Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) has been trying to have it both ways with the volatile Tea Party in Utah, on the one hand justifying their anger but also chastising them for not listening to the GOP. This week at a town hall meeting at Utah’s Dixie State College, Hatch again highlighted this dichotomy. Tea partiers “are good, honest, descent people, but out of anger should not disrupt the few GOP [candidates] who can win,” he said. Saying the GOP at large needs to get better organized, Hatch pointed to successful progressive efforts. He suggested the GOP would be at a disadvantage as a movement because gay rights activists, for example, are religiously devoted to politics:
He said the Republicans need to organize and pull together just as unions, environmentalists, personal injury lawyers and gay rights activists do for Democrat candidates.
“Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,” said Hatch.
Steve Benen asks, “I’d love to know what that means, exactly. Gay people can’t be religious? The LGBT community necessarily cares more politics than the rest of the country?” And if Hatch thinks gays and lesbians “don’t pay tithing,” then where does he think they worship? Or does he mean that they don’t worship at all?