Who needs Sarah Palin when we’ve got
No Dummi, who needs Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann when you’ve got me?!?!?!
Establishment of New Heights Charter School
In 1993, Bachmann joined with other parents in Stillwater to open New Heights Charter School, the first K-12 charter school in the nation (City Academy High School in St. Paul, which began a year earlier as the first charter school in America, starts at an 8th grade level). In Minnesota, charter schools receive public tax money as tax-exempt nonprofits, and are overseen by a public school district. The oversight of New Heights soon encountered problems. Conflicts arose when a concerned group of parents and the school district questioned if money from public tax dollars was going towards inserting Christianity into the curriculum. Minnesota state law prohibits charter schools from using taxpayers’ money for teaching religiously-motivated courses. One such parent, Denise Stephens, charges the board of directors of the school (which included Bachmann) with trying to set up classes on Creationism and advocating that “something called ’12 Christian principles’ be taught, very much like the 10 Commandments.” According to Stephens, school officials also refused to allow the in-school screening of the Disney film Aladdin, feeling that it endorsed witchcraft and promoted paganism. With her directors, Bachmann appeared before the Stillwater School Board to address the parents’ concerns. Feeling that the criticism was an unfounded personal attack, Bachmann stated, “;Are you going to question my integrity”; As the critique continued, Bachmann and four members of her board resigned on the spot – reportedly viewing the whole controversy as stemming from anti-Christian discrimination.
Bachmann denies the charter school involved any controversy on religious curriculum: “My original hope was that it would be a good academically grounded school. There was a disagreement in philosophy about how much we should be taking on at-risk kids.”
Michele Marie Bachmann
(born on April 6, 1956) is the Republican Representative of Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg, in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud. She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election, defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party‘s John Binkowski. Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.
Bachmann’s positions include:
- Favors privatization of Social Security along the lines suggested by the Cato Institute.
- Supports both a federal and state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and legal equivalent, and is a critic of any type of gay rights or civil unions for gay couples.
- Supported Bush administration policies in Iraq, stating that the U.S. military must “stay the course” there.
- Favors leaving the nuclear attack option on the table in dealing with Iran
- Opposes minimum wage increases
- Favors a media investigation of “anti-American” sentiment among members of Congress.
Some of Bachmann’s local critics say she could be more accurately described as a Christian fundamentalist politician. Appearing on the radio program Prophetic View In The News to promote her 2004 state capitol rally against same-sex marriage, Bachmann said that "God calls us to fall on our faces and our knees and cry out to Him and confess our sins. And I would just ask your listeners to do that now. Cry out to a Holy God."
In support of a constitutional amendment she proposed to ban same-sex marriage, Bachmann said that the gay community was specifically targeting children and that “our children…are the prize for this community.” Bachmann has said that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender suffer from “sexual dysfunction” and “sexual identity disorders.”
Bachmann supports the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes. During a 2003 interview on KKMS Christian radio program "Talk The Walk", Bachmann said that evolution is a theory that has never been proven, one way or the other. She co-authored a bill that would require public schools to include alternative explanations for the origin of life as part of the state’s public school science curricula. In October 2006, Bachmann told a debate audience in St. Cloud, Minnesota, that “there is a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact or not…There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.”
Bachmann has been a longtime opponent of legal abortion. In 2006, Bachmann stated that she would vote to permit abortion in cases of rape and incest. In the Senate, Bachmann introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment restricting state funds for abortion. The bill died in committee.
I don’t like some of the mindless attacks on religion from the left, but I feel it must be pointed out that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan never claimed to have been told by God or Jesus Christ to run for their political office. We are experiencing a major problem in 2009 with some FUNDAMENTALIST Christians, this is unprecedented in the history of the United States of America. Now granted she is not running for President, but none of the examples I cited ever expressed their faith in such a manner prior to their running as a political tool (William Jennings Bryan maybe, but he was a Populist and a perrenial also ran as well as a lefty by the standards of the time, 100 years ago), it is beyond anything we have ever had. Tolerating extremism this outlandish would set a dangerous precedent for others who might then feel free to seize power (it’s God’s will) and impose their views. This is beyond Palin or Limbaugh even Newt Gingrich would not express themselves in this forward a manner. Conservatives think we (the United States of America) used to be more Religious, and to a point we were , but not like this. This was unacceptable then, why would it be acceptable now, it’s extremist. Hard left people don’t really notice how odd this is because they think all religious people are like this , this is beyond what we are or were ever like, this is a Zealot. As a moderate person of faith in the middle, think about it, this is extremist from a mainstream Christian political point of view. Not necessarily her individual positions, those can be arrived at without citing her faith and religion so public ally, like deviations from her positions are UNCHRISTIAN. Think about it, this is new and different and frankly alarming, it’s extremism wrapped into a Religious/Political mixture, try to think of someone else as a major figure this forward with religion , there may be one, but not in the 20th or 21st century, this is new. This is a smooth (as a dental drill) modern Tent Show evangelist running for political office, she is Evangelizing as least as much as expressing political views. No separation of Church and State is attempted, it’s all the same to her. Do you really think this is healthy when it’s been avoided for 200 years in politics, I don’t think so, it’s dangerous, a blurring of the lines the founding Fathers established. It’s an Evangelical Fundamentalist Protestant expressing the total fusion of her faith with politics without precedent in our history at any serious national level at least in the last 100 years, I don’t recall any precedent, can you?
Michelle Bachmann’s Religion Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod