddy but they've already formed their unholy alliance so to speak. That was what Glenn Beck and his Beckapolooza (Beckapa-loser? Beckuhpalaver?) was all about.

      September 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You are exactly right. God help us if these Christian Right puppets get into office. It will eventually lead to a theocracy, with the mythical Jesus as head of state. Only the Religious Right will be able to hear Him. They will tell us god's will.

      Kiss gay marriage and rights goodbye. Women will be forced to find abortions in back alleys. Programs for the poor will be done away with. Even Social Security and Medicare may be killed, in order to make people more dependent on god.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  19. Selfish Gene

    Well knock me over with a feather.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  20. David Johnson

    And this comes as a shock to whom?

    September 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |
    • Frogist

      @David: LOL! That's what I was thinking! I guess the Republicans weren't religious enough so they jumped ship.
      BTW Any chance you'll be going to the Rally to Restore Sanity in DC?

      September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
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