Michele Bachmann Thinks God is Punishing America!?
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Michele Bachmann has placed herself squarely alongside that other Tea Party front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination Rick Perry with her latest diatribe.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane (Hurricane Irene). He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” Good delivery. Nutty content. Michele Bachmann is apparently joining a long line of people who claim to know God’s mind and think that God alters the weather according to the pattern of voting and the internal politics of the American people.
Of all the reactions to Bachmann’s extrordinary insight, I think I most prefer that of Doug Mataconis who commented
“Of course, I’m not sure how this computes given the fact that the storm largely spared Washington, D.C. and New York, while hammering a red states like North Carolina and a heavily Republican area like Virginia’s Tidewater region”.
Bachmann’s Press secretary quickly protested “Obviously she was saying it in jest.”
Maybe so – we may certainly hope this is the case. That the US Government who insist on manipulating economies and political systems far removed from their shores might be conceivably led by people with irrational and frankly strange ideas on religion (like the Governor of Texas or now Michele Bachmann) is no doubt entertaining for those who wish to be diverted by odd news, but having seen the damage to the economy and political stability of the Middle East when a previous administration was “led” by a similarly strange George W Bush for eight years I am baffled by the current poll figures which suggest the US public was not alarmed by his approach. When, according to her press secretary, Bachmann is supposedly joking when she makes statements about God sending hurricanes and earthquakes to punish people (other than the politicians in Washington DC) I find it hard to believe she doesn’t know that, again according to the poll figures, many will take her statements at face value and believe them. This is of course assuming that Mataconis is wrong in his implication that since the main victims of the latest storm were in the Republican areas that God is not trying to punish those who vote Republican.
In any event I am concerned about the half baked self claimed religious stances of both Bachmann and Perry. For example they both claim to be pro-life and anti abortion on the grounds that the Bible supports their view eg the commandment Thou Shalt not Kill – yet both are reportedly in favour of the death penalty. “ Thou shalt not kill” doesn’t exactly support the 234 executions Perry has overseen since becoming Goveror of Texas.
Making a show of religion for apparent political gain also raises questions. Remember the quotation from Matthew:
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). Now reconcile this with Rick Perry’s National Prayer days, the first to unsuccessfully alter God’s mind about the drought and the second “The Response” day at Houston Football Stadium where his huge rally supposedly got God on side to deal with some fairly spectacular issues.
At least we should be thankful that Bachmann claims to follow Biblical principles although “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands” (Colossians 3:18) may mean that the electorate first should check out Mr Bachmann before handing the presidency to his wife. If Michele is too submissive she may not have the authority to get God to divert the next hurricane.
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