My heart breaks for the Manatee Tea Party. After 45 years in Christian ministry and 35 years dealing with public policy issues affecting the family, what I witnessed and experienced during this past election cycle broke my heart.
I have participated in the Tea Party movement at the state and national level for several years. Only recently have I attended local Tea Party meetings and what I saw was not only inconsistent with their values, but downright deplorable behavior.
I witnessed a conservative female candidate, after she had been given permission to answer statements made about her, rudely dismissed because someone in leadership didn't care for her answers.
It puzzles me how a "conservative" group could support pro-abortion, pro-Common Core incumbent school board candidates who voted to hire a school superintendent who, when asked at a "Soup with the Supe" event, confirmed he is also pro-Common Core.
And, in a letter to the editor, a member of the Manatee Tea Party even stooped to use a liberal blogger's 2006 vile condemnation of a Christian conservative congresswoman and her Bible study teacher as proof text against another conservative female candidate.
Shameful is not a strong enough word.
Alexander the Great, when dealing with a young cowardly soldier also named Alexander, said "either change your actions or change your name!"
The Manatee Tea Party should heed his words.
Dr. Dale Burroughs, President, Biblical Heritage Institute