Religion and Politics

Did Michele Bachmann just pwne Mitt Romney?

“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… Wow…. Oh, and it looks like she is not a speaker…  

Religion and Politics

Lisa Miller jumps the shark

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

Religion and Politics

Pastors shouldn’t be campaign chairs

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

Religion and Politics

Examination of Cantor’s Zionism and Bachmann’s Dominionism

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? via Cantor’s


Even Al Jazeera knows about C. Peter Wagner

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

Religion and Politics

For once, I agree with Michele Bachmann – Natural Disasters and God

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

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Coming soon, the U.S. Department of Spiritual Warfare and Inquisition

If only ignorance was a damnable sin: 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,