What Is an Example of a Splinter Party?

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A splinter party separates from a major political party, such as Republicans and Democrats, as well as from religious denominations. Splinter groups form because of ideology differences, such beliefs, principles and ideas or values, and moral ethics.

The Tea Party is a large, organized group of American political conservatives. The party was organized in 2004 to protest federal government policies, among them illegal immigration, the right to bear arms, the end of deficit spending and less government control.

The Libertarian movement is another splinter political party. Libertarians believe that all Americans are responsible for upholding national heritage through ingenuity and personal responsibility. Group ideology encourages personal freedom, and it is central to the group’s ideology. Libertarians encourage individuals to pursue goals that lead to future suitability within society.

Religious splinter groups are common within denominations and represent varying interpretations of a shared concept. These splinter groups are considered liberal or conservative based on their culture, doctrine and history rather than by the denomination. Among the conservative groups are evangelicals, fundamentalists, charismatic and pentecostals. Progressive is a form of liberal Christianity that opposes adherence to strict dogma but encourages intelligent, thoughtful research into the understanding and applicability of God’s presence in human life. At the cornerstone of their doctrine is acceptance of group differences and the fair treatment for all people.