I firmly believe each and everyone of us has a choice of our freedom of religion. However, our country was founded on the separation of church and state. When mixing politics and religion, one is only opening up a whole new can of worms. The religious background of any political leader will differ from a significant percentage of the citizens of their country. Therefore, how can one impose their own religious views upon those of others which vary?
Michele Bachmann gave a speech in 2006 where her and a female friend in college prayed together and both simultaneously had a vision that Michele would marry a man named Marcus Bachmann. Michele also goes on to claim Marcus had the same vision at the same time, therefore all 3 people received the same vision at the same moment. Go to time 3:30 in the video below to hear about this.
Sounds more like she should be involved with the PTL rather than running for the President of the United States.
Michele also opposes same-sex marriage simply based upon her religious beliefs. A church’s decision to not honor same-sex marriage is up to the church, which is (obviously) biblical based. The states should not base their decisions due to religious beliefs, but on the rights of the citizens and not because the bible is against it – and slowly we are making gains in these rights. Now that Michele is running for President, she is dodging any questions in regards to same-sex marriage. How cowardly is this? Speak the truth, honey… you don’t like it, you don’t believe in it, and you will do anything you can to force back the progress which have been made. (Which has included spying from the bushes on a GLBT gathering at the Capitol.) Please, Michele… do NOT force your archaeic bible-thumping beliefs on me, or anyone else. I am not gay, so I am not fighting this battle for personal gain. But I do believe in the rights of those who are.
In 1955, Francis and Edith Schaeffer founded a Christian retreat in Switzerland and named it L’Abri, french for shelter. Their son Frank Schaeffer has just released a memoir about growing up in the “First Family” of Christian Conservatism, and his eventual disillusionment with the family business, called Sex, Mom and God.
Frank Schaeffer is now a political commentator for the Huffington Post. Much of Michele Bachmann’s religious views come from reading Frank’s fathers writings.
I am not a big fan of MSNBC, but this news clip (below) is worth watching simply due to what Frank has to say. In this interview, Frank describes our current GOP party and candidates as “using religion as old time snake oil salesmen used to use their patented medicine. Now have people who are using religion as a patent medicine to give themselves some type of credibility.”
Furthermore, Frank goes on to lay the truth out plain and simple… that Obama is up against a racist white block and hasn’t been given a chance to succeed. He has been fighting a group of republicians who have wanted to see him fail from day one.
It is somewhat a relief – although a sad relief – to finally hear someone speak the truth in plain and simple words. Everyone keeps dancing around these facts, never wanting to admit the truth of the matter. No one – well, most people anyway – wants to be labled a racist. Although I do not believe our country’s economic downslide is purely due to racism against Obama – it is combined with the fact that the GOP and Tea Partiers have such an deep-rooted hatred for the Democratic party, they refuse to cooperate for the betterment of our country.
From a recent posting in the Huffinton Post, Schaeffer also says:
“The Republican Party is no more. It is not a political party; as David Brooks noted ‘the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party.’ “
It has become a clearing house for religious fanatics, Ayn Rand groupie weirdos and angry white racists driven literally mad by seeing a black man in the White House, a black man more articulate and intelligent — not to mention annoyingly even tempered — than they or their bizarre leaders are.”
“…He [Obama] will be running against the “party” that in the matter of the debt crisis is happy to take the whole county with them….”
When mixing religion, racism, and simple pure hatred together with politics, we will come out with one horrible stew. Be careful what you ask for – and who you vote for – you just may get it.