O'Reilly Ignored Michele Bachmann Church Scandal
By: Steve - July 19, 2011 - 10:00am
As usual O'Reilly ignores most of the big news stories that make Republicans look bad, last week it was reported that Michele Bachmann quit her church to try and keep the media from linking her to some crazy things they have said.
And of course O'Reilly has ignored it all, but when Obama was linked to Pastor Wright for some things he said, O'Reilly reported the hell out of it for weeks and months on end, he even did a 25 part series on Pastor Wright, with video and transcripts, recordings, etc. One part a night for 25 straight days.
O'Reilly also said it was right to link Pastor Wright to Obama because he knows the man, and goes to his church, so it shows what kind of person he is by who he pals around with. It was guilt by association, but when Bachmann quits her church because they said some crazy things about the Pope, O'Reilly ignores the entire story.
Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her husband Marcus preemptively left their church of more than ten years just weeks before she announced her candidacy to avoid association with its extremist views. Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota, has faced criticism recently for its anti-Catholic views, including preaching that the Pope is the Antichrist.
The church that Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus had attended for more than a decade, Salem Lutheran in Stillwater, Minn., granted the couple's request to be released from their membership last month, a week after Bachmann told a national audience that she would run for the Republican presidential nomination.
The Bachmanns had approached their pastor and verbally made the request "a few weeks before the church council granted the request," said Joel Hochmuth, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the governing body for the church.
Here is my question, you have to go to a church council to be released from their membership. Why cant you just quit, sounds like communism to me, haha.
The highly convenient timing of the move clearly indicates it was a political calculation on Bachmann's part. It remains to be seen how religious values voters will feel about the candidate choosing political opportunism over her church. On the campaign trail Bachmann frequently invokes her faith and proudly speaks about coming to Christ at the age of 16.
CNN also reported that Salem Lutheran Church still maintains some ties with the Bachmann family. "It lists a Christian counseling center operated by Bachmann's husband on its website under special member services for confidential counseling."
So she has not quit entirely, some of it is for public relations. And Bachmann must still account for her ongoing connection with other radical preachers and churches, especially Bradlee Dean of the notoriously anti-gay You Can Run But You Can't Hide ministry.
Dean has been described as Bachmann's Pastor Wright, and has repeatedly called for gays and lesbians to be put in prison and has said executing gays is moral.
Many journalists have observed the parallels between Bachmann leaving her church for political expediency and Barack Obama's decision to do the same in 2008 after his church's preacher, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, faced a barrage of criticism for his rhetoric.
But since O'Reilly is a Republicans and he likes Michele Bachmann, you can bet the farm he will never touch this story, because it would hurt her politically.
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