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Why I’ll Be Paying Attention To Michele Bachmann’s Religious Beliefs

Over the next few days, I’ll be writing about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s religious views. I won’t be doing so because I believe that Bachmann’s views on religion matter. Instead, I’ll be writing on the subject because Michele Bachmann herself has declared that her religious beliefs are a core portion of her qualifications to elected President of the United States next year.

The Bachmann for President campaign has released a list of religious leaders who endorse her campaign for President, and along with it, a statement declaring, “Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced today the endorsement of more than 100 Iowa pastors and faith leaders. Many of the evangelical leaders offered support after hearing her testimony and witnessing how her faith guides her strong leadership…”

bumper sticker against bachmann's theocratic campaignNormally, I would say that a candidate’s religious beliefs should not be a part of any consideration of the candidate’s suitability for public office. The Constitution, after all, declares that, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Michele Bachmann, however, is using her list of religious endorsements to promote the idea that she ought to be elected President because of her Christian religious identity, or “her faith”, as she puts it. She’s making an implicit promise to be a theocrat, pushing her particular religious beliefs into public laws that apply to everyone.

We aren’t trying to make a religious test that Michele Bachmann has to pass to qualify for public office. Michele Bachmann is – and she’s working to apply that religious test to everyone else. It’s in order to defend the separation of church and state that we need to examine the religious agenda that Michele Bachmann has insisted on making a part of the 2012 presidential election contest.

11 comments to Why I’ll Be Paying Attention To Michele Bachmann’s Religious Beliefs

  • Walter

    We’ve come a long way since JFK reassured the public he wouldn’t let the pope run the country!

  • A long way? I don’t know. JFK was speaking in defense of the separation of church and state. Now, we have politicians like Michele Bachmann who are speaking against the separation of church and state and trying to force religious tests for public office onto other presidential candidates.

    I think that’s a long way in the wrong direction.

  • Joey Simms

    So … what Christian principles are you worried will work themselves into law? Don’t spend money you don’t have? Don’t lie, steal or cheat? Allowing people to keep more of their money so that individuals and churches are able to better attend to the needy instead of an inefficient bureaucracy? Perhaps hold people accountable for their actions? Love, joy, peace, kindness? Love your neighbor as yourself? Maybe she’ll force you to thank God before you eat food.. Do you think she’ll force you to join a federally sponsored church and force you to tithe? Are you anti-Christian? What’s wrong with being endorsed by pastors? IF she actually is a truly dedicated Christian, what issues could you possibly have with her?

    • Being forced to adopt Christian worship is a concern when a politician like Michele Bachmann uses her religion as a political tool in the way that Bachmann does. Having the religious leaders of Christian churches endorse her is a concern because those churches are tax exempt organizations, that, like other tax-exempt organizations, achieve their exemption from taxes by agreeing not to engage in campaign politics. Yet, here they are, doing just that – and breaking the law.

      If I were a Christian, I would be offended that Michele Bachmann is willing to twist Christian churches into becoming arms of the political operation to extend her own presidential ambitions.

      • Joey Simms

        That doesn’t even make any since. How does on twist a Christian Church. She isn’t using her Christianity as a political tool. She is merely being a Christian. Christians have a tendency to support fellow Christians because of common beliefs; that is believing in the God of the bible and the teachings in the bible. True Christians aspire to have Christ like qualities (look them up; you might be surprised). No one is being forced to do adopt any religion. It seems you would like to force her and millions of Christians to not practice our faith. One doesn’t stop being a Christian or Muslim or any other faith at certain times of the day. One’s faith is 24/7/365. Thankfully we still have freedom of religion in this country. I’d like to know how Bachmann has taken steps to established any religion and force it on anyone.

    • Bachmann is not a love and peace type of Christian.

      • Joey Simms

        What on earth does that mean? By definition, if someone is a Christian, they believe what is taught in the bible. Love and peace is certainly included. It would behoove non-believers to at least try to understand the basic concepts of Christianity before engaging in debate on Christian topics. Try R.C. Sproul (http://www.ligonier.org/rym/). He gives terrific insight into evangelicalism.

        • Indeed, peace and love are integral to any generous positive, moral, or biblical interpretation of Christianity. Bachmann does not promote such policies. She is certainly supported by plenty of nominal Christians though, so you might begin to see why I’m not very generous with my interpretations anymore. Trying to fit in with such Christians is not morally helpful to me as a way to express peace and love.

  • Leroy

    How does anyone on this blog truly know if Bachmann is a “love and peace” type of Christian, as if that were a category readily recognized. The Hendrix above has lost too many brain cells.

    • I speak in simple terms. You will know them by their deeds and policies.

      Ron Paul has the peace part if you want to vote for a Republican. He still has a lot to learn about love, but it’s a start.

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