and some say the Tea Party isn't racist or religiously bigoted

Tennessee Tea Partiers To GOP Gov: Stop Employing Muslims, Gays, Democrats!

Three county party chairman — from Stewart County, Williamson County, and Humphreys County — confirmed to TPM that the resolutions had passed. Kyle Mallory, chairman of the Stewart County GOP, said that, all together, nine counties have passed related, though not identical, resolutions. (One county chairman is apparently holding the resolution for revision.) The resolutions, according to Mallory, address concerns ranging from the governor’s appointment process to “other conservative issues within the executive branch here in Tennessee.”

The state party, meanwhile, considers the resolutions distractions involving only a minority of the state’s 95 counties.
From the article you will find that most Tennessee GOP leaders are not onboard with these bigoted resolutions, and if you look at a map locating the counties of Tennessee you will see that the nine(?) counties are primarily rural.

But there are those who hate Islam in the state of Tennessee as shown by the two years it has taken a mosque in Murfreesboro to open