Michele Bachmann to bring on board evangelical Iowa birther for 2012 presidential exploratory committee
On March 30, 2011 At 4:25 pm
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CNN reports that the first pick for her political director is Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson, the author of birther bill SB 368 introduced into the Iowa legislature that would require birth certificates to be filed with affidavits for candidacy for presidential and vice presidential candidates." Sorenson is popular with the evangelical community and a leading Tea Party figure.
For those unfamiliar with Bachmann's inability to keep church/state issues separate from her own political career, it is worth noting her connection to Coral Ridge Ministries, created by the late D. James Kennedy, who recently aired an episode of its series featuring Bachmann on "Obamacare." Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones notes in her article "Does Bachmann Believe Congress Should Be Run by Christians?:
Coral Ministries is considered by many religious scholars to be affiliated with Christian Reconstructionists, who take the radical view that Jesus Christ will not return to earth until Christians have taken over all forms of government, among other things. (They are sometimes also referred to as "dominionists.") Kennedy devoted many of his broadcasts to the idea that the Founders were Christians who intended to establish a Christian Constitution, a staple of Reconstructionist dogma.
During a 2005 conference sponsored by Coral Ridge Ministries dedicated to "reclaiming America for Christ," Kennedy informed attendees that, "As the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government…our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors—in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."
His rhetoric tracks with that of the Reconstructionist movement's intellectual father, Rousas John Rushdoony, who palled around with Kennedy and even appeared on Coral Ridge Ministries' broadcasts before he died in 2001. Rushdoony was a leading advocate of Christians entrenching themselves in politics to take over the world and helped launch the homeschooling movement as a way of grooming such holy warriors. He was also a Holocaust denier and a defender of slavery and segregation (apparently because slavery is OK in the Old Testament)…
None of this church-state mixing is new for Bachmann. Back in the early 1990s, she started a public charter school in Minnesota that later ran into trouble with authorities for trying to inject Christianity into the curriculum and for attempting to set up classes on Creationism. (Bachmann’s own children were mostly homeschooled.) When she first ran for Congress in 2006, she was literally introduced and endorsed from the pulpit by the leader of a Minnesota megachurch known for promoting Reconstructionism.
Bachmann's religious views haven't received much attention, perhaps because she has provided so much other fodder for reporters to chew over. But now that she's considering a presidential run, her decisions to headline religious events and broadcasts for organizations like Coral Ridge Ministries deserve far more scrutiny. After all, in a country where people of all religions rub shoulders at the voting booth, any candidate who thinks the government should be dominated by a single faith should raise as many eyebrows as one who thinks Social Security ought to be abolished.
Bachmann has also publicly said she has received messages and prophetic messages from God telling her who to marry and when to run for public office: