Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'
Michelle Bachman addressed students at Liberty University on Wednesday.
September 28th, 2011
08:20 PM ET

Bachmann urges Christians not to 'settle'

By Ashley Killough, CNN

(CNN) – Minessota Rep. Michele Bachmann gave one piece of advice to students at the country's largest Christian university: "Don't settle."

It's a line she's recently pushed to Republican voters, urging the GOP not to "settle" on leading GOP presidential candidates.

But on Wednesday she turned the phrase into one laced with heavy spiritual themes.

"Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you," Bachmann said in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The White House hopeful described her experience becoming a Christian as a 16-year-old, when she said she walked into a church one day with some friends and felt called to the altar.

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    September 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  2. Reality

    Dear Michelle B,

    We appreciate your enthusiam and the time you are taking to run for president but you really, really need to sit down and contemplate the problems with Christianity. The summary below should get you started:

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    Summaries of the other major religions are available at no charge.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Mary Hillsbrough

      Atheists are responsible for far more atrocities. You can't blame God for the choices of mankind.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • JF

      You can't blame God for the choices of mankind.

      No you can't. You can blame mankind for creating God.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Free

      Mary Hillsbrough
      You mean authoritarian regimes, like the communists and the nazis, right?

      September 29, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • HeavenSent

      You amaze me every time I log on to this blog Reality how far removed you are to Jesus' truth. You've built up your ego to destruction mode at any and every turn in your life. That isn't being humble the way Jesus' teaches. You're following satan's lies aka predator mode. Cutting, chopping, chewing and destroying what you are focused on at any moment in time. Instead of building on being the best you can be, you're focused on destroying others to get what you want in life.

      Question is? Why is that? Why waste your time stepping on and over others to get done, what you want to get done in life? Jesus' teaches us the righteous way to put our energies into positive outcomes that are good for you as well as good for all involved when doing anything in life. Your way is using others to get done what you want to get done. Why do you need anyone else to be your patsy in order to succeed in life!? Time to go solo and stop preying on others.


      September 29, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • .........

      plz hit report abuse on all reality posts

      September 29, 2011 at 4:44 am |
    • Reality

      Dear Michele B,

      Part II of your continuing education:

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

      Should I 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.


      September 29, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      If nazis were atheists why did they kill jews specifically while worshiping a cross.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  3. Mary Hillsbrough

    I will be voting for her. For once, we have a candidate who has it right.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Has what right? You think just because you agree with her that she's 'right'? Based on your posts, I'd conclude precisely the opposite. You're a hate-filled, sanctimonious jackazz, and I wouldn't vote for God Almighty if I thought you were vouching for him.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Edited to add: You're also a horse's patoot, Mary.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Mary Hillsbrough

      Now now, look who's hate-filled.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      For hypocritical zealots like you? Nah. I just laugh.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I notice you didn't defend Ms. Bachman's statements concerning Gardasil, Mary. Why is that? Alzheimer's? Or are you just incapable of defending the indefensible?

      September 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Mary Hillsbrough

      Yes yes Tom, I saw you make it a point to mention this. Someone of your outstanding level of intelligence has never read and believed false information, ever. You are perfect, Tom. In every way. If there is anything else you are hung up on and care to address with such spite, please, carry on. I warmly welcome your barrage of insults. Maybe one day you will get a rise out of me.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Of course you will, Mary. Bachmann says exactly what you want to hear. Too bad her actions don't quite align with her words. Have you heard how she took government farm subsidies while complaining about government handouts? She sure has it right - for her own profit.

      Do yourself a favor and do some research into these candidates. Not from their websites or from opposing websites, but from neutral sites that simply present the facts.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mary, pay absolutely no attention to the spiritually dead predators on this site. They are constantly focused on satan's destruction mode and want all others to wallow in their misery. They don't know about Jesus' truth of win/win. They follow satan's lies of (win/lose) destroying others in order for them to feel victorious.

      Sad, sad, state of mind they own.


      September 29, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • tallulah13

      Heaven Scent: I would advise you to do your homework, too. There is nothing more foolish than someone who only believes what con-artists want them to believe.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  4. Tea Party Daily News

    A spokesperson today said candidate Michele Bachmann, having recently left her church behind, is converting to Islam.

    Bachmann is also leaving her latent-gay, flaccid husband Marcuthhh 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."

    September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • m

      LOL at "leathery old haggis" and more

      September 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, "leathery old haggis" is an apt description of a number of women like Bachman. Witness Mary Hillsborough.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Carnally minded non-believers focused on the sin of LUST of the flesh.

      Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my.


      September 29, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • Truth

      "Heaven Sent"

      Speaking of the deadly sins, heard of "Pride" much?? There's a reason it's considered the worst of the sins...

      September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  5. Bo

    @David J Why do you people keep insisting that all the disasters and bad things that happen in the world is God's fault? It is the work of Satan! God has given him a limited amount of freedom to weck havoc in this world and when man has filled up his cup iniquity (that is when there are no longer any souls that by their choice, thatcan be saved) then God will say, "It is done" and time will end and Christ will retun for His remmenet. Until then there is going to be disasters and other bad things caused by sin that effect both the good and evil.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • John Richardson

      And who made Satan? Bingo!

      September 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, then, dear, why does your omnipotent God allow Satan to do such things?

      September 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And honestly, it's really hard for me to read your posts without gagging on the misspellings and grammatical errors. If you're going to pretend to be a Biblical scholar, you'll have to do better than this. I can't take you seriously when you don't know the difference between "affect" and "effect", and that's just for starters.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • JF

      Until then there is going to be disasters and other bad things caused by sin that effect both the good and evil.

      Why do people have to suffer? It serves no purpose. It only shows the cruelty of your god. Job was the perfect Jew doing what God asked of him and bad things happened to him because God wanted to win a $2 bet with Satan. If your god existed or gave a rats behind about his people then he would not let them suffer. He had Jesus slaughtered, not for his sins but for the sins of others. That's insanely cruel. It sounds like the actions of a mob boss. "somebody's gotta pay". So some innocent animal or human has to die because some guy ate an apple? Seriously? Can you not see how mentally deranged this is?

      "If there is a god it has to be a man. No woman could or would ever "mess" things up like this." George Carlin.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • tallulah13

      Natural disasters happen because this is a living planet with shifting tectonic plates and active weather systems. Human disasters happen because humans are greedy and are more than willing to cut corners to save a buck, or to despoil the planet for profit.

      God, Satan, Zeus, Thor, Isis, Kokopelli, Vishnu and all the rest of the supernatural gods and monsters have absolutely nothing to do with it.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      John Richardson, you wrote to Bo "And who made Satan? Bingo!"

      True, God does cause all things to teach us spiritually what we need to learn. And you? Have you learned anything? And, while learning, have you focused on His spiritual message of righteousness?


      September 29, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • John Richardson

      @HS Put it this way, if Jehovah really existed, I'd be in favor of a heavenly regime change. Could hardly do worse.

      September 29, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  6. Bo

    Hey! Hippy, that's not very nice of you! She may not be so good looking, but you needent insult her, I don't trust or care for either.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Honestly, how can anyone take this twit seriously when she claims that Gardasil caused permanent damage, but when questioned, can't produce a shred of proof?

    The stupid, it hurts.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, Tommie Tom, I've noticed that your name is ever on the ballots? Must be nice to view everything in black and white in life while sitting on the edge of the pool dangling your feet in the water without ever venturing into the depths of life to get truly soaked.


      September 29, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's rich, coming from an old bat who is on here day and night and does absolutely nothing that would entail helping those who are truly in need. How about getting off your rump and going to a soup kitchen? How about assisting Habitat for Humanity in building a home for someone without one? Why aren't you going to a nursing home to visit those whose families have forgotten them?

      Or are you still "recooping" from your lobotomy?

      September 29, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  8. HotAirAce

    Re: this crazy bitch claiming she went into a church and felt god calling, I went into a cathedral in Spain recently and explicitly looked for god. I even called out to him. No response. Not a single sign he was at home. In fact, no sign he'd ever been in residence!

    September 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, that's prolly 'cuz he's allergic to the stolen gold and silver in the church's treasury. It's like Kryptonite to Superman, ya know.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • John Richardson

      What, God doesn't love plundered loot? That what you sayin'????

      September 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Certainly wouldn't know it from the treasuries of the cathedrals in Spain. One would think Jesus adored the wealthy.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      HotAir, you will never find God when you're so focused on your carnal self. Move self out of your minds view and He will appear.


      September 29, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • Anton LaVey


      HotAir, you will never find God when you're so focused on your carnal self. Move self out of your minds view and He will appear.

      Get help
      Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that makes it difficult to:
      • Tell the difference between real and unreal experiences
      Schizophrenia symptoms usually develop slowly over months or years. Sometimes you may have many symptoms, and at other times you may only have a few.
      As the illness continues, problems with thinking, emotions and behavior develop, including:
      • Strongly held beliefs that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations)

      September 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  9. SB

    Behold the face of evil.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aaaaghhh! Her face! It buuuuurrrrrnsss!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Max

    That picture of her is down right horrifying.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      As opposed to ANY picture of her? Really, have you ever seen an image of this harpy that isn't horrifying?

      September 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Dang, scooped again! Yep, that's one scary looking woman. Could have used her to good effect in Wicked.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      More like "The Exorcist". Elphaba is tame compared to this witch.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Yes, the Exorcist! And they wouldn't even have needed a make up artist!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • John Richardson

      It's probably just a matter of time before her head does a 360 during one of the debates ...

      September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  11. wow

    I won't settle for bachmann as president.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  12. *frank*

    I can't say I'd be terribly saddened if a hot chunk of satellite debris landed on her and made her goblin-faced, hairspray-drenched head explode like a molotov cotail.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I just hope someone gets it on video so Scott Ridley can make use of it.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  13. J.W

    crazy lady

    September 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  14. Uncouth Swain

    I think the idea of not settling on a candidate is fine advice. No matter the affiliation of religion, race, creed, politics...etc.
    Sadly...the way our govt is designed, we tend to have to "settle" a little.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  15. The Dude

    Ah yes, Liberty University, where they do not allow inter racial relationships.....

    September 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  16. David Johnson

    From the article:
    Bachmann said: ""Don't settle for anything less than what this great and almighty God has planned for you," Bachmann said in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia."

    Hmm... What about the people god let die in disasters such as earthquakes and floods? The children born without a brain? People dying of starvation and disease? So much suffering...

    God gives babies to women who don't want and can't care for them. They end up being aborted. Is abortion the plan god had for them? Many women desperately want a baby. Yet, a child is not given to them.

    Yep! What a great and almighty god we have in the baby Jesus!

    The good things and the bad things happen in just about the proportion that would be expected, if god did not exist. Why would that be true? Can you think of a reason?


    September 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    ok , well for starters i didn't read the article, i was feeding my son.. but the face on the cover page was scary enough. has anyone ever seen a picture of this chick and not thought she is the antichrist if there ever was one?!!?!?!!?!!

    September 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  18. The Dude

    Like she setteled on a gay man for a husband?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Will there be a tomorrow?

      It is 3:00 A.M. The phone rings in the White House. Could any sane person want Bachmann to pick up that phone?

      Hello? Hello? Jesus is that you? You want me to nuke which country?


      September 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  19. hero blue

    I will settle for someone better than Bachmann....

    September 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, that means pretty much any warm body.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • John Richardson

      And more than a few cold ones!

      September 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    No problem. I won't settle for having an idiot as President. Get lost, Michelle.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
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