Figures. Politico Uses Evangelical Obama Voter In Tea Party Hit Piece

The Politico ran a hit piece today about how “The Tea Parties Stir Evangelical Fears.”

Tea parties stir evangelicals’ fears

The rise of a new conservative grass roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass roots, the evangelical Christian right.

A reeling economy and the massive bank bailout and stimulus plan were the triggers for a resurgence in support for the Republican Party and the rise of the tea party movement. But they’ve also banished the social issues that are the focus of many evangelical Christians to the background….

“As far as I can tell [the tea party movement] has a politics that’s irreligious. I can’t see how some of my fellow conservatives identify with it,” said Richard Cizik, who broke with a major evangelical group over his support for government action on climate change, but who remains largely in line with the Christian right on social issues. “The younger Evangelicals who I interact with are largely turned off by the tea party movement — by the incivility, the name-calling, the pathos of politics.”

So who is Richard Cizik?
…He’s an Obama supporter.

Richard Cizik is not your average every day evangelical. He supported the pro-abortion, pro-infanticide Barack Obama in 2008 for president.
From Christianity Today:

Cizik told Gross that he voted for Obama in the primaries, but stopped short of saying whom he voted for in the general election.

No wonder he hates those uncivil teabaggers!

Next time Politico, would you please use a conservative for your tea party hit peace?
Is that asking too much?

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  • Concerned Citizen

    Figures. Sheesh!

  • Sage

    So you’re using one obama voter as a representative example of evangelicals now? I know for a fact a sizaeable portion of the TPs are evangelical. Yet you focus on this phony Obama voter. The agenda is clear to create a rift among the TP. And it’s a really pathetic attempt.
    Politico sadly is taken seriously by very few anymore. And your articles least of all. I’m an evangelical. Why didn’t you interview me? The only thing worse than leftist blue staters are angry leftists in red states. It’s like the angry emo teenage son. I have witnessed no name-calling or vulgarities at tea parties. And I have yet to meet an evangelical who won’t oppose Obama on the grounds that he is also opposed by secularists. Give me a break. Laughable.

  • ATV

    It’s important to remember that Cizik was basically kicked out of the National Association of Evangelicals for his dissent from evangelicals on gay marriage, the environment, abortion, and just about every other social issue they care about. He’s not representative of evangelicals. What he means is that *his kind* of evangelicals (by which he means the relatively small number of liberal, statist evangelicals) are scared of the tea party movement.

  • crypticguise

    Politico is just an Obama *sskisser and that blog is rarely concerned with truth or analysis.

  • Anita

    Gateway, Insta & Red State beat Politico any day & their lies exposed!

  • Gunga

    I know several young evangelicals who voted for the big 0. They mostly did it out of ignorance and youthful naïveté. I don’t know a single one who doesn’t regret it at this point.

    Hey Politico! Evangelicals AND Tea Partiers agree that limited government is preferential to whatever it is to which we are currently on the path.

  • Militant Conservative

    Yawn, no news here. Politico biased and crappy reporting? That’s why they are dying.

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  • Chip Bennett

    Wait, let’s parse.

    From Jim’s linked CT article (which, by the way, is about Cizik resigning his NAE leadership position because his views had become inconsistent with the evangelical mainstream):

    “For better or for worse, Rich became a great, polarizing figure,” said Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship. “He was gradually, over a period of time, separating himself from the mainstream of evangelical belief and conviction. So I’m not surprised. I’m sorry for him, but I’m not disappointed for the evangelical movement.”

    This Cizik character:
    – Supports Obama
    – Supports Global Warming
    – Supports same-sex unions
    – Supports government-supplied contraceptives
    – Intimated support for pro-abortion candidates

    And it was for these reasons that dozens of actual evangelical leaders called for his resignation.

    Yet Politico calls him a “[leader] of the old conservative grass roots, the evangelical Christian right”, and characterizes him thus [emphasis added]:

    Richard Cizik, who broke with a major evangelical group over his support for government action on climate change, but who remains largely in line with the Christian right on social issues.

    So, the actual leaders of the amorphous evangelical Christian right rejected Cizik’s social views, and called for (and eventaully won) Cizik’s resignation as a leader of and spokesperson for the NAE – and yet he is the one NAE-connected person polled by Politico for the article.

    Further, the only example of “uncivility” in the Tea Party movement is the “Obama Joker” image – which was not even created by a Tea Partier!

    I’ll take such an article seriously just as soon as the author points out where he got his panties in a wad regarding the blatant and incessant vitriol targeted at President Bush.

  • Ladue Pundit

    How “civilized” is jabbing scissors into a baby’s head and sucking out its brains?

    As for uncivilized behavior at town halls and tea parties, it has been universally displayed by leftists, many of whom were paid and transported to the events by their masters.

  • wanumba

    Reads like a Soviet PRAVDA piece.

    What a howler, “split from evangelicals on his support for climate change …”

    WHO do they imagine they are talking to?

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  • hrh

    I’m a conservative evangelical and I’m a district organizer for Tea Party Patriots.

    Politico continues to accurately reflect the DC/Media cluelessness about what happens outside their secular liberal bubble.

    Which is very small BTW. But I guess when you’re inside it looking out, it encompasses your whole world…

  • Assistant Village Idiot

    So he calls his opponents irreligious, but it is they who are uncivl name-callers. Having been on both the evangelical left and the evangelical right (I call myself “postliberal” at this point), I find this very typical of the left in general, including, sadly, the religious left. They do not perceive they are being insulting because it is against acceptable targets, and in a condescending (even sneering) rather than blunt style. That is more acceptable to their tribe for social reasons. And they are all about social. Younger evangelicals are “turned off,” by the style of Tea Partiers – Cizik gets that right – but it is not about civility but the uncoolness with which criticism is delivered. Cizik does not perceive this because he remains locked in the same adolescent prison.

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