The author of this article appears to equate the words "religious right" and "Tea Party" as synonymous or very nearly so, which, in fact, they are: The "Tupelo MS Tea Party" and the "American Family Association" are very close kin, so much so that I, a resident of Tupelo myself, have decided to include the two together as being a part of Tupelo MS's "Dark Side."--ABratt
The Tea Party, which initially described itself as wholly concerned with debt, deficit, and federal overreach, gradually unmasked itself as being almost as theocratic as the activists from the religious right that Armey had denounced only a few years before. If anything, they were even slightly more disposed than the rest of the Republican Party to inject religious issues into the political realm. According to an academic study of the Tea Party, “[T]hey seek ‘deeply religious’ elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates.” The Tea Party faithful are not so much libertarian as authoritarian, the furthest thing from a “live free or die”Constitutionalist.
GOP insider: Religion destroyed my party - Salon.com