It was a Tea Party gathering for Utah's David Kirkham - which TMR was led to by Glenn Reynolds - that provided evidence the Tea Party was just a collection of white religious whackos no black atheist blogger wanted anything to do with:
"To understand why the Tea Party resonates with the religious right and vice versa, one must understand how the anti-government rhetoric of the Tea Party movement is driven by a fundamental tenet of Christian reconstructionism: that there are certain God-ordained spheres – family, church and government – and that government has exceeded the authority God gave it, to the detriment of church, family and the individual, whose rights, both Tea Partiers and religious right-ists maintain, are granted by God, not the government.
This notion that the federal government – not only godless, but in flagrant violation of God's will – is "tyrannical" and needs to be overthrown resonates from militias to the John Birch Society to the podiums of religious-right gatherings where Republican presidential hopefuls jockey for the support of the faithful. To fail to see the religious roots of the Tea Party mantra – or the ways in which it reverberates as a divine imperative – is to blind oneself to a fundamental feature of American conservatism."
The fact they'd lie about their beliefs - hiding them behind economic concerns - was an immediate disqualifier for TMR when it came to listening to, both, Kirkham AND Reynolds,…