Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tea Party and Religious Fervor - Michelle Bachmann #2

The way to understand the Tea Party movement, according to author Freedman, is to understand the role of religion in the thinking of its adherents.  The Constitution, for example, is not seen as a "political phenomenon" but is understood "through the prism of religion."

" 'There's a strong stand of divine-guidance thinking, thinking about American exceptionalism,' says Mary Beth Norton, a professor of early American history at Cornell University.  'People have certainly seen the texts of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as the equivalent of a secular religion, with the idea that you can't challenge these texts.' "

Bachmann appeals to a group of voters who feel that the modern world has forsaken the principles of American constitutionalism.  She finds support among people who fear the modern world and see religious faith undermined by secularism.  She finds support among the anti-abortion people who would have Roe v. Wade overturned because it is a violation of Natural Law.

Bachmann's political views are her own and people may accept or reject them.  What is remarkable for this Lutheran is how people of her persuasion would make her political views binding upon the consciences of those Lutherans (like myself) who don't agree with her.

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