A new study by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has concluded that “Tea Party supporters tend to have conservative opinions not just about economic matters, but also about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.” In addition, “they are much more likely than registered voters as a whole to say that their religion is the most important factor in determining their opinions on these social issues.”
What the study doesn’t tell us is whether or not the members of the Tea Party, 87% of whom said “government is almost always wasteful,” believe that abortion and gay marriage should be ended by government intervention.
In many ways this study shows the schizophrenic and contradictory character of the Tea Party. Its members do not want the government interfering on their right to own guns, but I am guessing that they have no problem with the government legislating morality when it comes to abortion or gay marriage.
I have very strong feelings on the issues that are being dealt with regarding the Tea Party but suffice to say I agree with the questioning comment at the close.