April 21st, 2010
12:21 PM ET
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DeMint says Tea Party activists leading spiritual revival

 Sen. Jim DeMint says the Tea Party movement is ushering in a spiritual revival akin to the religious fervor that preceded the American Revolution.
Sen. Jim DeMint says the Tea Party movement is ushering in a spiritual revival akin to the religious fervor that preceded the American Revolution.

(CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - whose profile has risen considerably among conservative activists over the past year - says the Tea Party movement is ushering in a spiritual revival akin to the religious fervor that preceded the American Revolution.

"Tea Party crowds [have] a spiritual component. I think it's very akin to the Great Awakening before the American Revolution," DeMint told David Brody of the Christian Broadcast Network in an interview airing Thursday. "A lot of our founders believed the American Revolution was won before we ever got into a fight with the British. It was a spiritual renewal."

The National Humanities Center describes the Great Awakening as a reaffirmation of the view that "being truly religious meant trusting the heart rather than the head, prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason."

"'I'm 'praying for you' comes up more than anything else in these crowds so I know there's a spiritual component out there," DeMint also said. "I think as this thing (the Tea Party movement) continues to roll you're going to see a parallel spiritual revival that goes along with it."

The first term senator has become a favorite among conservatives and Tea Party activists over the past year after endorsing several dark-horse candidates in key Senate primaries - sometimes against the wishes of the Republican Party.

He first broke with some of his Senate colleagues last year to endorse Marco Rubio for Senate in Florida, long before the former state House speaker emerged as the favorite to win the GOP nomination over Gov. Charlie Crist, and again broke ranks Wednesday by backing Marlin Stutzman in Indiana who is challenging party-favorite and former GOP senator Dan Coats.

DeMint has also backed Ken Buck in Colorado, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and Chuck DeVore in California.

Pressed on how he expects a spiritual revival to play out, DeMint said he predicts Americans, frustrated with government, will instead turn to God.

"People are seeing this massive government growing and they're realizing that it's the government that's hurting us and I think they're turning back to God in effect is our salvation and government is not our salvation and in fact more and more people see government as the problem and so I think some have been drawn in over the years to a dependency relationship with government and as the Bible says you can't have two masters and I think as people pull back from that they look more to God."


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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. MSH, Miami, FL

    When are people like DeMitt going to wake up and realize the United States of America is a democracy, not a theocracy? And since when did the actions of marginalized, right-wing tea party whack jobs become the barometer for what is happening in America? What are the tea partiers going to use to fuel their anger when the economy improves and they finally come to the realization that Obama's health care plan is good for America? Oh, yeah....his race. They'll never NOT be angry about that.

    April 21, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Sgt. USMC

    For some reason republikkklan politicians have an urge to go back a few centuries. Mad about something? Oh well, we like our system and no revolution or civil war is needed. But if you want one, we won the first time around and I can guarantee you we have bigger guns than you do.

    BRING IT ON!

    Take your country BACK! I'm taking my country FORWARD.

    April 21, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. John, Sacramento

    For those who believe that Christianity was woven into the Declaration of Independence, either in word or at least in "spirit", should keep in mind that Thomas Jefferson,while having sound religious beliefs, was not even a "Christian" and he wrote the document. Trying to make "Christianity" the primary/only authorized religion in the US is probably not a good idea...........notwithstanding the absolute right to promote and practice all religions, including (especially) Christianity.

    April 21, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. djb

    the last time i checked there is nothing spiritual about a pathetic group of uninformed, racist hecklers. what planet are you from senator??

    April 21, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Saphyer

    If these people are Christians I think they'd better check their membership

    April 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. gary

    DeMint is dimwit. Maybe the Tea Baggers can start their own religion with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin as thier bishops.

    April 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. marie

    'prizing feeling more than thinking' says it all!

    April 21, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Dr Matrix

    Just another member of the Ameircan Taliban preaching their version of hate and trying to shove their verision of a First Amendment freedom down everyone else's throat. If it weren't for the laws of this country, these people, their leaders and preachers would be calling for a holy war on what they consider non-believers. They are already happy because their god brought us Hurrican Katrina, eathquakes and volcanos. You know what– F- their god. That's not my God.

    April 21, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. mike

    Oh my God..maybe Mr DeMint can walk on water too...lol

    April 21, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Curmudgeon

    After quoting DeMint’s likening of the Tea Parties to another Great Awakening, the Commiecrat News Network suddenly drops this non-sequitur in:

    “The National Humanities Center describes the Great Awakening as a reaffirmation of the view that “being truly religious meant trusting the heart rather than the head, prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason.”

    Yeah, because it’s just such a fine example of human reason for the Obamunists to declare that Bush’s $200-billion shortfall was a terrible deficit, yet their 2 trillion-dollar shortfall is “stimulus.”

    The lamestream media isn’t even trying anymore.

    April 21, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. concerned citizen

    The junior senator from my state is the typical old bastion of a bygone era of racisms and discrimination. he personifies the extremists right wing idealogy and calls anyone that disagrees a sociaslist, perhaps he does not know the mining of that word; He will make a goo Vice presidential candidate of the other right wing extremists Sarah Palin

    April 21, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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