October 5th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Most Tea Partiers call America a Christian nation, study finds

(CNN) - Members of the Tea Party movement tend to be Christian conservatives, not libertarians, and are more likely than even white evangelical Christians to say the United States is a Christian nation, a detailed new study has found.

More than half of self-identified Tea Party members say America is a Christian nation, while just over four out of 10 white evangelicals believe that – the same as the proportion of the general population that says so.

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  1. shoegazer

    What ever happened to the separation of church and state?

    October 5, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    The only thing "christian" about the United States is that we have the words "In God We Trust" on our money.

    October 5, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. razer

    It is amazing that a Jew was able to call himself son of god and fool the whole world. Very funny!

    October 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. 28 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Most Tea Partiers call America a Christian nation, study finds

    This is news? Is this supposed to be something BAD? It IS the history of our country. I'm very surprised the percentage is so low actually. The result of years and years of attack from the left to destroy and remove religion in this country.

    I guess CNN wouldn't have a problem if more than half the people said the US was (or should be) a muslim country.

    October 5, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    And I call the Christian conservatives corrupt.

    October 5, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    While there are currently a majority of people in the country are some demonination of Christian, it doesn't mean that the county is a Christian country. We have many different religious groups like Jews, Muslims, Hindus and those that don't believe. We are a country that had founders that believed in a "creator" but weren't willing to enforce that on everyone.

    Just a note to all, there is no such thing as Judeo-Christian values because Jews and Christians have different religious beliefs. Jews and Christians may have similar values, but they are not the same.

    October 5, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. gt

    no news here...most americans say that... unless you a godless person like bill mahar who hates christians and muslims and jews

    October 5, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    A christian nation whose leaders all happen to be Masons. How ironic is that?

    October 5, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Jennifer

    Aren't they all white evangelicals?

    October 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. ST

    A Christian nation?????? And where do they trash the other religions?? In the dust bin!!! No wonder they do not feel ashamed to call some people "real Americans"! and others are not!

    October 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Me

    Duh! Thank you for stating the obvious CNN.
    The Tea Party is the brain child of Fox news and the Republican party.
    Their beliefs are republican beliefs...
    They are two sides of the same coin.
    They are nothing but a minority with a mega phone called Fox 'News' Channel

    October 5, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. charlie from the North

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    I thought this was settled law from the case of Quayle V Murphy Brown.

    Anyway we were a Christian nation until the hate mongering homophobic knuckle draggers came along. As Alex de Toqueville said " America is great because Ameica is good and if she ceases to be good she shall cease to be great" We are putting our nation at risk by standing by why the Tea Party yakes over.......get out and vote America show them they are not the "majority " they claim.

    October 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Lib Hunter

    When over 90% of the popukation of a particular nation calls themselves Christians than I guess common sense tells you that it is a christian nation. I realizee the Radical anti American Imam Obama following Libs hate this fact, but it's the truth. If Imam Obama had his way we would be a Muslim Nation, but luckily his party is about to get crushed in a month from now and he is definitely "one and done" so we really don't have to worry about it. So Libs, how is the weather in The Land of Oz these days? Pet Unicorns doing well?

    October 5, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. toughlove

    We were founded as a Christian nation that tolerated other faiths...anyone who is literate and not a God-hating idealogue can see that. But we have moves away from Christian principles over the past 50 years And are suffering the consequences.

    October 5, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    The TP wants America to be a CHRISTIAN NATION!!! That's why they are running around yelling they want their country BACK!! A country that was originally stolen from the Indians and BUILD by SLAVES and now consist of almost EVERY religion in the WORLD!!!

    America is no longer about Christianity ONLY – PERIOD!! Get over it!!! Get used to it!!! Get around it!! Or Get LOST and move!!! Furthermore, if you are so CHRISTIAN and feel we should all be Christians – then pray for us!!!!!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message – but if the Tea Party has their way, they will NOT (Nor my impersonator, which is the reason why I am being forced to include this message)!!!

    October 5, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Chet Dettlinger

    Just more proof of just how ignorant most t-ps are about their own country, it's consitution and its history.

    October 5, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. argle

    They believe that there is no such separation, and they won't accept any argument otherwise- texas has already moved to take thomas jefferson out of history class in order to help push this fallicious argument.

    October 5, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    This is apparently just an attempt at defining the Tea Partiers as something other than what they are: a grassroots group of citizens voicing the opinion that a smaller more efficient federal government is better for America. Other than being consistent with the Republican Party economic platform, this is, as it turns out all you really need to understand about the movement.

    October 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Snow

    We are a Christian nation and for sure not a durned muslim nation.

    October 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. zaitrancer

    A significant segment of people who attach themselves to the conservative and/or Republican movement are the first to call people who don't support them un-American or not patriotic. Unfortunately, what these people fail to realize is that some of their beliefs about how government should run are in contradiction to the tradition of liberal Western democracy founded in the ideals of the Enlightenment. For example, I come from a religious tradition that is evangelical in nature and while they are generally kind and compassionate people they have a firm conviction that God's order is for America to be run by a system of Bible based laws. These types of belief systems cannot be reconciled to the underpinnings of a liberal democracy unless democracy is considered to be bounded by the limits of some interpretation or definition of Christian faith which is a death knell for the whole concept of what concepts such as reason, individual liberty and even religious freedom itself.

    October 5, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. We may Be a Christian Nation, but the question remains . . .

    which branch of Christianity?

    October 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. stufthis

    Every event scheduled by the Tea Baggers or Glenn Beck should be listed as a domestic terror attack on the United States.

    October 5, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. What will America Be Under the Rule of the Tea Party?

    Just ask that family in Tennessee who's house burned down because of "privitized" fire fighters watching the house burn to the ground.

    And add: privitizing Social Security, Medicare, No minimum wage, no envirionmental regulations, no regulation of our food, medicine or products, child labor –


    October 5, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. KM

    I consider myself a Christian but I don't try to force my beliefs on everyone else in this country.

    October 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Marc

    So, the Tea Party is made up of bigots and idiots who haven't any inkling of American hoistory nor understanding of the Constitution? Wow – next you'll tell me that the spelling and grammar they use on thier signs wouldn't get a child through the fifth grade....

    October 5, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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