Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Michele Bachmann: God Is Likely Not A Terrorist

Michele Bachmann, who is hoping to be the Republican nominee for President, seems to have the opinion that God sends messages to politicians via natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.

In a campaign stop in Florida this weekend, Bachmann said:

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

While I don’t know “God” personally and consider myself to be agnostic, I would hesitate to think that anyone’s God would use a natural disaster to send a message. Why? Because it doesn’t seem rational that God would be a terrorist. Isn’t this exactly how Bachmann describes God – as someone who has to inflict terror upon people in order to get attention?

Bachmann also contradicts herself in her statement when she comments that God says, "Are you going to start listening to me here?" but then goes on to say “Listen to the American people…” So, are we supposed to listen to God - or to the American people? Either God is confused, or Michelle Bachmann is confused (probably the latter).

If anything, words like Bachmann’s should be the real message to voters: find another candidate besides Bachmann to support. With her irrational viewpoint, she could be another looming natural disaster for the United States.

Update: Now Bachmann now says this was a joke - here is a video from another appearance she made the same weekend, her speech is slightly different but the message is the same. By the way - who jokes about earthquakes and hurricanes, especially when they've caused so much damage or even deaths?

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