Tea Party leaders suggested this week that efforts to reduce income equality were sinful and would invite God’s wrathful judgment.
Howard Kaloogian, a former California state lawmaker and co-founder of Tea Party Express, told a group of conservative activists that liberals were wicked for working to help the poor, reported Right Wing Watch.
“I think it’s clear that God has a position on many of the things we deem political today, from life to theft to the doctrine of covetousness, which by the way seems to be the promotion of the left,” Kaloogian said. “You know, they talk about ‘income inequality,’ well what is that but covetousness? So how could somebody support that cause if they’re biblical believing Christians?”
Kaloogian is probably best known for helping to convince CBS to drop plans to air the “Reagans” docudrama and for posting an inaccurate photo on the website for his unsuccessful 2006 run for the U.S. House.
The photo was described as a busy street scene in Baghdad, but was instead Istanbul.
During the same conference call, the head of Tea Party Unity told activists in apocalyptic language that God would intervene on their behalf.
“This country has been on the brink of complete disaster and collapse in several occasions in our national history,” said TPU head Rick Scarborough. “During the Roaring Twenties, socially this country was on the brink and deserved judgment. Go back during the pre-Civil War era, when we were buying and selling human beings; we deserved God’s judgment.”
But Scarborough, who has suggested a class action lawsuit against homosexuality, said Christians had always managed to invite God’s intervention instead of His wrath.
“That’s what I pray for and work for in this latter period of our national history,” Scarborough said. “No matter what we do, if God doesn’t intervene the country is lost. But I know this, all the prayers in the world won’t change this country and God’s not going to act if those of us who I call the remnant don’t get involved, pay the price, like you’re doing, (and) I encourage you to continue doing that.”