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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.”

Though evangelical women have long been involved in political activism, including helping to lead the temperance movement and campaigning for and against women's right to vote, seeking the White House is a more recent and dramatic step.

“It’s a trend that was started by Sarah Palin,” Griffith said, referring to the former Alaska governor, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008.

D. Michael Lindsay, a scholar who has studied evangelical leaders, says that evangelical feminism largely followed the trend in secular feminism, even if it was delayed by a decade or so.

“Evangelicals are not traditionally the innovators in gender roles, so they’re not going to be at the vanguard,” says Lindsay, who was recently appointed president at Gordon College and who wrote the book Faith in the Halls of Power. “But they also don’t trail too far behind.”

Lindsay says that evangelical feminism took off in the 1980s, pointing to Ronald Reagan tapping Elizabeth Dole, a Christian with strong connections in the evangelical world, to be his secretary of transportation as one example.

George W. Bush, meanwhile, appointed evangelical women to top roles in his presidential administration, including Karen Hughes as a top adviser and Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.

At the same time, there are distinctions between evangelical and secular feminism. Many female evangelical leaders, for instance, talk of being called by God to pursue professional careers.

“This idea of women being out in the world when they’re doing God’s work – that’s the key,” says Griffith, who is author of God's Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission. “You have to be called.”

Bachmann, an evangelical Lutheran, has talked of being called to run for president.

“When I pray, I pray believing that God will speak to me and give me an answer to that prayer, and so that’s what a calling is,” she told CBS News on Sunday, explaining that she had prayed about her decision to seek the presidency. “If I pray, a calling means that I have a sense from God which direction I’m supposed to go.”

Another difference between some evangelical and secular feminists is a public emphasis on motherhood. Bachmann’s political identity is constructed largely around her role as a mother of five kids and her experience of taking in 23 foster children.

Palin, who was raised in the Pentecostal tradition, has also emphasized her role as mother, frequently discussing her children and famously using the term “mama grizzlies” to describe female political candidates for whom she campaigns.

Lindsay says that the motherhood angle could be refreshing to evangelical voters, who constitute a majority of the Republican electorate in early states like Iowa and South Carolina.

“A lot of male evangelical politicians have trumpeted family values, but we’ve seen time after time how many break their marriage vows and have tense relationships with their kids,” he says.

“When you’re the mother of four or five kids up there talking about how their commitment to politics stems from your commitment to kids, which is true for both Palin and Bachmann, that resonates with people who are skeptical of American politics.”

The emphasis that some women evangelical leaders place on motherhood appears to be connected to women taking on more prominent roles in the antiabortion movement, which is closely tied to the evangelical subculture.

“There were a lot of women who were representing the old guard abortion center feminism and there were very few pro-life women who were credentialed in state legislatures and running at the federal level,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List, describing the organization’s founding 20 years ago.

Dannenfelser’s group works to elect women candidates who oppose abortion rights, raising roughly $11 million in the 2010 election cycle.

“The constant line from Jane Fonda and Barbara Boxer on abortion was ‘You can’t possibly know how a woman feels - how dare you speak on an issue you have no knowledge of,'” says Dannenfelser, referring to the pro-abortion rights actress and U.S. senator.

“Now we have women communicating the truth of the matter, which is that abortion is really destroying a lot of women,” she says.

Though Bachmann is widely considered to be a long shot for the GOP nomination, a weekend poll from The Des Moines Register had her running second only to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among likely Republican caucus-goers, with 22% support.

Even as more evangelical women pursue top jobs in politics, there is little sign that they will be invited into similar roles in evangelical churches, which continue to be led by men, with some exceptions. Some evangelical denominations, including Southern Baptists, have recently moved to put more restrictions on women serving as pastors.

“It seems to me that most evangelical congregations make a sharp divide between the sacred and secular realms,” says Lindsay, “so that church is the last context where you’ll see women in ordained roles.”

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  1. JackTaraz

    I was interest in her candidacy until recently. I want NO part of a religious candidate. Eight years of a Born Again, converted drunk.drug addict, Bush, jr. was MORE than enough for me. Three drug rehabs, then found GOD. No thanks. I don't want another nightmare like that with the Nuclear Launch Codes!!!! YIKES!!! "God made me launch them!"

    Her attack on the Gays drove me away. Romney's version of ObamaCare drove me off him. It's like the GOP actually WANT to lose!!! A Pet Rock could run against Obama and win. He is a Socialist and wants to drown us in debt and Muslim religion. Yet, the GOP cannot find anyone to run against him? What's Up with That?

    June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Sorry Jack. Everyone has a belief system even if it denies God. Global Warming. Big Bang. Ex nihilo. Stalin, Hitler and Pot Pol had atheism.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Sorry Jack. Everyone has a world view of how we got here, why there is evil in the world, etc. Atheism had its adherents- Hitler, Stalin, Pot Pol. I will take a Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu anytime.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • ohmygod50

      The B ible is a piece of fiction. Someone needs to tell this wacko that it was written to control people and their property, and to suppress women..........religion is a joke......it is all make-believe......

      June 28, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Willis

      Don't worry, if Obama wins again then he will surely finish uniting the world into one being, void of religious differences. Muslims will finally feel welcome (even though there are billions now lol). Also, Christians will feel welcome by the Obama regime. George Soros will spend money defending America's founding religious leanings (even though he's an atheist). Our wealth will be more evenly distributed, that way EVERYone will be more happy ! It's that simple!! Government will play more of the role it deserves in your lives, because you're too dumb to decide liberties for yourselves! Liberals are united for this cause lol. The media will continue to be unbiased in it's treatment of candidates on both sides of the political spectrum. Lollzzz What a country!!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • Doug Soy

      All black people are idiots! Wait, that's rather bigoted, sort of like saying universally bad things about religion. Sorry.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • Willis

      It is said here repeatedly that the bible is a piece of fiction. Where then, is the same enthusiasm in describing the koran, or any other religious literature, as a piece of fiction? Why focus on the bible ? Think about the answer why. On why a segment of America would focus on bashing its own predominant religions. Did Christians do anything to, even verbally, attack any people en mass? Why the focus? Any answers? Besides the fact that a candidate happens to embrace this sort of religion, any intelligent, deeper answers as to bash the bible given millions of your fellow Americans embrace it?

      June 28, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  2. A

    I am bothered because of the "evangelical/religious feminism." Because frankly, BE A FEMINIST! BE A LEADER! but do we have to constantly make these groups? Next it will be "I have diarrhea feminism" and "I like cake feminism."
    That, and this world and the US doesn't need people like her or apart of her group. Not that religion is bad, but NOT HER! NO!!!!!! She brings hatred and leaders like her need to get out of town.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  3. adam

    It's funny how ignorant people are who argue against religion from the standpoint that religion is a faith based worldview and something like science should be what people put stock in because science deals with what can be proven, not simply believed. The ignorance is rooted in their shortcomings philosophically. They fail to recognize that faith is a part of ALL worldviews. For instance, we cannot prove in a test tube that the external world is real. So therefore all scientific proofs are actually rooted in a faith that the physical world actually exists and isn't simply a figment of our imaginations somehow. Even if you are an atheist you still have to rely on faith under the same reasoning.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • A

      I agree with your viewpoints.....However, I think people argue against "religion" in the Michele Bachmann sense. I know I do. Her religion is absolutely messed up and absolutely pathetic....Well, how she looks at it at least. So in that sense, people are against it. And that's the thing. It's all determined by how you look at it. So many people can look at it in so many different ways. It's just that when it comes to people like Michele, it really gets messed up.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • ohmygod50

      Your rambling is hilarious.......can diabetes be cured via religion? Can you prove that humans existed way before the time of your Christ.......yep.......go figure........science rules, and YOU LOSE. You are insane!!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • adam

      OhMy,

      It's nice to see you've come up with absolutely zero arguments against my reason and logic. As a theist, yes, I believe God alone can cure diabetes. But your argument is essentially that since we can know certain things like how to cure a disease, or since we can use certain knowledge for good, that somehow means God doesn't exist. I find that completely and utterly illogical. I would actually argue that since there is evidence supporting the existence of things like objective good/bad and right/wrong, that is acutally an argument FOR God's existence. Us coming to a realization of things (like learning how to cure cancer and recognizing that is a good thing), isn't evidence against God's existence.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Willis

      Solid point Adam. unfortunately replies to it such as that by "A" are indicative of the intolerance amongst liberals, intolerance to those with whom they disagree. "A" basically said he or she got your point, but that it is ridiculous because Michelle Bachmann is messed up because she looks at her religion the way she does. Lol! Liberals keep up the child-like response to a grownup segment of your country who recognize when it's being destroyed from within.

      June 28, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • adam

      Much appreciated, Willis!

      June 28, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  4. franstie

    feminist, whatever. she just need to wake up. Realize That enlightenment happen from looking within, not from looking to the external or to scripture.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Hitler rejected Christianity and looked in. He found something very bad.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  5. Ricke1949

    When the President visited Westminster Abbey this year, he signed in and used the date 2008. Sorry Barack wrong year.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  6. roscoe

    Michele Bachman is a woman? I thought Glenn Beck had changed his name....

    June 28, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • mnguest

      like-wish it was easier to "like" on here

      June 28, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      is your last name coltrane? Do you sleep with animals? Does the bleating of a sheep arouse you? Do you walk around with a choker ball in your mouth?

      June 28, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • ohmygod50

      Perfect comment........she is dumb and scary......America needs her like it needs a nuclear accident. She has no concept of separation of Church and State.......she is a moron.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Willis

      To straight guys she sure is. A decent looking one too. Even gay guys would say so (assuming they were shown photos and happened to have no knowledge of her party leanings of course. We know the reality of bias here). Also, this Michelle is more asthetically pleasing than the first lady by the same name. A blind test would prove that fo sho!!! Yet liberals being the haters who hate when they feel threatened by real leadership, they will make a joke that suggests Bachmann looks like glen Beck. Lol!!!! It's still funny!!!!! It's funny because it's so predictable!!!!! Who does the other Michelle I mention look like? Can you play fair with your trite joke!? I like those types of jokes they're funny! 'cause they're liberal-predictable!!

      June 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  7. EducatedWoman

    What's the difference between a secular feminist and an evangelical feminist? The secular feminist knows how to use birth control. She also doesn't let the ability to give birth control her.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Pinewalker

      Obviously not or the secular one wouldn't need abortion. Oops I did it again!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Don't you Bother to Think?

      Oh yeah? Really? Well, here is the reality of who is getting those abortions:

      "Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as 'Born-again/Evangelical'."

      June 28, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • ohmygod50

      So true. She has her head in the Bible, which is a complete piece of fiction. Made up to control property, (which included women), and money. End of story. The Bible is nonsense, and so is religion.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Pinewalker

      Probably mirrors the US population demographic.. They asked the difference between a secular & evangelical feminist and suggested that only one knew how to use birth control...yet the secular one seems to need abortion . I know people who label themselves Jewish but yet are Atheist. ...it's just a box to check, nothing more...I wouldn't call it a smoking gun

      June 28, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Sylvevl

      Yeah, and 97% of all statistics are totally made up.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  8. LOL NO

    Oh, yeah, my point . . . Michele Bachmann is not smart enough to lead the country.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • mnguest

      she is not smart enough to train my dog (if I had one)

      June 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Please see my comment below. Michelle Bachman unlike Hillary and Michelle Obama passed the law boards the first time.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      Does your husband have to watch hours of p o r n so he can get semi-hard and almost have s e x with you? Or does he just rub one off in the shower and hope you fall asleep? Does he vomit just a little in his mouth when you get undressed? Does he dry heave when you walk in the door? Does he drink himself silly every night, so he can get through the night? I bet he does.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • mnguest

      ok now I know mooseknucle is twisted/sick

      June 28, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  9. SS

    is religious conservatism a cult? Are women meant to just stay home and raise families? I could boldly guess christian conservative women are definitely a little better off than Muslim conservative women.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • mnguest

      if given the choice to to vote for a Muslim over Michele Bachmann, I would choose the Muslim......

      June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Pinewalker

      I'm a Christoan Conservative woman Executive and I was never told or even suggested to that I couldn't be anything I wanted to be growing up in church.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  10. steve adams

    CNN will attack any republican! CNN is already calling her a feminist lol!
    CNN is so bias and unprofessional news broadcasters!
    i can guarantee this post will be deleted by cnn

    June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Don't you Bother to Think?

      Hey brainiac, the word "feminist" is only derogatory to a right winger, not a leftist. It's a compliment in the eyes of a liberal.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • George Guadiane Austerlitz, NY

      Your post stands, as a tribute to YOUR bias, prejudice and ignorance.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • markus

      didyou actually READ the article? It's actually somewhat flattering.

      she came across as somewhat less radical and "fringe" than she's portrayed herself as. That's a feat.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • asrael

      Still there, Steve?...

      June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • ohmygod50

      I think you meant to write 'biased', and not 'bias', yikes. Another tea b agger, with a 6th grade education........

      June 28, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  11. akduck1

    Why not another Philistine? Afterall, we elected GW, twice!!!.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • JackTaraz

      NO, maybe YOU elected him. I never did. And, to correct your assertion, He STOLE the first election. His Brother helped him, in FLorida, if you can remember. Ruined his Brother's chance of EVER become President. Yet, made Georgie, jr. President.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  12. JB

    Evangelicals are dangerous and must be stopped.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • ohmygod50

      So true. They are evil. What they and the Morons (M ormons) are doing in Africa..........it makes me ashamed to be white.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  13. LOL NO

    This is absurd. Hillary Clinton is a brilliant, well educated individual. She went to YALE LAW SCHOOL. Michele Bachmann went to COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY LAW SCHOOL. You cannot compare the two schools. The thought of doing so literally makes me LOL. You cannot compare the two women. Hillary is an American Icon. Michele is a nobody.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Hey she went to a big name school just like Michelle Obama. Both flunked their law boards the first time around. Michelle Bachman passed hers the FIRST time. Just an interesting fact.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Pinewalker

      But yet that small insignificant school you scoff at prepared her to pass the bar on her first try & took Ms. Yale twice. Abraham Lincoln passed by self taught reading. Maybe Hil's patents should have asked for a partial refund ?

      June 28, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • LOL NO

      Haha, she passed it the first time because crappy schools like William and Mary focus on BAR prep, give classes and credit for it. Real law schools do not, they focus on the more important objective of training the individual to think like a lawyer, not mindless exam prep. It is up to the individual at real law schools to cram for the BAR in a short period of time, on their own time, while juggling the demands of class or your new job. You would know this if you went to law school.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Jake Falvey

      The bar exam is different in every state......my wife is a lawyer and passed the bar in Ca and in Ma.....As you obv dont know the minnesota bar exam is ranked 47 out of 50 states with 1 being the hardest....Ca is ranked 2 and Ma ranked 4......Read a lil before you try and drop knowledge on us you clown!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • LOL NO

      haha, also, my bad, she didn't go to William and Mary for her JD, but Oral Roberts?? Never heard of it. Her LLM is form William and Mary, much more respectable, but not Yale.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Doug Soy

      William & Mary is a lousy school now? Anyone who thinks this is really, really, really stupid.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • ohmygod50

      You are obviously a smart woman!!!! I love your comment as it is so accurate. Hilary should run again. Obama lied. What a bummer.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  14. summer in the sun

    with Bill Clinton the liberals said they didn't care about the man behind the presidency, just that he did a good job. Why stop there, how about a president of our country who actually respects him/herself AND does a good job? or is that too lofty a goal for the democrats?

    June 28, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Doug

      Are you really serious here ? Shall I name the names ? Wow... you republicans are so deceptive... for real !

      June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Doug Soy

      Wait – he did a good job?

      June 28, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  15. Kevin

    Christianity isn't a religion. It is a lifestyle that involves a relationship with Jesus Christ. I am glad we have righteous candidates stepping up the plate. If you don't have Jesus Christ in your life, you have no point in living. What are you living for? You die and then what?

    June 28, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Doug

      Really... So let me get this straight... If I don't believe in an invisible man in the sky who walks on water, makes wine out of water, ohhh the list goes on... Really .... How lame are you ? Your comments are disgusting... Do you have any jewish friends ? muslim friends ? NO.... you are totally tied up in your cult like lifestyle and you don't even know when your comments hurt others... Get a grip loser !!!! Your God is a fraud !

      June 28, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Jake Falvey

      Are you serious kid.....This woman speaks of issues that she has no idea about.....World history, American history, Science, seriously and you want her running my country and my military that I have been serving in for over 11 years now......I will put in my retirement papers asap if she gets voted in........WHAT A JOKE THIS WOMAN IS!!!!!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • dual

      Exactly what we need! The christian version of Sheriah law.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • CdnJim

      What a bunch of gobeldy-goop. Not a very intelligent post.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Dearypie

      Dual I couldn't have said it better myself. He's comment is not only insulting to people of other faiths and those without faith but to those that people in Jesus.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • Doug Soy

      Did you actually spell that "Sheriah law"??? And some other moron used the nonexistent term "gobeldy-goop." Wow. My countrymen are imbeciles.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • ohmygod50

      So, as an Irish woman, a Catholic......you are telling me that Christianity is 'good,' and that you can't live without it??? The priests are still raping the young. Are you kidding??? How many families have been ruined by the Catholic 'church.? What a farce. It is all about money and property and control.............read some real books and forget about the B ible.........what a piece of complete fiction..........laughable.......

      June 28, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • JackTaraz

      Kevin,
      If that is true, why not off yourself and get to the next stage? Whether 100 V I R G I N S or whatever U believe in, it's ALL hocus pocus.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  16. Ricke1949

    Hey CNN. Why did you file an article on Michelle Bachman under Sarah Palin?

    June 28, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Doug

      Because they are the same.. This is another right wing nut job who want's to take this country back to the horse and buggy days... Can't we just have a president that is for the people...

      June 28, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Hey Doug, You have so much hate to keep calling her names. So sad

      June 28, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Doug

      Waaaa.... and you think this woman doesn't call names.. grow up there fella!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  17. Art

    Please, elect Bachmann as your republican nominee for the 2012 election. If there was ever anyone to speak on the Republicans Party's behalf and represent the huge group of idiots, and obviously the extremely wealthy and manipulative, it is Michelle Bachmann.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Willis

      Your comment is on point but if only you replace Michelle Bachmann's name with Obama's. The idiots and moral defects are muuuch more concentrated in the current President's party. But it's ok, we understand you will blindly play to the spin that your media mother and father feeds to your lumpy liberal brain. It's hilarious to see how liberals can seriously label Bachmann an "idiot". What? Huh? Can anyone elaborate as to exactly what she has ever said to alarm you to question her leadership abilities, anything at all that we cannot then find equivalent gaffes for (actually worse gaffes) when compared with verbal blunders of the current Prez and his incompetent hangers-on? Lol. El oh el!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Observer

      It's easy to see her lack of intelligence. Here's what the anti-abortionist said:

      “Under no certain (conditions) I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions”
      – Michele Bachmann, 08/18/09

      June 28, 2011 at 12:53 am |
  18. captaincanuck

    keep going right America....you'll find you're spinning in circles......vote another wingnut in like this at your own INSANE peril....

    June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Willis

      I can't stop laughing!!! The mess in the White House now? Is what? What's going on in America now? How has the economy progressed in 3 years since office has been taken? Lol. Keep mocking Michelle Bachmann and any of the other patriotic candidates that may emerge. It will ultimately create even more fuel. You surely will as that's all you have. You can't speak to the progress of the current chief, so we know your only attempt will be fear mongering, race card playing, and religion bashing (lol lefties love that! It makes them sound as desperate as the child-minds they are). It's also funny when lefties raise Muslims onto a pillar to illustrate them as a nice normal culture. We know you do this ONLY in order to emphasize your boredom with Christianity and any evangelical sensibilities, as they are associated with conservatives. Otherwise you couldn't care less of Muslims and their "plights". And the list goes on..!! Lolzzzz!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  19. Telveer

    If a presidential candidate (or any elected candidate, for that matter) even brings a whiff of religion into politics, they will not get my vote. Our forefathers made it VERY clear that religion and state do not mix. We can see many countries that tried to mix the two and turned into failed states.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Ricke1949

      Look at George Washington's first inaugural speech. Using your criteria you would not grant him a second term !!!

      June 28, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Observer

      Ricke1949,

      The Preamble lists all the purposes in creating the Law of the Land. There is absolutely no mention of God, Christians, Jesus, or any religion.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Observer

      George Washington's first inaugural speech was the one that rightwinger Glenn Beck totally lied about holding in his hands making a joke of the name he gave his rally "Restoring Honor". LOL.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Dearypie

      Well said. Don't people understand the NEED to keep religion and government separate. It is a lot easier for someone to argue a man made law (i.e. abolishing slavery) than it is to argue against a religious one (i.e. Christianity condoned slavery).

      June 28, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  20. Dan

    Why does the American public CONSTANTLY vote for IDIOTS. Michele is one of the few decent people (as well as Ron Paul) that understands the problems we face and has the guts to do and say what's right. NOPE... people want to vote in a Muslim Lover/Country Wrecker/War Monger or a Rich GUY or a Ditzbag from Alaska or some old career-fart politician like Newt'. WAKE UP AMERIKA!! Your country is SINKING!

    June 28, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • The Dreary Reality of America

      Because most of the country are idiots, and vote for their own kind.

      Remember, 60% of Americans believed that Iraq was directly involved in the 9/11 conspiracy, and another 60% believed that there were Iraqis amongst the hijackers, despite a lot of very public information to the contrary, especially from the CIA.

      So basically, 60% of Americans are too stupid to bother knowing what's going, even when it means going to war and having their sons get killed.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Dearypie

      Dan I think you need a reality check as well as a fact check if you think there is anything but prejudice views at the heart of any of Michelle's motives or actions. She was against helping students get to college (high Ed Finance Bill), opposed lawsuits against corporation, and proposed increased domestic oil and natural gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to name just a few of her slanted views towards the rich while working against the vulnerable people of our society. I don't know how this represents Christian values. If I were to give her any type of representation in Christianity, she most likely could be most closely compared to Lucifer. Decent wouldn't be an adjective I would use to describe her.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:48 am |
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