Last week, America Online bought the Huffington Post for $315 million, and gave Arianna Huffington control over AOL’s news and editorial content. I never read the news on AOL, which is my internet provider, but now I have more reason not to.
As you can probably tell, I don’t like the Huffington Post for obvious reasons—one of which is I have more than one brain cell! Huffington Post articles are dumb. Huffington post readers are dumber. Dumber still are comments left by Huffington Post readers—comments which amount to little more than blind praise and recycled liberal talking points.
Take the following “brilliant” observation left on the article How Christian Is Tea Party Libertarianism? (The article argues that the Tea Party isn’t Christian because, well, you know, Jesus commanded his followers to pay their taxes. And let’s not forget how He cared for the poor and needy; therefore, Christians need to care for the poor and needy by supporting inefficient government programs and bureaucratic healthcare systems!)
By far, the prime underlying force beneath the Tea Party movement is anger. Typically, it is anger over the individual Tea Party member's life not going the way he wants it, and anger over the national political and social landscape not being what they hoped it to be.
The election of an African American president, the every increasing acceptance of gays in society and the fact that not everyone is as upset as they are with the growing hispanic population (legal or otherwise) has forced them to come to grips with the fact that this is no longer a nation dominated by straight white christian males.
In order to answer the question as to how "christian" is some aspect of the Tea Party, one need only examine the extent to which the emotions which are the underpinnings of the Tea Party are "christian".
If things like hate, jealousy, fear, selfishness and desire to dominate and control are christian values, then the Tea Party is christian. If those aren't christian values, then neither is the Tea Party.
Oh boy! Where do I begin?
1) Of course anger is an underlying force in the Tea Party! Every protest is motivated by anger. Tea Party protestors are angry that the government is flushing their taxpayer money down the toilet, just as the anti-war protestors were angry that the government started two wars that accomplished jack squat. (Speaking of which, ever since Obama took office, attendance at anti-war protests has declined, even though Obama has done little to end the two wars. Just saying!)
2) Of course Tea Party members are angry that things aren’t going their way! Again, every protest is started because people feel things aren’t going their way. That’s why they’re protesting in the first place! Seriously, when was the last time you saw a non-angry protest where protestors cheered praises and waved signs showing their gratitude towards the government?
3) Will liberals please stop claiming that the Tea Party only hates Obama because he’s black? This talking point has been debunked so many times it’s not funny.
4) Will liberals also stop claiming that conservatives are white Christian heterosexual property-owning men who fear change and distrust anyone who isn't one of them? Once again, this talking point has been debunked so many times it’s not funny.
5) Obviously, none of the things he mentions are Christian values, as the Bible condemns hate (Leviticus 19:17-18, Ephesians 4:31-32), jealousy (Exodus 20:17, James 3:14-16), fear (Matthew 10:28-31), selfishness (Romans 15:1-2, Philippians 2:3), and desire to dominate and control (John 13:14-16, Proverbs 16:18-19). Granted, Christians do tend to do those things, but if they do, it’s always in defiance, rather than compliance, their religion.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go bang my head against a brick wall.