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Michele Bachmann, evangelical feminist?
June 27th, 2011
06:09 PM ET

Michele Bachmann, evangelical feminist?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - If Hillary Clinton, the woman who came closest to becoming a major party presidential nominee, is a feminist icon, could something similar be said of Michele Bachmann, who officially launched her presidential campaign on Monday?

Bachmann is seldom described in those terms; the conservative Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party darling might cringe at the feminist label.

But some religion and politics experts say that she exemplifies an evangelical feminism that is producing more female leaders in Christian nonprofits, businesses, and education and politics, even as more traditional gender roles prevail in evangelical homes and churches.

“It’s not that evangelical feminism is entirely new,” says R. Marie Griffith, director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. “But this lack of fear going into top positions of power is new and astonishing and exciting for this segment of the population.”

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Politics • Sarah Palin

Your Take: Comments on faith-based opposition to the national anthem
June 27th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on faith-based opposition to the national anthem

Yesterday's post about a Mennonite pastor’s faith-based reasons for not singing the "Star Spangled-Banner" drew more than 4,000 comments.

Mark Schloneger, a Mennonite pastor and an alum of Goshen College - which recently decided to forego the singing of the national anthem at sporting events – described how his religion's teachings on separation of church and state lead to the decision to skip the anthem.

Some readers agreed with the author's view and defended the Mennonite faith:

Tandamonium
As an agnostic, a wife of an Active Duty Marine for over 20 years and mother of two Active Duty Marines, I thought the author did a great job getting to the nuance of the reason behind the decision and also on giving some insight into Anabaptists. It is a faith-based decision stemmed in beliefs older than the US. I don't feel the author is any less patriotic than I am or the Mennonite Church is any less or more Christian than any other Christ-based denomination, they are just offering a different perspective on some things.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Church and state • Faith Now

June 27th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Faces of Faith: Explaining Mormonism

In Sunday's Faces of Faith segment on CNN, Anchor T.J. Holmes interviews Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, on various aspects of Mormonism.

Faces of Faith airs most Sundays during the 8 a.m. hour.

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Faith Now • Mormonism

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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