“President Obama is extremely wealthy,” Bachmann said when USA Today askedhow someone with “vast wealth” could connect to the American public. “He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that’s really the issue. President Obama is wealthy — what does he understand about the common man right now?” (here)
Maybe she pulled a Ronald Reagan and a Pat Buchanan… I mean, unless she really believes that an 8 million dollar networth is more disconnecting than a 250 million dollar networth…
Between them, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have as many children — 12 — as there were tribes of Israel. Ron Paul has five of his own, and in an early debate, perhaps unwilling to be outdone by Michele Bachmann’s fostering of dozens, Paul boasted that when he worked as a physician he delivered “4,000 babies.”
There’s nothing wrong with big families, of course. But the smug fecundity of the Republican field this primary season has me worried. Their family photos, with members of their respective broods spilling out to the margins, seem to convey a subliminal message that goes far beyond a father’s pride in being able to field his own basketball team. What the Republican front-runners seem to be saying is this: We are like the biblical patriarchs. As conservative religious believers, we take seriously the biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply.
Lisa Miller is not known for her unbiased views of religion, but this does sort of take the take.
I validate a woman’s choice not to have children or to be a working mother, but I find it increasingly difficult to see others validate the women who stay home raise families. It’s not about the tribes of Israel – which, by the way, is just a stupid statement. I don’t defend Romney or Santorum’s view on women or families, but this article seems to criticize all families who are large.
Come on, folks…. moderation, equality, pluralism, and if you have to criticize, and there are times we should, then don’t do so in a way which generalizes everyone in the same way.
Bachmann’s campaign is looking for “pastor chairmen” in all 99 Iowa counties, each charged with building support not just among churchgoers but with other ministers and church lay leaders. Similar organizing is under way in South Carolina and Florida.
“I think we’re building toward having a more comprehensive evangelical outreach in Iowa than anyone’s ever had before, with the possible exception of when Pat Robertson ran,” said Bob Heckman, a Bachmann consultant and GOP presidential campaign veteran.
Heckman said fiscal conservatives remain important to Bachmann’s campaign, which is also looking for 99 tea-party chairmen in Iowa. Still, there is no question that Bachmann is particularly well-suited to refocus her efforts on reaching Christian conservatives: She distinguished herself in Minnesota as a politician who didn’t merely align herself with the religious right, but rather rose from the heart of the movement.
Both Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann have extreme religious beliefs. In Cantor’s Zionism God expressly desires a piece of land in Middle East be ruled and occupied by Jews. Bachmann’s Dominionism asserts that Christians should play a special role in the American Republic. However, the major news outlets have treated their religous beliefs very differently. While it is open season on Bachmann, Cantor’s Zionism is off limits. In a bizarre marriage of extremism, Zionism and Dominionism are joined at the hip; one never speaking a word against the other. But which one is truly dangerous for America?
Zionism and Dominionism – Yes, too very political and very theological viewpoints, neither of which I believe are ‘biblical.’
When people are elected to Federal Office in the United States, they swear to uphold the Constitution, but many today are taking pledges and running on platforms which promise to protect Israel over and above the United States. Why? Bad theology.
I would like to dedicate this post to my friend, Peter, across the pond, in future America East:
With Representative Michele Bachmann’s victory in the Ames, Iowa straw poll, and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s triumphal entrance into the GOP presidential primary, there’s been a sudden spike of attention drawn to the extremist religious beliefs both candidates have been associated with – up to and including their belief in Christian dominionism. (In the Texas Observer, the New Yorker, and the Daily Beast, for example.) The responses of denial from both the religious right itself and from the centrist Beltway press have been so incongruous as to be laughable – if only the subject matter weren’t so deadly serious. Those responses need to be answered, but more importantly, we need to have the serious discussion they want to prevent.
For example, in an August 18 post, originally entitled, “Beware False Prophets who Fear Evangelicals”, Washington Post religion blogger Lisa Miller cited the three stories I just mentioned, and admitted, “The stories raise real concerns about the world views of two prospective Republican nominees”, then immediately reversed direction: “But their echo-chamber effect reignites old anxieties among liberals about evangelical Christians. Some on the left seem suspicious that a firm belief in Jesus equals a desire to take over the world.” Of course, she cited no examples to bolster this narrative-flipping claim. More importantly, she wrote not one more word about the real concerns she had just admitted.
For Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, Hurricane Irene and last week’s earthquake in the eastern United States were a message from God that Washington needs to change its policies.
Even as Irene was beginning its raking course up the East Coast over the weekend, which killed 21 people and caused widespread flooding and power outages, Bachmann told senior citizens in Poinciana, Florida, on Saturday that the hurricane was an “act of God” that Washington should heed.
The Minnesota congresswoman, who has gained media prominence for her fiery attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama and against big government, recalled Washington and the east had already felt a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.
“Washington, D.C., you’d think by now they’d get the message. An earthquake, a hurricane. Are you listening? The American people have done everything they can, and now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it,” she said, drawing some laughs from her audience.
Agreed – maybe God is telling us to increase federal funding and to remember that Government is a God-blessed thing:
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. (Rom 13:1-4 NLT)
The pledge plays up right-wing claims of harassment by thuggish gays in the deeply divisive and bruising campaign to pass California’s Proposition 8 in 2008. That ballot initiative yanked existing marriage rights away from gay and lesbian families in California. There were reports of boycotts and minor vandalism on both sides, with much of the vandalism targeting yard signs expressing support or opposition to the initiative, but the anti-gay fringe right preferentially seized on claims that proponents of the measure had been harassed and threatened.
In the wake of Prop 8’s passage, hundreds of protests took place around the country. Almost all of those protests were carried out peaceably, but in a scant few instances there were ugly episodes of conflict, usually involving gays whose gatherings or traditional neighborhoods were invaded by anti-gay Christians. In one incident in Palm Springs, an elderly woman carrying a Styrofoam cross pushed her way into a candlelight vigil organized by GLBT equality advocates; though most of the vigil’s attendees sought to stay out of her way, two men, angry at the outcome of a vote in which their civil rights had been rescinded at the ballot box, snatched the cross from her and stomped it to pieces.
Specifically, this ‘presidential commission’ which no doubt will have the power of Federal Marshal’s, will investigate the complaints on a Federal level (making it a federal crime) the actions of gay groups or any group which ‘harassed’ Christians. Wow.
Finally, more media attention to the heresy of Dominionism:
Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing. But because it seems so outré, getting ordinary people to take it seriously can be difficult. Most writers, myself included, who explore it have been called paranoid. In a contemptuous 2006 First Things review of several books, including Kevin Phillips’ American Theocracy, and my own Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, conservative columnist Ross Douthat wrote, “the fear of theocracy has become a defining panic of the Bush era.”
“Slavery, as it operated in the pervasively Christian society which was the old South, was not an adversarial relationship founded upon racial animosity. In fact, it bred on the whole, not contempt, but, over time, mutual respect. This produced a mutual esteem of the sort that always results when men give themselves to a common cause. The credit for this startling reality must go to the Christian faith. . . . The unity and companionship that existed between the races in the South prior to the war was the fruit of a common faith.”.
He advocates that the South was the Christian nation. I know this platform, front and back…
This is what is circulating about Michele Bachmann, but I don’t want to focus on her. What I want to do is to focus on the fact that during the antebellum South, Christianity was used to promote slavery. Today, Christianity is used to promote several different things. Politics.You know what I mean…
So, how do we who are concerned that Christianity, our faith, is being used, again, to oppress and to shape a society into something we feel the Scriptures are opposed to, respond?
There has to come a point in which we, as Christians, get loud against our fellow believers when they abuse our faith.
First up, we have Rick Perry’s pastor who has said that Oprah is ushering in the antichrist. (ht) Oh, and look it’s out favorite Mike Bickle, of IHOP fame, and no, not pancakes.
Bickle: The Harlot Babylon is preparing the nations to receive the Antichrist. The Harlot Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, inspire acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons. They won’t know it, beloved they will be sincere, many of them, but their sincerity will not in any way lessen the impact of their deception. The fact that they are sincere does not make their deception less damaging. I believe that one of the main pastors, as a forerunner to the Harlot movement, it’s not the Harlot movement yet, is Oprah. She is winsome, she is kind, she is reasonable, she is utterly deceived, utterly deceived. A classy woman, a cool woman, a charming woman, but has a spirit of deception and she is one of the clear pastors, forerunners to the Harlot movement.
Remember, Bickle is endorsing Rick’s The Response (website), well, actually more than endorsing. Speaking of sponsors and those likely to be seen in Texas soon, Lou Engle is taking up Pat Robertson’s mantle, in saying that the tornadoes in Joplin were God’s punishment.
Following that, we have Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann both signing the ‘Family Leader Vow’ from Bob Vander Plaats. There are some issues with this ‘vow‘. First, it is anti-Islamic. There is a difference between being pro-Christian (not sure I would even describe it like that) and being anti-something. Other things too, but you can judge for yourselves. I haven’t posted much on Dominionism/Christian Reconstructionism lately, and nor do I intend to make it a regular habit, but it is something which people should be concerned about. Indeed, since before 2008, these various groups have done their best to find a viable candidate, which they prophesied was Sarah Palin, to run on their platform. Now, they have two who have declared themselves with one waiting in the wings.
I long for the days when Mitch Daniels was considering running. I like him, but don’t tell anyone.
I love the way Christians are more into silly tribalism (new word of the day) than fulfilling John 17. For example, this cartoon: You see all the unbiblical, not to mention simply stupid things in that little cartoon? Anyway, I found it in an article on Michele Bachmann and her view on science and creationism which you can read here. Also, she doesn’t know what she is talking about in regards to science.