A Pagan’s Highlight Reel of Michele Bachmann’s Tenure in Office

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  May 29, 2013 — 12 Comments

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann today announced that she would not be seeking re-election to her seat in 2014. While partisans on both sides of the left-right divide can speculate on why she has chosen to do this, I think it’s important to take a quick look at the legacy left by her somewhat unorthodox and highly effective mixture of (politically and socially) conservative Christian populism. Specifically, I think it’s important to showcase how religious minorities (including modern Pagans) were made increasingly anxious by the affiliations she celebrated and stances she took.

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

“We’re in a state of crisis where our nation is literally ripping apart at the seams right now, and lawlessness is occurring from one ocean to the other. And we’re seeing the fulfillment of the Book of Judges here in our own time, where every man doing that which is right in his own eyes—in other words, anarchy.”Michele Bachmann

Whatever Bachmann’s plans are in the future, I’d prefer they be outside of a political office. It’s easy to make a “greatest hits” of Bachmann’s various comments, but I was always more concerned by her unwavering allegiance to inserting a very particular kind of Christianity into our political discourse. It’s easy to paint Bachmann as “kooky” but I think few people took her as seriously as they should have. Whatever one’s opinion of her, Bachmann was effective at winning elections and influencing the discourse, and considering her religious views that rightfully made a lot of religious minorities very nervous.

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  • Mark Digtn

    Let us not forget her advocacy of Joe Mcarthy esque investigation into Congressional Members to find out if they were “Pro America or Anti America” really her agenda in Congress was rife with Minority Bashing, Religious or otherwise. I think of an old tin pan alley song at her announcement to leave “I’ll be glad when you’re gone you rascal you”

  • cernowain greenman

    “where every man (sic) doing that which is right in his own eyes”– in other words, “Freedom”!

  • GearoidMacConfhiaclaigh

    Barton….as a history student I loathe the man, and all who support him.

    I’m happy to say I’ve even heard some push-back from evangelical historians. Though they are hopelessly biased in many cases, even they don’t want to be connected to a charlatan with no training who makes up his own facts.

  • BryonMorrigan

    And let us not forget that this woman is beloved by the vast majority of Conservatives and Tea Partiers. She is a perfect representation of how American Conservatism is adamantly opposed to Non-Christians of any stripe. Any “Pagan” or “Heathen” supporting such people are unworthy of even the tiniest amount of respect.

    • kenofken

      No American supporting such people are worthy of respect, or the name. If the idea of our country truly stood for no more than reactionary ignorance and religious pogroms, there was no need for our ancestors to leave Europe and other quarters of the globe to rape and conquer a new hemisphere.

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        Ironically, Europe is far more secular, inclusive and tolerant of diverse religious practice than the USA…

        Or, to put it into historical perspective, it was the Puritans that left Europe, allowing the libertinous ideals to flourish in the Enlightenment.

        • kenofken

          I meant old Europe of course.

        • Wolfsbane

          Nice fantasy. But the reality is that it was the result of WW2 and the 60-100 million people in Europe it killed off.

          Many reactionary Christian conservatives in occupied countries volunteered to serve in the foreign Schutzstaffel legions, only to die on the battlefield.

          Perhaps we should be thankful to the guns of the Soviet Union’s red army for inadvertently making Europe a friendlier place for Pagans.

          • BryonMorrigan

            Unfortunately, the Nazis did their best to stamp out Heathenry, and afterwards, the Allies did any even more “impressive” job of smearing Heathenry with the Nazi “taint”…so much so that most people nowadays still associate the Nazis with Heathenry, when in reality, the only religion the Nazis ever promoted was Christianity.

            If you look at pre-Nazi Germany, there was a significant revival of the Old Gods going on…prior to the Nazis shutting it down. (See Ludwig Fahrenkrog, et. al.) Even some “mainstream” Germans, like Erich von Ludendorff had converted back to the true religion of Northern Europe.

            But of course, the Allied war-time propaganda line that the Nazis were pro-Pagan and anti-Christian (created to undermine Christian support of the Reich) was so “successful” that even many historians believed it until fairly recently. The propagandists had gone so far as to edit translations of books like “Hitler’s Table Talk”, inserting anti-Christian passages, that fooled later historians into thinking they were genuine. It was only much later (in the 70s, I believe) that it was discovered that the passages were absent in the original German manuscripts.

            Tell a lie often enough, and it becomes the “truth”.

          • Lēoht Sceadusawol

            Not my fantasy. It’s a fairly well established train of thought.

  • Charles Cosimano

    Considering her district, whoever succeeds her will probably be just as entertaining.

  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    One of the greatest dangers of democracy is that, if such opinions are shared by a majority, these kinds of thing could be the appropriate thing for society to enact.

    Where ever people like this appear, people need to ensure a vocal opposition is present to act as a counterpoise.