Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party’

What Churches Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has quickly grown from a single protest at Zuccotti Park in New York to over 900 cities around the world. There are several reasons why the Occupy Movement has experienced such exponential growth in only three months, but the primary one is that they boldly seized a cause that was crying out for a champion. There was, and still is, a groundswell of people who desperately want to restore balance to a fundamentally unjust economic system.

While more Americans than ever slipped below the poverty line in 2011 (46.2 million), the wealthiest 1% now controls 40% of the nation’s wealth. That kind of disparity is wrong by any standards, and is an injustice that falls squarely within the church’s domain. Some pastors have been fighting the good fight for years; however, many are strangely silent when it comes to getting actively involved in shaping policies that help the sick, hungry, and poor (aka “the least of these.”) Not wanting to create a riff in their congregations or upset contributors, they tend to shy away from the “controversial” issues. (more…)

Tea Party Temper Tantrum

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Sometimes, it’s fun to be mad. Once, I was so upset I actually got off my couch and drove downtown to take part in a peaceful demonstration. As soon as I was plunged in the middle of so many like-minded individuals, I got a contact high. Feeling mistreated by the police or slighted by the press only bonds you closer to your compatriots and reinforces your resolve. While I personally never felt like I accomplished much by protesting, it must be satisfying to feel like you’ve managed to move the needle.

The Tea-Partiers are feeling the power of being a part of a national movement that has already had a significant impact on the political landscape. This may be a new experience for many of them. 79% of the Tea Party are white, 75% are over 45 years old, and over 54% are Republican (41% are Independent). Most in this demographic were not participating in freedom marches or sit-ins. Over their lifetimes, they haven’t had a whole lot to be upset about, but now they’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take it any more. (more…)