The religious right and the tea parties are two very different beasts, each with competing agendas
Still, there seems to be a growing willingness among U.S. Christians to intermingle with the teabaggers, who are quite insistent upon lashing out against what they’re told is the greatest squelching of freedom since that time they all bought tickets to “Battlefield Earth”.
Were an actual alliance to form between them, it could mean that moral concerns take a back seat to entirely new fiscal unreality. Still, by their powers combined, the two distinctly separate but roughly approximate groups could pose a serious challenge to progressives in the mid-term elections.
Can you imagine it? A cadre of tea bagging Christians packing guns, sporting t-shirts reading “Psalms 109:8” and singing “We Shall Overcome” like some kind of damn Yippie parade? I can.
The problem with this sort of groupthink in any ideology is that its participants are easily suckered by anyone smooth enough to play on their favorite angles. Therein lies a weakness.
I’m a fan of the Reddit atheism boards, but not because I’m necessarily an atheist (I’m a self-fashioned ‘I-don’t-know-ist’). It was there I stumbled across a little video of some stick-figures participating in a game show where questions focused on the numerous contradictions that litter the Christian Bible. Indended to be snarky, the clip runs on a bit too long but it does make some very good points about the nature of faith without a basis on research or fact.
About half way through, it dropped a gem: a question about Acts 2:44-45 and 4:34-37, from the King James version.
Those verses, you see, explain that the first generation of the Christian church — those who were closest to the politics of Christ’s time and place — were all Communists.
The Good Book explains …
44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
34. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35. And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37. Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Since we’ve already got two pretty straightforward liberal answers to conservatism of late — a “Green Tea Party” and a “Coffee Party“, as they’re called — I figure it’s time to take the culture jamming up a notch.
It is my sincere hope that a clean-cut looking group of snarky liberals will engage their tea-fueled countrymen on a face-to-face level and pretend to agree with every item, no matter how ill-informed, only to whip the discussion around to Jesus-town with a quip like, “Yeah, you know, the first church really had it right, wouldn’t you say?”
If the teabagger agrees, maybe offer them a poster or a t-shirt as a biblical affirmation of the original Christian values expressed in Acts 2 and 4. Maybe even come up with a chant or three, something infectious and anchored in Christian symbolism that other participants would gladly join in. A giant banner with some message about “Christianity’s founding fathers” being right would seem ideal here.
Much fun as duping your easily-led friends and neighbors may be, the point of such an exercise wouldn’t be realized until it is catapulted online.
Photos of a Christian teabagger parade, waving signs and chanting while completely oblivious to the fact that they’re promoting communism, would be more than just a moral debasement for Republicans manipulating the tea parties behind the scenes. It would be a massive propaganda victory for those eager to expose the gullible stupidity that so flourishes in the midst of a groupthink.
In other words, it would be beautiful, kinda like the times Rush Limbaugh mistakenly praised socialized medicine, or the revelation that Sarah Palin and her grandson have personally benefited from public health care: a perfect illustration of their duplicitous hypocrisy, on display for all the world to see.
And for whatever it’s worth, I’d totally write about it.