October 5th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
12 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. sonny chapman

    If only Conservative "Christians" would act Christlike.

    October 5, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. John

    The tea baggers are a creepy side of conservative politics that would work just fine in Iranian politics. This is a political movement of arrogant bigotry, and 19th century ideological concepts driven with ignorance. It's an ugly image of American politics that isn't new, all you need to do is look at American political history in the last 100 years. The examples of embarrassing political ideologies are easy to recognize, and they are ugly.

    October 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Ryan

    ...and most tea partiers probably couldn't pass a basic U.S. History exam.

    October 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Eddie

    What does native americans and columbus has too say, lol.

    October 5, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Chris

    The Tea Partiers go on constantly about how much they love the Constitution. But they seem completely unaware that James Madison, the father of both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, wrote extensively about the need for the seperation of church and state.

    October 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. KLK

    They are some of the most hateful people I've ever seen. Yet, they consider themselves Christians and this country a Christian nation. Interesting, indeed. I will send up prayers for their misguided souls.

    October 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    Interesting when one considers how much the Christian philosophy has in common with socialism. The bible’s instruction to sacrifice what you can afford is along the same lines as Marxism. And finally, you cannot have capitalism and adhere to the 10th commandment at the same time. I think their belief that we are a Christian nation is similar to what I frequently see posted on this site – the assumption that most people think just like they do and that makes them right (see any post from poster All of America for an example).

    October 5, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Ben in Texas

    The headline should tell everybody, in case there was any doubt, that the teabaggers are not true Americans. The country was most definitely and absolutely founded on freedom of religion, and it can NEVER be a "Christian" country. The idea that America is somehow a "Christian" country is antithetical to what our Founding Fathers fought and died for, and to the letter and intent of the Constitution.

    Sure, they have a right under our Constitution to spread this lie, but we, the true constitutional patriots, have the duty to counter the lie with the truth: America is a nation with no established religion. Never had one, will never have one. Not one iota of compromise on that point is possible. They can say it, but it is still a lie.

    October 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. BH

    How are they any different from thee Taliban or any other God touting nation?

    October 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. bob, ca

    gee the tea party "thinks"its a christian nation.... they sure are nice people.... unless there's a black man in the white house... then its crazy train time, birthers, racists, westboro wierdos.... get your signs and bibles, hell clutch your guns... thats what Jesus would do.

    October 5, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    And which franchise of Christianity is that? The one that says you cannot have electricity, the one that says you cannot have a blood transfusion, the one that says women cannot wear pants or cut their hair, the one that says no meat on Friday, the one that says God commands men in their 50s to marry multiple teenagers…so many choices. One thing is certain – the Tea Party does not adhere to the one that says treat others as you wish to be treated.

    October 5, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Dan Beach

    Well this is a no brain'r ...they are only against a one world government that isn't theirs...other than that they want a Theocracy....and are especially interested in your bedroom habits

    October 5, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. reesse

    Then lets stop allowing every government worker Christmas day off.

    October 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Realist

    I'd like to see some detailed numbers about how well Tea Partiers understand what being Christian means.

    October 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Shari from Madison

    Let's see, Tea Party=Christian? Not under my definition of Christian. They are about as Christ like as Adolf Hitler was. As for America, I do beileve that it was founded with Christian principles, but I can no longer say we are a Christian Nation. A true Christian nation would not allow any form of torture, would not have homeless people and would have mercy towards others rather than contempt for anyone who isn't exactly like them.

    October 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. MrAmerica

    When we came to the new world, it wasn't to make the United States a Christian World! Don't these tea party people ever study history? It is obvious they do not. The tea party people are just the right wing whackos of the republican party.

    October 5, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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