Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
Earlier today, I opened a panel on “The Teavangelicals: Who They Are and Why They Are Important,” hosted by Zondervan and the Huffington Post, with some survey data on who exactly the “Teavangelicals” are. I pointed out that about 1-in-10 (11%) Americans say they identify with the Tea Party movement. Among those who identify as members of the Tea Party, 47% also say they consider themselves part of the Religious Right or Conservative Christian. These are the “Teavangelicals,” about whom panelist David Brody of CBN recently wrote a book, The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America.
The event featured a lively discussion about the role of Tea Party members, white evangelical Protestants, and “Teavangelicals” in the 2012 election and beyond. I explored the issues where Tea Party members and white evangelical Protestants are aligned (mainly social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage), but also addressed potential areas of friction, where the presence of large numbers of white evangelical Protestants could actually shift the Tea Party’s goals (immigration and the minimum wage, to name a few.
To learn more about the intersections between the Tea Party and white evangelical Protestants, check out our fact sheet.