After the Rally: The Constitution, Taxes ... and God

Monday, August 30, 2010

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The Tea Party movement has billed itself as "grassroots libertarian," and has focused on government over-spending and attention to the Constitution in its rallies to date. Glenn Beck's ostensibly non-political "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend turned to religion, invoking God as a force of change. How will religion play a role in the movement from here on out — and will it be a force of growth or a dividing line?

The Takeaway speaks to John Avlon, Daily Beast Senior Political columnist and author of “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.”


John Avlon

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Anne C. Jones from Minneapolis, MN

We should be very concerned about the religious fundamentalism and thought control methods that lie just under the surface or come out in the rhetoric of conservative talk radio personalities, notably Glenn Beck, famous Tea Partiers such as Sarah Palin, and right wing extremists, such as Jim DeMint. I recommend The Family by Jeff Sharlatt. Isn't it odd that many of those who so assiduously cite their devotion to the Constitution would undermine the First Amendment providing for separation of church and state? Always in the name of patriotism, of course. Candidate for U.S. Senate Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, a self-proclaimed expert on the Constitution, was revealed in a debate to be literally unaware of any provision related to religion in the Constitution. Republican John Boehner of Indiana (?), soon to be Speaker of the House, speaking out against health insurance reform--which over 60% of the population agreed needed to be done until the overheated rhetoric of last summer--stood on the Capitol steps and orated on his devotion to the Constitution by quoting the Declaration of Independence. Does he not know the difference? How about those listening? The reason this didn't get much press is that it was just prior to the Gulf oil spill which then dominated the news.
The angry right seems to dominate the conversation and I welcome an alternative. Let's hope that there is enough of a constituency out there for actual thoughtful consideration of issues. Anne

Dec. 13 2010 11:12 PM

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