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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. jazmin

    Michelle Bachmann would make a great president. She walks the walk and talks the talk. No slight of hand, no smoke and mirrors, no faux credentials, no straddling the fence and castrading herself (definitely not!), no deferment of decision making, no pitting Americans against each other. She is exactly what the country needs right now. We are all exhausted from this great depression.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • American1619

      I would prefer someone who has a little faith in both God and science.

      The earth is not merely 6000 years old.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • William Demuth

      I got something for her to straddle

      June 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • bachmanntwit

      jazmin, you're a phucking idiot.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Linda

      She is anti-women, anti- old people, anti-gay, anti-worker, anti- science and people think she is qualified to run the most pwoerful nation in the world? PLEASE! She is too stupid to even understand American history!

      June 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  2. Rev. Rick

    Quoting the article: "Some evangelical denominations, including Southern Baptists, have recently moved to put more restrictions on women serving as pastors." Put MORE restrictions? Jeeezzzzus. What is wrong with these troglodytes? The double standard is alive and well.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  3. N

    Vigla,

    The key word here is "prior". Obama had no executive experience prior to being elected. His 2.5 years as our commander-in-chief have been nothing short of a complete failure. What happened to his diplomatic tone of "sitting down across the table" with our adversaries. He's learned the hard way that there are some dictators that cannot be reasoned with, primarily because he lacked that experience. He has propogated 2 wars that he inherited and is now starting a third in Libya. We are in economic ruins with no obvious indicators of recovery. The bottom line is that you yourself will never be convinced that he is nothing short of spectacular, regardless of his governing ability. You are dogmatic and unreceptive to any other point of view outside of your own. You sad, ignorant fool.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      I don't think he's done a perfect job, but so far Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are not running the government anymore and Osama bin Laden is dead; that's a complete opposite from when Curious George was cutting all that brush for us. Really, your complaint is that Obama hasn't recovered fast enough from the Cheney/Bush administration, and that some of the people who voted for him are still enthusiastic?

      June 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • American1619

      "His 2.5 years as our commander-in-chief have been nothing short of a complete failure"

      This is a lie.

      A complete fabrication.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ Bible Clown – I'll drink to that! These deluded souls who expect Mr. Obama to cleanup in 3 years what it took George Bush and that war criminal Dick Cheney 8 years to make a mess of. I'm not a big fan of Obama, but he is at least not another George Bush clone.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Gayle

      I agree with American 1619. Most of what Obama is purported to have accomplished as commander and chief is a complete fabrication.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Linda

      Barack Obama is one of the most intelligent presidents we have ever had! All he has done is try to bring the Republicans into his decision making but all they care about- instead of our great nation- is defeating him. And the Tea party/ They are just a bunch of racist opportunists who took the Koch brothers money no matter what the cost the the people of america

      June 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  4. Bing

    Does Bachmann believe God has asked her to run for the President by answering her prayer? Did she ask God about how many people God has picked to run? I want a person who exercises rationality and reason to lead the country, not someone who uses God to justify every decision she/he make. George W. Bush must believe God has told him to misinform us about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, to discount the killed Iraqi civilians as inconsequential collateral damage and to have us suffer from the consequence of 2008 financial meltdown. I don't want to have a re-run of G. W. Bush regardless what God has said or will say,

    June 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      God told me to post this, but he wasn't clear as to what I should say.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Vic

      I really don't think you should base your voting decision on CNN, FOX, etc. These media outlets are owned by corporations having their own political agenda and will give negative exposure to politicians offering a perspective different than theirs. They like to use religion and race to distract and divide us. Do your own research on Michelle Bachman. Do not rely on the opinions at CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. Personally, I don't know how a Tax attorney can be an "evangelical feminine" promoting "gender roles." The most important issue we all need to focus on is our $14 trillion dollar debt, which Michelle wants to deal with aggressively. Forget religion and race for now folks! Our immediate attention should be given to our debt and the likelihood of US government bankruptcy, which is very likely if we keep borrowing at our current pace.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • jazmin

      Bing, prayer is used as is meditation to affirm our true heart and assist in personal direction. The practice is as old as mankind. It is not something new or mysterious

      June 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • CM

      I'm sorry, but I would rather have a President who bases their decisions on logic, reasoning, and common sense. Right wing nuts always talk about morals, but what about common sense? They think that everyone should follow what they consider is moral. Who made them the moral authority over everyone else? They are as oppressive as they are stupid!

      June 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  5. Colin

    If you believe that a sky-god invented in a Palestinian slum during the late Bronze Age reads your mind (or "hears your prayers" to the extent you see a difference) you are a superst,itious moron.

    If you believe the entire Universe and it's billions of galaxies were made by the aforementioned sky-god for humans about 6,000 years ago, complete with a talking snake, you are a superst.itious moron.

    If you believe that the aforementioned sky-god impregnated a virgin with himself to give birth to himself, to sacrifice himself to himself to negate an original sin that never happened, you are a superst.itious moron.

    If you wish to get elected President of the United States and implement important soclia and international policies based on the foregoing, you are a dangerous, delusional, flapping imbecile, and should (hopefully) not make it past the first step.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • GOP hypocrisy

      Amen!

      June 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Bus2

      I couldn't have said it better myself!

      June 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Obama believes that we are insulting God with our space program and shooting rockets at His butt.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Robert

      No Christian believes in a "sky god". Maybe you should learn what you hate before you spout off about it.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Colin

      Robert, the Chrisitan god "lives in heaven" according to oyur silly nonsense. Heaven was first thought to be in the sky. Hence, even today the night sky is often referred to as "the heavens." Indeed, the Spanish word for "Heaven" is still "cielo" which is also the Spanish word for sky.

      It was only when scientists showed your "heaven" to be only a few miles thick and 80% nitrogen that your sky-god had to reatreat to "another dimension". Yes, it is a sky-god, every bit as hokey and simplistic as Zeus and Apollo, it is just a little more nebulous nowadays, as astronomers and cosmologists have pushed it into the rhelm of an obscure, vaporous mind-fairy.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  6. gaucho420

    More like the face of idiocy.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  7. herb kohl

    What we need, is a Muslim/Gay/Latino/Transgendered Candidate...
    the perfect democrat, or...
    maybe Joe biden would be willing to play and dress up like a
    muslim gay latino transgendered democrat,
    or as we call them in america, a liberal....

    June 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Tim

      Naw, what we really need is less Herb Kohl's in the world.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • John Wayne Gacy

      Wouldn't 'herb kohl' mean Flower of Cabbage in German? Man, did your mom hate you or something? Did you have to dress up as a cabbage at Halloween? I bet people think you are trans-gendered.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Steve

      Herb, in short. Any of the mentioned would be light years ahead of and better than a closed-minded, god fearing ultra conservative right wing nut with nary a brain cell to try and see things outside their small box of a story book world.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • CM

      You forgot to include women, minorities, and anyone with a rational mind in the democrat pool.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  8. tom

    new comment – Ted M – do you insult people to their faces or are you just a p*s sy that does it on the internet?

    She got all her degrees before she had any foster children. Her foster children all had special needs. Regardless of her politics she did a good thing. What have you done for anyone? Not much if i can believe what your mother said last night. By the way, I would like to see her again, do you have change for a quarter?

    June 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  9. jkress

    Hey Bible lovers – Do you realize that The New Testament was written 40 to 60 years after Jesus' death then altered by Emperor Constantine and later The Catholic Church as they saw fit? It's been translated from ancient Hebrew, to Latin, to Old English to what you're left with today. Hardly a first hand account of the life of Jesus or anything else.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Colin

      One change, it was originally Greek.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • GOP hypocrisy

      Obama's fault!

      June 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • R U Serious???

      The truth is that it was written before the close of the first century by those who either knew Christ personally, had encountered him, or were under the direction of those who were His disciples. This was considered eye witness testimony and is further supported by other historical writings. The question of its validity was also reinforced by the findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls. For those that play the "It's been translated" card, the argument becomes mute.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  10. Timbo

    How about we stop mentioning religion in politics!

    June 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      As soon as we stop mentioning all the special interest and personal interest groups in politics.

      Or do you just want to silence those of Faith groups and give everyone else a free pass.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • APeasant

      Actually that would be a fantastic idea. People of Faith should spend more time enjoying their beliefs than looking to push their views on others. Saying this as a person of Faith, political decisions based off religious doctrine is not good for society. Ever.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Rennes

      Religion is a belief and special interest groups deal with people, I say that trumps faith.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • iminim

      Religious beliefs will influence the politics of anyone who has strong faith, just as the beliefs & experiences of the nonreligious affect their political philosophy. The problems come when a religious group allies itself with a political party in a quest for power instead of critically evaluating the values of each candidate & the merits of each issue individually. Quiet, individual acts of faith strengthen our communities and make life better for believers & nonbelievers alike . However, some of the most heinous events in written history are the result of the union of religion & political power (the Inquisition & Crusades, for example.) As a Christian, I always cringe when I hear politicians use their faith as a selling point for in their campaigns. Generally it means they are less open to discussion or compromise and more likely to try to push their agenda down others' throats in the name of God. I also disapprove of the way such politicians assume they know God's will better than anyone who disagrees with them. Some even spew out their own opinions as if they were Christian doctrine. Do I think a Christian could be a good president? Yes, some of our best Presidents happened to be Christian. But some of our worst Presidents were the ones who touted their "Christianity" the most publically then acted in distinct amoral ways.

      June 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  11. Dan

    Some of you are so lame in your accusations. You'll say anything to try to demonize this woman. Who cares? She probably wouldn't win the presidency anyway, and even if she does, there are checks and balances in our government that would keep her from "forcing you to be a Christian" or from practicing "Christian 'sharia law'" (no such thing).

    June 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Dan

      Wow, you're just like those idiots back in the sixties who were terrified that the pope would rule over Washington if Kennedy were elected - and those people were mostly Evangelicals! So, guess who you're scting like! LOL.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Yes, and those checks and balances have stopped things like the Patriot Act.....

      June 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Anton Konnoff

      Aside from running up the debt what is soo great about 'BO' the community 'organizer'.

      There are many 'hateful' comments on here for Bachmann being a christian and woman. Extremist tend to post. The bible is a dated book written by humans. Humans did not make the planetS, suns and stars to sum no matter how much 'hatred' you show toward her as a woman and christian running for office. A woman should have a turn. Constantine outlawed the persecution of Christians long ago. If god came down and said obey life wouldn't be much of a test for the afterlife. Where is your proof there is no god.
      Romney would make a good president and Bacmann can be the first woman VP.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Anton Konnoff

      You do know Constantine poisoned his son, and had his wife cooked in her bathtub?

      You SURE you want to use his rules in your argument?

      June 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • James

      Actually, this was the original meaning of separation of church and state (as written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists). It was to keep government from forcing a certain religion on us. As Americans we are free to worship whomever we please without the government interfering, unlike other countries in the Middle East who must worship by law not personal conviction.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  12. The Buddha

    There is no enlightenment outside yourself. If you must look to a book for life's answers then you have failed already.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Dan

      Buddha was a con artist. That Flower Sermon scam he had going with Mahakapsia was a joke. Pretending to get messages from Buddha's head.

      Oh and what about the Guru Rinpoche who was born from a lotus? Yes, you Buddhists have it all together don't you?

      June 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Rich F

    Bachmann is just another self-promoter that provides sound bites for Fox News that Republican conservatives love ... I'm still waiting for her to provide some thoughtful ideas about how she would approach solving some of the country's most pressing challenges. To date, she has failed to demonstrate any intellectual depth or ability to compromise with those that don't agree with her views. She's no Christian feminist ... she's just another ideologue. If Republicans want to win, they'd be wise to nominate Huntsman or Romney (unlikely that Christian conservatives that dominate the primaries will nominate a Mormon). Obama would crush Bachmann.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yep, the same Obama that just signed to extend Bush era items after Bush era items.

      Then says that ATMs are the cause of our unemployment problem. .... good grief

      June 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  14. tuffgong71

    Do you want someone who thinks Jesus is going to come back in her lifetime (the majority of Christians believe this), judge us all, and end the world should be in charge of our future and the country's resources. Even bible-thumpers have to have an open mind, I mean couldn't we hedge our bets? What if they are wrong? Shouldn't politicians be planning for the country's next 100 years instead of looking to the sky waiting for the rapture?

    June 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • GOP hypocrisy

      Jesus for Prez! Jesus/Bachmann 2012!

      June 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Tom L.

      Since President Obama is a Christian, doesn't he believe in this, as well?

      June 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • John Wayne Gacy

      Obama's a fundie, too.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  15. Al

    1 Timothy 2:11-15:
    Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      YAY, draconian Jesus stuff! But, if Adam was not deceived, why did he eat the friggin apple? Perhaps he was purely defiant. Or, perhaps the bible is simply a joke.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Jack, Milton says Adam ate so that God couldn't just kill Eve and make another rib-woman; in other words, without the knowledge of good and evil he still stood up for his wife, right or wrong, against God and shared her punishment.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      So the all powerful being was outsmarted by an uneducated man. That does not say much for God.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • CM

      The Great Deceitful Lie!

      June 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  16. Marie Kidman

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=360]
    #.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      While a picture is worth a thousand words, yours do not load on most computers. Therefore, your pictures are worth 0 words.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  17. Tom L.

    This is priceless. So now liberals are telling Christians about how Christianity works and its values system. They really seem to know so much about evangelicals yet they have never personally been to one of their churches or spoken to any one of them yet they know all about them.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Yes, I have spoken to them. And they want to speak to you as well, about the word of Our Lord Jesus Christ; American, and the spirit of John Wayne.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • GOP hypocrisy

      Seen plenty on TV, running for Prez. Good enough for me.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Tom

      I lie to them, get them drunk, use them, and then tell them I am Satan

      Makes em want me even more.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Tom L.

      Typical ignorance. Not willing to listen and learn about the candidate. I suppose you're okay with the 57 states, the fact that he didn't know the difference between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day and the fact that he blamed our unemployment on ATM machines that President Obama has stated.

      Contrary to your view, if you are religious you are not ignorant.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • tuffgong71

      Actually Tom, it is not luicris at all. The majority of athiests/agnostics know far more about Christianity and the Bible than Christians do. We heard the preacher but we didn't stop there. We read the book and asked the questions. We have open, inquisitive minds and a deep fasination with learning how the universe works and what our part is in it. It is a known fact stated by this very website. They gave a biblical quiz about the contents and history of the book and agnostics/atheists scored much higher than Christians. This is not the only study that has proven this. Sorry, look it up.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Tom L.

      toffgong,
      I don't want to call you intellectually dishonest, however, why is there not the same level of scrutiny and disdain for other religions? Why is there not the same concern for women in Islam? The left is so transparent it's disgusting. Your hatred for Christianity trumps all and makes your assessments completely biased and unreasonable.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Tom L.

      William,

      I never tried that move. Maybe I should. Sounds like it could lead to success.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Kanelle

      Geez you make it sound like Liberals and Christians are two diffrent things. The two positions can exist in the same person you know. I am a christian and I believe in most liberal issues.

      I believe in not involving my religious beliefs in government. Religion should not be put into an arena where people seek to twist others words to fit their point of view. Government purpose is to change with times in order to maintain order. Religion should be the reason behind voting for certain Laws not the law itself.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Laughing

      @ Tom,

      It's pretty simple why a lot of the hate of religion heads towards christians, because usually its the christians who are the ones in equal numbers defending their beliefs and sending atheists/agnostics to eternal flame. As a jew originally I have a lot of choice words for jews (as well as other religions too) but when a Christian points at Bachman or the guy who said the rapture was coming and says "They're crazy! they're not real christians they don't believe in the same thing we do" It's atheists who like to point out that they represent the christian community for better and for worse and they're not a whole lot more different than any other christians.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Kanelle, ssssh! You'll ruin their scam. They've been trying to convince old crazy people who can still vote that 'liberal' and 'Christian' are as different as 'cat' and 'dog" since Newt Gingrich was relevant.

      June 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  18. Melody

    Anybody who think she's fit to be president DESERVES what they get if people are stupid enough to elect her. The USA does NOT need a RIGHT WING THEOCRAT to run the country. We would become the Christian version of the Taliban if that were to happen.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Would become? We have already made Richard the Lion Heart proud.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  19. The Jackdaw

    The Evangelical churches have a major shortcoming as they are purely recruiting machines with no system for retaining members. Once you have bought into their malarkey, you become a recruiter. That is why their churches grow so large and become the mega money churches that we see on TV. They are not very interested in supporting a social movement that will not bring them money. For now, they will embrace this woman because she is drawing attention, but as soon as the media storm is over, they will ignore her. There is also the sheer contradiction of saying Church and Feminism in the same sentence. Believing that your church supports this woman’s feminist views is misguided.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • hateyourgut

      Palin/Bachman in 2012 is scary.

      June 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      I immagine them uniting like Voltron....

      June 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Howard

    Is there any less qualified candidate who God has asked to run for President? Wait a minute, I forgot about Sarah Palin already!
    Just what our country needs, a closed minded, self-righteous, hateful bigot. Please Please stay in Iowa or your home state and let the rest of America alone!

    June 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
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