Though the leaders of the tea party movement claim to avoid divisive social issues like abortion and gay marriage, in practice, the movement embraces a Christian conservative platform. Yesterday at The Daily Beast I reported on how a strong anti-abortion rights stance–and leadership on a parental notification ballot initiative–propelled Alaska's tea party Senate candidate, Joe Miller, to a surprisingly strong showing Tuesday against the mixed-choice Lisa Murkowski.
Miller is part of a class of six tea party-affiliated Senate candidates who have made pro-life politics a major part of their campaigns–equally important to their fiscal conservatism. The others are Sharron Angle in Nevada, Ken Buck in Colorado, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Marco Rubio in Florida, and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.
And it isn't just through its candidates' positions that the tea party is affiliated with Christian conservatism. Tea party leaders themselves are committed social conservatives. William Owens, a spokesman for the Tea Party Express, has a history of pro-life activism (see the video above) and writing. If you read Glen Beck's 9/12 Project mission statement, principle 2 is "I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life."