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Your take: Michele Bachmann officially leaves her church
July 18th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

Your take: Michele Bachmann officially leaves her church

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) – On Friday we posted on Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus formally withdrawing their membership from their longtime Lutheran church in Minnesota just days before the congresswoman officially announced her candidacy for president.

The story had lots of people talking, with 2,500 comments and counting.

Many commenters posed a basic question: Why'd the Bachmann's leave their church?

I asked the Congresswoman that question after running into her at Washington's Reagan airport but didn't get very far.

A spokeswoman later told me that the Bachmanns had stopped attending the Minnesota church two years ago and are attending a nondenominational church in the state as their schedules permit.

Many commentators picked up on the connection between then presidential candidate Obama and his former pastor: FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Michele Bachmann • Politics

Amid Bachmann controversy, many Christians cool to conversion therapy for gays
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus, who says his counseling business uses conversion therapy for clients who request it.
July 18th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Amid Bachmann controversy, many Christians cool to conversion therapy for gays

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – When presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, addressed accusations that his Christian counseling business encourages homosexual clients to try to change their sexual orientation, he appeared to play down the role of so-called conversion therapy at his clinics.

"Is it a remedy form that I typically would use?” Bachmann told Minnesota’s Star Tribune newspaper. “It is at the client's discretion.

"We don't have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone," Bachmann said, noting that such therapy was not a focus of his two clinics.

Michele Bachmann officially quits her church

Bachmann’s seeming ambivalence about conversion therapy - sometimes called reparative therapy - after a week’s worth of news stories that raised questions about whether his clinics promote the practice may illustrate a broader trend in the conservative Christian subculture.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Evangelical • Homosexuality • Michele Bachmann • Politics • Uncategorized

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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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