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:NYcitizen
Before anybody says anything derogatory or mean regarding this article: Obama quit his church while he was running for President! Remember?? The pastor of his church, Rev. Wright, all of a sudden became very controversial....making the Obama's membership at the church put into question and much scrutiny! Then Obama threw Rev. Wright under the bus!!!! SO....with that being said....and Obama wound up being president.....LEAVE MICHELLE BACHMANN ALONE ON THIS ONE!!!! She has a darned good fighting chance become our next president, like it or not!

The difference between Bachmann and Obama is that she is campaigning on her spirituality and religion and the president wasn't. She's distinguishing herself as holy and right and godly, the president was not.

One commenter wondered how a busy elected official and candidate could make it back home for Sunday services:

Perhaps she just couldn't make it to a Minn. church regularly since she's been in Washington D.C for the last few years.

Many commenters raised questions about the membership process at her church:

The church council granted their request to be released from their membership???? Freaky. Could they have denied????

Why would she go through the trouble of "quitting" a church that she says she hasn't attended in over two years? Something lies just below the surface that will surely rear its ugly head soon. Strange things from a strange woman.

One commenter seemed to have an answer for Michigan Joe, invoking the traditions of Bachmann's denomination, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod:

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In the WELS you are a member until you request release or transfer. We do not just kick people out.

Over on Twitter, @danielwanke responded to our tweet about Bachmann leaving her church this way: "Just the congregation she hadn't been attending."

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. justathought

    @ JF post 9:55p You know what? That could happen if you were every sincere and honest and you would honestly wanted to obey the voice of God. Such things have happend before. Get the book, The Cross and the Switchblade, by David Wilkerson, and learn how God worked miricles in the lives of some really bad people.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  2. SoundOfForest

    At last a decent manner from CNN by posting this photo! I knew she was a beautiful person. I think Americans should keep some manners for their politicians so that American kids would respect their parents more and other nations would follow America's good manners like decades ago.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  3. Doc

    Bachmann is a racist inbred tea bagging mark!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  4. Aaron Fleszar

    I wonder if she's in on this one?

    A military "coup de tat" took place with Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

    Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. He was turned into a Pentagon puppet.

    Too many stories in the news are completely fabricated to generate chatter for the feds. They have the majority of comments on many news sites and are actively involved in the moderation of sites since the “death” of Osama Bin Laden. Anytime this leaks they discredit it, delete it, or bury it with other comments.

    You will not read about this in the media since most of the media has been forced to cooperate or have been paid to cooperate.

    What you’re about to learn is true and not embellished in anyway. Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin had to do with the last election and the military’s overthrow of our government.


    July 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  5. xankel

    Who cares.....

    July 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  6. Will

    Just part of her ridiculous obnoxious religious pandering. She will show up again somewhere.

    July 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  7. blessedgeek

    She needs the Catholic vote.

    Her former church calls the Vatican the Great Babylon (in the chrstian bible Revelations 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH).

    July 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Joe

      She must have a really big forehead.

      July 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  8. san

    She's going to form her own church–with herself, of course, as both central deity, clergy, and lay leader! Get ready for the Tabernacle of Bachmann!

    July 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  9. devin

    and some commenters wondered just how stringing together comments with generic observations can serve as journalism. old people on the internet are cute, but they miss the mark... let's go to twitter to see how big of a fool our anchors can make of themselves.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  10. John Gardner

    I have enough reasons to disagree with Mrs. Bachmann to really be concerned with which church she attends. When religion (which is a primarily matter of faith) is brought into a political discussion (which is supposedly more a matter of reason), neither is enriched.

    July 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  11. justathought

    I should have added to my 7:42 post, that when someone writes a serious post; I will respond with mine.

    July 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  12. justathought

    To me, I think it would be very, very interesting if a serious (not some smart alleck) non-believer could describe what he/she thinks what god would/should be like in order for him/her to believe.

    July 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • pastafarian

      To actually exist would be an excellent start.

      July 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • JF

      I want god to talk to me via a burning bush. Perhaps that might occur if I walk around in the desert for a few days with no food or water.

      July 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Joe

      I'd want one that didn't say "harlot" like it was a bad thing.

      July 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Stevie7

      How about not being so sadistic and narcissistic as to condemn anyone not worshiping him/her/it to eternal punishment. One who communicates a little more clearly so that the authors of gods book can actually get on the same page. Oh, and global floods that kill practically every child, infant, and unborn fetus are bad. Yeah, definitely no global floods.

      July 19, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Brett Guerewitz summed it up nicely:
      "I guess God was a lot more demonstrative back when he flamboyantly parted the seas".

      July 19, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • John

      I love that song/band! Go Bad Religion!!!!

      July 19, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  13. Eugene Ahlswede

    I'm a member of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod. The state and the church have separate callings. The church is concerned with the spiuritual welfare of people and the state is interested in their physical well being. The church is led by the Gospel of Jesus. The state is led by conscience and common sense. MS Bachmann seems unaware of what our church teaches.

    July 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  14. Ed

    I think leaving the church just in time says a lot about Bachmann. It says she'll do hat ever she has to to win. It says she a a true politician. It says her loyalty goes only as far as it helps her. Mostly it says I still not voting for this nut

    July 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Phil55

      You will have lots of company!

      July 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • RFBJR

      Yup. Just like Obama.

      July 19, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  15. Lisa W

    WELS does not recognize Women's suffrage. Look up their policy on this and report that.

    How is she a member of a church that doesn't give her or other women any leadership roles or voting rights???

    This church knocks down even other Lutheran Churches (Synods) that do. They can't even agree with Protestants.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • RFBJR

      Lisa, give us some of your thoughts on this scripture:

      I Corinthians 14: 34, 35 "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."

      July 19, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Don't forget Timothy 2:11-14, that reminds us, "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor."

      July 19, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  16. frank

    She looks Jewish...and her husband's queer as a platypus. Odd situation...

    July 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  17. Republican Take

    Republican candidate Michele Bachmann, having recently left her church behind, is said to be converting to Islam.

    Bachmann is also leaving her latent-gay, flaccid husband so that she can be free to pursue musician Yousef Islam (Cat Stevens). Bachmann is guoted as saying "I've always liked his music. You know what they say about musical men and their trombones..." and "As a Muslim and POuTUS, I could solve our terrorism problems once and for all. There's no way Al Kaida and his countrymen will attack a country with a Muslim leader. This will help me get elected in other ways too. In fact, it might be the only way I can get more than the teabagger vote and pull in anything from Obama's liberal base."

    Yousef Islam (Stevens) was heard to say "No way, dude, no friggin way. That leathery old haggis wouldn't have made it as my groupie even when she was 20, no matter how good her oratory skills are."

    July 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Santana Diego, MD

      She is getter deeper in sin by remaining in politics. Poor choice. She will lie, she will cheat, she will violate the Golden Rule. She will burn in hell for her choices. "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

      July 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • bobby

      what do your mean, "will"? She has already been caught in three lies already.

      July 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  18. Nonimus

    Ah, crap!
    Out of all my posts, the editor had to pick that one. Sheesh.

    July 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Lycidas


      July 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Peace2All


      I know how ya' feel buddy... They did it to me too on another article.

      I think we should claim 'conspiracy'...! LOL.. 😀

      Good to see that they acknowledged you regardless.

      Hope that you are doing well, -Nonimus.



      July 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  19. AvdBerg

    What does the Bible teach us about the word “Church” and which one is the true church (the Body of Christ)? And if you have to choose one which one do you join, especially if the Bible teaches that “The most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands (Acts 7:48; 17:24)?”
    Confused? For a better understanding what it means to be a member of a local church and what spirit it serves (Luke 9:55) we invite you to read the articles “Church and what it means” and “Can Christianity or any other religion save you?” listed on our website.
    You can locate it by entering “a world deceived” on Google. It is easy to find as it has been the number one listing for the last five years out of more than 10 million listings. All of the other pages and articles on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9 and the Bible is true. It is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12).

    July 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Sue

      enough with your annoying linkspam already. P!ss off.

      July 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Reality

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      July 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Honey, AvdBerg is at the door again.

      Just pretend we're not home.

      July 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • frank

      Your site is unmitigated horseshit. Please jump off a tall building.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • MassMiss

      I attended a Four Square gospel church as a teen. Finally realized at 20 that there is no God. He is an illusion created by scam artists of old to make their little Jewish tribe seem more powerful than it really was. People have been buying it for millennia. Still a great scam. Why go to church at all? Community. That's it.

      July 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • AvdBerg


      You are correct as confirmed by the Word of God in 1 Cor. 2:14 and John 14:17 as the natural man cannot understand it as the Spirit of truth cannot be received by this world. Now please learn from the article Repent what you must do to be able to understand the Bible and the Book of Revelation.

      July 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Michele is making all the right moves….I am guessing she is baptized, making her a member of the Body of Christ, His church. I hope she comes home to the House of God, the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ; the House of God is the Pillar and foundation of Truth. 1Timothy 3:15

      July 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Reality

      To summarize:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


      July 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Waiting on tenterhooks for the 7 headed dragon who spews torrents of water and eats babies, eh?
      Or the tiny, crown wearing, armour clad grasshopper with the face of a man, the hair of a woman, the mouth of a lion and teh stinger of a scorpion.
      Let me guess – I have to go to your website to find out why these things aren't patently absurd, right?

      July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  20. Reality

    Enough time wasted on this story!!! Better that the moderators work on getting rid of their secret word filter and the annoying limit of about 50 comments per page.

    July 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
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