Shocking liberals and conservatives alike, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took her fundamentalist end-times paranoia to a new height by telling a group of conservative lawmakers at a prayer gathering that the September 11th and Benghazi attacks were, “the hands of judgment” from God.
It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hands of judgment. It’s no secret that we are all concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline.
The truth is, America is concerned with our nation in decline, but elected leaders like her are a prime reason we’re faltering. The Tea Party is infecting our Congress with anti-government end-times paranoia at a time of unprecedented economic pain and when the American people can most benefit from government help.
She continued, “The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us, oh God? We repent our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek our ways.”
While there is nothing objectionable about that statement, her next one accused God of wreaking terror on America.
“Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11,” she said, referring to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the 2013 attack on Benghazi. “That is why we are going to have ‘9-11 Prayer‘ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than humble ourselves and to pay to an almighty God?”
While we’re used to hearing Bachmann and other hypocritical Republicans use religious attacks to promote their political career and score points with the religious right, implying that America was deservedly attacked by God really pushes the boundaries between religious expression and religious demagoguery.
Whether she truly believes these things or she is saying them in order to score political points with the conservative right liberals, this kind of religious demagoguery should be nowhere near our supposedly secular federal government.
Watch the video of Bachmann’s bizarre remarks here, courtesy of Right Wing Watch: