By Liane Membis, CNN
(CNN) – The question of whether or not Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can be considered an evangelical feminist attracted nearly 3,400 comments. However, the first female presidential candidate for 2012 and Minnesota congresswoman begs to differ.
Bachmann told The Daily Beast in an interview that she’s definitely not a feminist but an "empowered American."
Readers shared their views, some said that they believe “evangelical feminism” is a contradiction:
How can an evangelical be a feminist? Timothy 2:12 states that women aren't even supposed to talk. Much less be in any sort of leadership role.
Feminism is promoting equal rights for all women. Evangelical Christians literally believe that only some women, women who believe what they believe, are saved. The two cannot exist at the same time and anyone who doffs an evangelical cap gives up the right to be called a feminist.
A woman's place is in the home, I've been instructed. Maybe an evangelical feminist is an anaerobic oxymoron.
Others praised Bachmann, claiming that her accomplishments makes her a leading woman in politics:
So if a woman’s place is in the home, it could very well be the White House for Michelle Bachmann!
Bachmann is the NEW FACE OF AMERICAN FEMINISM!! Doctorate and Post-Doctorate Degree in Tax law, a tax attorney, owns a business, creates jobs, intelligent, beautiful, been in Government since 2001(starting from state level)..etc. And some LIBERALS here want to say otherwise? BACHMANN2012
Michele Bachmann is a self made women. Liberals hate that. People may disagree with her politics, but she has made it further than Hilary Clinton by not having a president for a husband, Hilary Clinton, a women who got where she is because of her husbands position in life. Bachmann got to this level on her own, but since she's a republican liberals will not recognize her accomplishments because she doesn't spew feminist hatred toward the rights of men.
Bachmann did not need a husband as president to get where she is, something not ever mentioned by liberals.
Other readers chimed in with their personal takes on religion and politics:
It is very dangerous to elect political leaders who claim to be led by God as it makes them overconfident in their opinions and decisions which in actuality may be detrimental to the country and to society.
For centuries "feminist" fought for women to have the right to be in leadership positions from generals, CEO's, to senators and governors and God forbid, maybe even become the President. And what did the conservative women of those times do? They criticized the "feminists" for "disrupting the family structure" and argued that women belonged at home to raise children. Yes, todays "conservative women"....would be yesterday's liberal women. It's good to see "conservative women" taking advantage of all the "feminists" accomplished for them in the past.
R in Ohio ...
I think many of us posting want the same things. We want a healthy economy, social services for our citizens that are in need and a safe place in which to raise our families. All of us as voters get caught up in the political fight, we bash democrats, we bash republicans. The media encourages us to take pot shots at the other side. Instead of antagonizing each other, truly spend some time "DOING" something to help make our country better. I personally dislike having to pick from the narrow pool of candidates at voting time. Its been years since I felt a candidate was qualified as well as a moral and just leader. When we have such a candidate I'll be so ecstatic.