Discussion by: john.wb
Although my political views are on the left of the political spectrum I often read websites from the far right; and, in the US, this means the Tea Party (most of whom consider me a communist – but that's another story!). I do this because I believe that we can always learn from listening to the other side. (Listening to an opposing viewpoint serves to re-affirm ones own position). One of the things that stikes me is the correlation between tea party membership and religious affiliation – and not just any religion, we're talking specifically about fundamentalist Christians who believe the earth is 4,000 years old. This made me wonder, why this is. Why do religious and politcal affiliations seem to go hand in hand? Are atheists mostly left-wing? Are there any atheist tea-partiers (I doubt it judging from what I have read). And what about liberation theology – where does that fit in.
Logically, I would have thought that followers of Christ would have been more liberal than average. The precepts of helping the poor, casting off ones worldly possesions and turning the other cheek seem decidedly left-wing to me. And yet,.. that's not the case. Perhaps a pre-dispostion to believe in God also inclines one to be conservatve. Interested to hear others thoughts on this.