Once again there is evidence to show the Tea Party movement incorporates a religious element. This time the venue was not a rally or protest but a religious news channel. David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network News interviewed Senator Jim DeMint, one of the Tea Party favorites. When asked if he was concerned socially conservative issues were, “taking a somewhat of a back seat right now at least to the fiscal issues that there are some inherent problems for social conservatives in something like that?” DeMint was adamant that the Tea Party incorporates a religious element:
No actually just the opposite, because I really think a lot of the motivation behind these Tea Party crowds is a spiritual component. I think it’s very akin to the Great Awakening before the American Revolution. 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. I’m ‘praying for you” comes up more than anything else in these crowds, so I know there’s a spiritual component out there. 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.
As Brody and DeMint continued the interview, it was clear that DeMint was referring to his own Evangelical Christian spirituality. Brody asked DeMint, “Just so I understand, when you say spiritual revival how are you terming that? What do you mean specifically as in “spiritual revival?” DeMint’s reply not only alluded to the Tea Party’s concerns about socialism and their nationalist rhetoric, he was overt about his belief in a Biblically based Christian ideology:
Well, I think 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. It’s no coincidence that socialist Europe is post-Christian because the bigger the government gets the smaller God gets and vice-versa. The bigger God gets the smaller people want their government because they’re yearning for freedom.(1)
1. Christian Broadcasting Network News. The David Brody File. 04/21/2010. http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2010/04/21/senator-demint-to-brody-file-tea-party-movement-will-bring.aspx