Michele Bachmann and her family are officially leaving the Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn., which had been her home church for several years because it has come as a shock to her (and at least to her campaign) that the Church, particularly the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) synod it belongs to, thinks the Pope is the Anti-Christ.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Bachmann had no idea her WELS church taught the pope was the Anti-Christ. One rarely these gets sermons or taught lessons about what their individual faiths actually believe. After all, if it’s true, as several polls show, many in U.S., one of the if not THE most religious country in the West, really don’t know a lot of information about the Bible itself, it’s not too much of a stretch to think WELS pastors and lay persons weren’t giving too many anti-Pope sermons in church.
This issue has never come up in her past political races, largely because few reporters and or voters in Minnesota felt it necessary to pry into the tenants of her faith, what to many Midwesterners is a private affair. However, she has not made her faith a private matter. It is an essential part of her persona and for the first time, it’s tripping her up politically and you can tell she doesn’t know what to do. So feigns ignorance, ignorance at her church’s beliefs (and probably its history too give the WELS is mostly German centric while she’s originally Norwegian before marrying one Marcus Bachmann from the German town of Waumundee, Wisconsin) and ignorance of the very pledge she signed. Now she supports only half of it, the good parts, not the bad parts. She supports the parts she normally hears in church.
This is just my opinion, but I have a gut feeling that while Bachmann is leading the polls she doesn’t quite have the fervor of support Mike Huckabee did among the Religious right. She’s the flavor of the month right now but in so being it only makes her a target. And given the fact that Huckabee, while a Baptist preacher, isn’t exactly a Jonathan Edwards-type firebrand, its hard to see the pool of evangelical Protestants in Iowa having a religious connection to Bachmann outside of just politics.