Creationism and the Tea Party Movement?

WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Misinformed activists, which appears in the Ventura County Star, located in Camarillo, California. We don’t know the area, but from what we see in their newspaper, the place is deep in La-La Land.

Today’s letter is the sixth one down in a whole collection of them titled Your letters: tea parties. They’re all of equal quality, so it must be a never-ending thrill to live in that place, read the local paper, and interact with people like those who wrote these letters.

Anyway, we’ll copy today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city. We’ll also add some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:

I don’t care which political party people choose to vote for; it’s a free country. But some of the tea party members demonstrating in front of the Ventura County Government Center on Friday were so misinformed it borders on ludicrous.

Your Curmudgeon pays almost no attention to the tea party movement, which is why we’ve never written about them before. But from watching some news on TV, the movement seems to be mostly about protesting big government, high taxes, and socialism. Also, we thought last week’s demonstrations were connected to the 15 April tax filing date. Maybe it was different in Ventura County. Let’s read on:

At least know what you’re talking about if you’re going to protest something.

That’s good advice, but almost any rally for any political movement will attract some weirdos wearing propeller-beanies and flowing garments festooned with buttons proclaiming oddball slogans. Such people often carry hand-made posters warning about their pet delusions, like crop circles, and they distribute pamphlets about their lunatic beliefs. Those people are everywhere, except at heavy-duty fund-raising events. We continue:

And if you are going to protest taxes and government, you should be prepared to give up your Medicare and Social Security, for starters.

Huh? If one protests New Program X, he must be willing to give up Old Programs A, B, and C? Is that the argument here? That could be a respectable position, but only if the objection to New Program X is that it’s not authorized by the Constitution, and neither are A, B, and C; but we doubt that today’s letter-writer is making such a nuanced argument.

Anyway, that’s not what attracted us to today’s letter, so let’s stay with it a bit longer. Here’s more:

I along with 95 percent of working people paid less in taxes this year, and I am grateful for it.

We won’t touch that one. Okay, now here comes the strangest part of this letter:

But it is clear that President Barack Obama couldn’t gain the tea party’s support even if he made all abortions illegal, gave free guns to every citizen and made it mandatory to teach creationism in public schools. I give up.

[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]

Abortions, guns, and creationism — is that what the tea party movement is all about? We like guns, but it grieves us to acknowledge that the GOP itself seems obsessed with topics like abortion and creationism. However, we haven’t seen much of that at the tea party rallies.

In fact, it seems to us that the tea party people are considerably more focused on the Constitution and therefore far less goofy than most Republicans these days. That’s why it came as a surprise to read in today’s letter that the tea party movement is all about creationism. We haven’t seen any tea party creationism — although there has probably been some, especially when they have certain Republican speakers.

We’ve already got one creationist political party, and we don’t need another.

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12 responses to “Creationism and the Tea Party Movement?

  1. comradebillyboy

    I see the teabaggers all whining about the constitution but I don’t see too many who know anything about the document or its history. These are followers of Glenn Beck, Sara Palin, Sean Hannity and Michelle Bachmann, some of America’s major league know nothings.

  2. Lots of the TeaBaggies are fundamentalists with a literal interpretation of the Babble. Therefore, I would guess most are creationists and believe the Earth is 6000 yrs old.

  3. I wouldn’t lump every teabagger into the creationist label. The movement itself is composed of many different groups, and some of them are well-educated. Making generalizations rarely accomplishes much besides underestimating them. Oh and Curdge I think the author is pointing out the large amounts of Teapartiers that who are reliant on “socialist” systems like medicare and social security but going out to protest other people getting them. Which seems pretty hypocritical to a lot of people.

  4. Albanaeon says:

    Oh and Curdge I think the author is pointing out the large amounts of Teapartiers that who are reliant on “socialist” systems like medicare and social security but going out to protest other people getting them. Which seems pretty hypocritical to a lot of people.

    That’s true. Still, just because unconstitutional expansions of government have occurred in the past, there’s no reason to continue down that road until there’s nothing left of the old republic. A line could be drawn, and then some serious thought could be applied to fixing old errors. That’s not hypocrisy, it’s just dealing with reality.

  5. I lived in that area for 10 years. It’s not terribly La-La; it’s actually more Republican.

    “Lots of the TeaBaggies are fundamentalists with a literal interpretation of the Babble.”

    So what? Lots of Big Government supporters are Creationists. Lots of Tea Party-ers are hard-core science types (ahem). One has nothing to do with the other.

  6. Gabriel Hanna

    The Tea Party is not campaigning against Social Security or Medicare for anyone. They think they government is spending too much money, and has been for the last few years.

    I don’t understand why so many people who consider themselves bright, think that formulating an extreme position and attributing it to other people somehow constitutes an argument.

  7. Gabriel Hanna says:

    I don’t understand why so many people who consider themselves bright, think that formulating an extreme position and attributing it to other people somehow constitutes an argument.

    It’s not an argument. It’s a tactic, used when you have no argument.

  8. Gabriel Hanna

    It’s pretty easy to see who bothered to listen to anything that anyone in the Tea Party has to say, and who is simply relying on caricatures at second hand.

    Aren’t we all smart people here? Isn’t part of intelligence weighing the different sides of an argument? Don’t we all know about fallacies?
    A thing is true, or not true, regardless of whether Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin says it.

    If you cannot put the other side’s argument in a way that the other side would accept as a fair characterization, then you don’t know what you are talking about. All you’re doing is feces-flinging.

  9. Gabriel Hanna says: “All you’re doing is feces-flinging.”

    A family tradition among us hominids.

  10. Gabriel Hanna

    Anyway, there are a lot of people trying to ride the Tea Party coattails, probably including some creationists–look at what they’re doing with global warming.

    And a lot of those people are going to get left, too, because the Tea Party is not a conservative or a libertarian or a Republican movement.

  11. One of the most refreshing things about the Tea Party People is an almost universal lack enthusiasm for any social issues, in contrast with its almost monomaniacal focus on deficits, excessive government spending, overbearing government regulation and intrusion, and high taxes.

    It is a political movement with but one large plank in its platform: “Big Government Sucks.”

    To the extent they stick with that, and eschew the usual social issues of the Religious Right, like prayer and Creationism in school, and other “issues that do not matter™,” I applaud them.

  12. Longie says:

    One of the most refreshing things about the Tea Party People is an almost universal lack enthusiasm for any social issues …

    That’s my impression, thus my reaction to the letter-to-the-editor. Still, they cheer for Palin, Hannity, etc. That’s not an inconsistency. Everyone likes recognition from celebrities.