The Tea Party is not a hate group

I am writing regarding an editorial in the February 8, 2011 edition of the Paisano regarding the Atheist Agenda’s “Smut for Smut” campaign.

In this article, the author cites the Westboro Baptist Church and the Tea Party as examples of hate organizations. While no one, themselves included, would argue that the Westboro Baptist Church is anything but a hate organization, I must take exception to the Tea Party’s characterization as a hate organization.

The Tea Party is simply a political organization that is concerned about the direction of the country and wants to return the country to a more sustainable spending level before we find ourselves in a depression or going down the same road that the UK went down in the 1960’s.

I have never met a Tea Partyer that displayed opposition to the current administration based on anything other than policy. Unfortunately, those that are opposed to the Tea Party ideologically cannot find a legitimate argument against it and their only response is to call it racist.

Even though I have only been loosely associated with the Tea Party in the past, I feel as though everyone involved or even loosely involved with the Tea Party was being called racist by association, and I cannot stand by idly while that happens.