Bachmanns quit church they hadn't been to in two years

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Michele McGaughey
The Bachmanns will be missed... if anyone notices.
Michele and Marcus Bachmann have left their church after 10 years of membership. But even before she officially filed to quit the church, the Bachmanns hadn't been there in two years.

The Bachmanns were granted their release from membership to Salem Lutheran Church on June 21, church leaders told CNN. The Bachmanns' withdrawal came just six days before she officially announced she was running for president. 

Bachmann mentioned the church on her campaign website as she ran for congress, but Salem Lutheran doesn't appear anywhere on MicheleBachmann.com, her official presidential campaign site. Surely, the Bachmanns' presence will be missed, if anyone actually notices they left.

Leaving the church in writing is a dramatic step. But for someone who professes her faith so publicly and so often, it's even more curious that a communications director for the denomination told CNN that the Bachmanns "had not been attending that congregation in over two years."

Bachmann and Associates, Marcus Bachmann's clinic where gay people can go to straighten themselves out, is still listed on Salem Lutheran Church's website under "Confidential Counseling."

As she does with so many other things, Michele's dodging the issue of her church. When a reporter asked Bachmann about her pastor on Thursday, Bachmann asked "Which one?" A campaign staffer pulled Bachmann away before she had the chance to not answer any more questions.

Joel Hochmuth, director of communications for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, which oversees Salem Lutheran, said the Bachmanns had not requested to transfer membership to another church.

Salem Lutheran pastor Marcus Birkholz said he'd been asked not to talk about the Bachmanns, but Hochmuth said the timing of their flight from the church wasn't related to the campaign.

"My understanding of the situation was the timing of the request for release was far more coincidental than strategic," Hochmuth said.

Maybe Michele doesn't need to go to church. After all, she said God told her to run for president. She shouldn't waste time with a church and a pastor when she's already got a direct line to the Lord.

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E K
E K

I also heard that Michele now uses Ball jars for her pickling.  This is just 2 years after she told her Aunt Gertrude that she'd be a Kerr jar pickler for life.  What a hypocrite.

newsflash
newsflash

Newsflash - ANYONE has a direct line to God since Jesus died and rose again. Catholics and the ignorant either deny, ignore or are oblivious to this.

Hmgoretti
Hmgoretti

wow, not biased one bit.. Nice photo, apparently they usual media trolls could not find a more flattering photo of Ms. Bachmann. Hmm, that doesn't look silly in the least...

Kyle Goodrich
Kyle Goodrich

I miss the days when City Pages used to tell me about great restaurants around the metro area, or cool events downtown, or great music being played. Now I'm forced to see headline after headline of garbage about a woman I could care less about.

Don't we have better things to worry about then a smear campaign? 

Lukes_jm
Lukes_jm

Um... there's a whole section for that.

Djohnson
Djohnson

OMG. Great reporting everybody! Are you kidding me! Can't u find anything else to report about than this trash... Please at least make it interest instead of this tabloid stuff

TruthSayer
TruthSayer

I quit too! Couldn't stand anymore Phony Bullshit being spewed at me!

neighbor
neighbor

Who cares if they quit their church. You guys jumped from "lurker" to "creeper" status with this one.

vitajex
vitajex

Um... for a woman who so loudly proclaims her divine inspiration and godliness, it actually is quite relevant.

It's like running for student body president under the guise of being captain of the football team but never even actually having been to a game in two years.

neighbor
neighbor

It sounds to me like she quit her church and attends a different one, don't jump to conclusions son. It's like the media announcing you switched brands of your previously favorite ass wipe; creepy.

Angie
Angie

I am certainly not defending that lady, Vitajex but attacking someone's spiritual character because they do not attend church is offensive to me. Let me do the "Godly" thing and rise above your little "troll" jab. Telling you to grow up was not an attack, it was a suggestion.

Angie
Angie

You do not have to attend church to be inspired or Godly. Grow up.

vitajex
vitajex

Angie,

Although a quick review of your comments on this site reveals that you are a frequent troll, I'll bite.

Firstly, I agree with you- attending church is not a requisite for being "good" or "godly".  However, Christian fundamentalism is in direct contradiction to our shared view.  Amongst her base, the belief is that ALL Christians MUST attend church whenever possible.  How do I know?  I grew up in those churches.

If you are attempting to defend Ms. Bachmann, I'd like to point you back to her whining about how President Obama wasn't pushing the National Day of Prayer enough for her liking.

AND:

If Michele Bachmann wants to link Barack Obama to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and say that what Wright says on the pulpit has some connection to what Obama thinks and feels, then what does it say about "The Divine Miss M" when she doesn't even go to church?

vitajex
vitajex

Ha!  You know what?  I agree with you.  Too bad Michele does not.  Remember this?

http://www.minnpost.com/cynthi...

Michele picks on Obama because she feels he isn't pushing National Day of Prayer enough.

I'd also like to point out to you that our shared viewpoint is in DIRECT contradiction to Christian fundamentalist dogma.  The very groups she is purporting to represent and champion are quite insistent that ALL Christians must attend church WHENEVER possible.

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