Tea Party Express Leader Denies Social Issues Are Part Of Agenda

Jim Burroway

September 17th, 2010

Tea Party Express chairperson Amy Kremer is attending the Family Research Council’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. this weekend, where she will appear as a panelist. While she was there, she sat down with the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who pressed her on taking a stand on social issues. Said Kremer, “If we go and allow religion and social issues to become a big part of this movement, this movement is going to fall apart.”

So there you have it. The Tea Party Express has no stake in social issues. Which is why their chairperson is attending a three-day conference dedicated to social issues conducted by the Family Research Council.

Tea Party Express was founded by a Sacramento-based GOP political consulting firm in 2008. Which means it’s totally nonpartisan too. Former Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams, incensed over plans to build an Islamic community center two blocks from New York’s Ground Zero, said Muslims worshipped a “monkey-god.” Which means they are totally not xenophobic either.

John in the Bay Area

September 17th, 2010

I thought that they were funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.


September 17th, 2010


I wonder when you are going to do real journalism, or is there a disclaimer on the BTB that Jim Burroway is the only one allowed to make asinine assumptions, strawmem arguments, dithers, rants, generalizations (I thought these things were against the the comments policy but a I guess the author is allowed to do so…)

Jim Burroway

September 17th, 2010

Is there anything about this post that is factually incorrect?

Priya Lynn

September 18th, 2010

I gather pepa is a tea party fan.


September 18th, 2010

Not sure about pepa, but I certainly am – as well as being a skeptic. The so-called TEA Party is nothing more than a whole bunch of different groups, some I rather dislike while others I could support. While some of these groups obviously want to continue the Moral Majority under new name many do not. If they are successful in turning the GOP from a focus on social issues to fiscal matters, I would very much welcome that.

Ben in Oakland

September 18th, 2010

Muslims worship a monkey god. WTF? What are they teaching young people today.

Hindus worship a monkey god named Hanuman. Muslims worship Allah, another incarnation of El, the former midianite storm god that eventually became Yahweh, a somewhat plural god also known as Elohim, who also became even more plural when it became the Trinity.

It’s all very clear, except to the uneducated.

Richard Rush

September 18th, 2010

Pepa, I think you project too much.


September 18th, 2010

“Tea Party Express” is not the tea party movement. It’s a Republican group hitching itself to a popular movement. And the fact that the ex-front man that they fired says crazy things doesn’t mean that a broad and decentralized movement is either xenophobic, Republican, or social-conservative. Listen to what they say: Asked by social conservatives to embrace “values issues,” tea party activists repeatedly refuse. That should be encouraging to people who’d like to see a sane conservative movement.

Jason D

September 18th, 2010

“So there you have it. The Tea Party Express has no stake in social issues. Which is why their chairperson is attending a three-day conference dedicated to social issues conducted by the Family Research Council.”

But of course!

See, I have no interest in video games, which is why I own a playstation 2, playstation 3, and a PSP. I just own them so I can show people that I don’t like video games.

Just like this tea party representative didn’t just attend the VVS, she appeared as a panelist.


September 18th, 2010

Is there anything about this post that is factually incorrect?

Yes the entire assumption of presenting the entire tea party movement as homophobic is INCORRECT.

YOU cannot prove that the entire movement is anti-gay like how the FRC is. They are both WAY WAY different movements (for one FRC is more structured and the TP is not) , and this is isn’t just about whether your own facts are correct not either but whether they are substantial to warrant a BIAS OPINION. Which clearly THEY ARE NOT.


September 18th, 2010

@ John.

There already very much structured movements where hypocritical social conservatives can join: AFA, FRC, CWA, FOF, WND and on and on.

The TP movement is exclusively libertarian in philosophy however there will be those in the TP that might have opinions that are beyond the realm of the Tea Party and more of the James Dobson variety.

However the only thing that Jim Burroway has proven is that how very few of them do actually exist. This is something HE REFUSES TO ADMIT EVEN WITH HIS OWN FACTS.


September 18th, 2010

Actually, economically libertarian and socially downright reactionary isn’t all that uncommon of a combination these days. It’s quite a common combination of beliefs among upper-class conservatives. Older Upper-middle-class conservatives actually seem to be a majority among tea party people from what I have personally observed in my area.

This is a fact.


September 19th, 2010

@ BlackDog

Surely if this were a “fact” and not an opinion you would hold evidence to support that claim about the ENTIRE Tea Party movement.

Priya Lynn

September 19th, 2010

Pepa said “YOU cannot prove that the entire movement is anti-gay like how the FRC is.”.

Its pretty pathetic when you have to cling to the fact that there are a handful of people in the tea party that aren’t homophobic – the VAST majority are:


The connection comes as a new University of Washington poll found that of those Americans who supported the Tea Party movement…Only 36 percent think gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, and just 17 percent are in favor of same-sex marriage.”.


September 19th, 2010

The TP movement is exclusively libertarian in philosophy however there will be those in the TP that might have opinions that are beyond the realm of the Tea Party and more of the James Dobson variety.

Actually this is as factually inaccurate as saying that the TEA Party movement is nothing more than a front for the social cons. It isn’t a monolithic movement but instead is composed of hundreds of separate groups, some are social con and others are libertarian. I’ve seen both.

Pat Barry

September 26th, 2010

“Monkey God” eh …. Christians, Jews and Muslims all worship the same “God”. But I would not expect Williams to know or care about that. PS They can’t all be right but they could all be wrong.

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