We've seen plenty of evidence of the last couple of years that the Tea Party has plenty of racist members willing to put their racism front and center. That occurred again on the 4th of July - a day thay should unite all Americans - when Tea Party members in New Mexico attached a Confederate battle flag to their float in a local parade. People of faith must continue to condemn this extremism and demand that no one use race or religion or sexual orientation as a tool to divide people. My firm belief is that most Americans regardless of political party find this kind of behavior offensive. Politicians that court the Tea Party vote should make clear they strongly reject racism. Churches and other faith bodies should use every opportunity to demand that for the common good of our nation that political movements not seek to rip apart our national community but build it up.