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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  1. Independant Thinker

    ...."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...."

    Just what is this man advocating?

    These people are getting dangerously close to the language of Revolution with surprising ease. It will be just as easy to sentence them to prison for sedition.

    April 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    The Tea Partiers & DeMint pray to a God; the Taliban pray to a God. There is only one Creator. Maybe they're all misinterpreting the answers to their prayers.

    April 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Brad

    As a Christian, I am personally offended by this. The Tea Party has nothing to do with spirituality. It is a bunch of nut jobs who don't have enough sense to know any better!

    April 21, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    I have examined all the known superstitions of the Word, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the world ...

    The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind ... to filch wealth and power to themselves. [They], in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.
    Thomas Jefferson

    April 21, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    Whoa there! Time to put the brakes on for the TeaParty!!!
    Separation of church and state is what this country was founded on!
    The last thing this country needs is a bunch of Bible thumpers trying to run the country!
    (Is Sarah Palin the new Tammy Faye Baker????)

    April 21, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. gary

    earl- Sarah Palin makes obozo look like a mental midget. Hate and lies, earl? Where's the hate? Because the teabaggers want an efficient and effective government that follow the constituion? Where are the lies? Because the loony left koolaid drinkers can"t stand the truth. Rasmussen has obozo's job performance at 44%. He's going to take so many dimocrats down in November that it will make 1994 look like a marginal loss for you libtards.

    April 21, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. beth

    I'm confused....what's so spiritual about spewing hate?

    April 21, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Quintue

    Abolishing all religion would solve most of civilization's problems.

    April 21, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. mms55

    people like him are the reason i gave up on religion! the tea party in no way represents christian values. they spread hate and fear thats not spiritual! get a grip demint!!!

    April 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.
    Thomas Paine

    April 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Thomas

    There is definitely something wrong with are education system , when a guy like this can be a senator !

    God grant us Vision !

    April 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. bgaleles

    Our founding fathers were very, very smart. Based on their knowledge of religion through the years, they decided, and rightly so, that there should be a separation of church and state. Let;s leave it that way, it has worked well for 200 plus years.

    April 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Brendan

    After primary season, I expect most Republican candidates will have to flee the "Tea Party" brand in order to win in the general election. By 2012, the brand will be a joke.

    April 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.
    George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792

    April 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. rita

    God help us all from any "spiritual awakening". Someone will fall victim to this mindlessness and I am guessing it will be the usual suspect – gay people. They are such an easy target.

    April 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Chris~Albany, NY

    "prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason" Wow...these people are nuckin futs! They say that the tea baggers are suposidly higher in IQ and education than most...there's no way that's possible.

    April 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Neaderthal Republicans

    The absence of religious fanaticism was the one difference between the traditional Republican Party and the Tea Partiers .... now that is gone.

    They are one and the same.

    April 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. this is hard to take

    I'm sure DeMint would also stick his head up Osama bin Ladens butt if he knew it would get him elected. God man, how brown is your nose.

    April 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    DeMint says Tea Party activists leading spiritual revival
    --------------------------------

    ....And that's why we say you are DEMENTED DeMint.

    April 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Dan

    It's funny listening to all you "experts" who have never been to a Tea Party event or have even the slightest clue what it's all about. Like any large group, they represent a spectrum of our society. There are haters and bigots to be sure, much like you'd find at a Democrat or a Republican party rally. But there is most definitely a much larger core to the movement which does have a religious foundation. To classify the Tea Party movement as haters and bigots is just plain dumb.

    April 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Angie in PA

    The Tea parties are a bunch of racist Nut bags who cant stand the fact we have a democrat controled congress and a Democrat President,who is half black Its not about them wanting small Goverment its about them wanting THEIR GOVERMENT Republicans and their republican President where were they with Bush? Spending trillons in Iraq spying on people they were NO WHERE WHY BECAUSE THAT IS THE KIND OF GOVERMENT THEY WANT

    Well I say to bad teasters we put up with your god awful President for 8 years not to Mention your god awful Republican congress lying about WMDS Giving bank bailouts spying Illegally on citizens so i say stfu and deal WITH THE MAJORITY!!

    April 21, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Larry

    Jim DeMint. What a moron.

    April 21, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. John

    "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."

    So they preffer a outlook that turns it's back on trusting the head, promotes not thinking, and denounces human reason.

    Sounds like the tea baggers to me!

    The religious nuts are what helped splinter the republican party, let them have a stanglehold on the tea baggers and they are toast.

    April 21, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. john in binghamton NY

    Isn't this the same guy caught using the DC hooker and liked to wear a diaper while doing so? Why is he still in office along with Larry Bathroom Craig and the rest?

    April 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. vet in tx

    I wonder how many tea party activists children were chanting "assassinate Obama" in their elementary class the day after the election..........probably the same who think the tea party is religious.....there is a sucker born every minute!

    April 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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