You call this 'getting government off our backs'?

Not to belabor the point, but there's another survey out about the Tea Party Movement today, and I can't say that I find this particularly shocking....

Nearly half of those who identify with the Tea Party believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and a similar proportion thinks that public officials do not pay enough attention to religion, the survey found. They are more likely than the population as a whole to view America as a Christian nation.

Tea Party members are less likely than the general public to support same-sex marriage, abortion rights or a compromise on immigration reform that would allow people who are in the United States illegally to become citizens.


Michael Lindsay, a leading expert on the religious right, said the Tea Party has broadened in recent months to address religious concerns, which could help unify Republicans before the November 2 congressional elections.

This is not broadening their focus. It's who they are. As I've been telling you, the Tea Party is cultural, and for all its alleged libertarianism it doesn't believe in the separation of church and state.