Speaking in Florida, Michele Bachmann ventures into the risky territory of attributing political motive to natural disasters, calling the events of the last week a wake-up call from above:
“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.”
Bachmann jokes hurricane a message from God
From the Washington Post’s “Faith” blog: “Republican candidate Michele Bachmann told supporters God was sending a message to Washington politicians through the earthquake and hurricane that pummeled the East Coast this weekend…”
In the next paragraph:
“The hurricane killed more than 26 people, including two children.”
Not exactly a subtle transition there.
Politico.com: “Speaking in Florida, Michele Bachmann ventures into the risky territory of attributing political motive to natural disasters, calling the events of the last week a wake-up call from above.
“Bachmann’s not the first public figure to call a hurricane a message from the Almighty…but it’s not exactly a mainstream meteorological view.”
The Daily Intel column in the online version of New York magazine headline: “Michele Bachmann blames God for the Earthquake, Hurricane Irene.”
At the least the Los Angeles Times asked, “Was she kidding?”
The answer is clear: Yes.
Given Bachmann’s history and her religious leanings, if you read that Bachmann said, “Washington, D.C., you’d think by now they’d get the message. An earthquake. A hurricane. Are you listening! The American people have done everything they possibly can, and now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it!” — you’d think Bachmann had entered Pat Robertson/Glenn Beck territory. But you watch the video and it’s beyond obvious Bachmann is joking.
Comment by Adamantine:
I am unsure both politically and spiritually whether Michelle Bachman (US presidential candidate) should have made these comments. It would seem to be a genuine comment and unlikely to be a calculated move to gather votes.
On these pages a few days back I ventured that when a significant number of Christians are impressed about something…. God may be saying …..then that in and of itself becomes a possible sign that yes God was speaking,
The editor of an online newspaper also said directly that this may be a wake-up call to the US.
My own heart reads it this way but that is a far cry from certainty. I do not think saying so will help a political campaign however because there now exists so many “christians” who are so torpidly asleep or so apostate that they will not see it and they will add to the chorus of criticism of anyone seeing it as from God.
Abraham Lincoln stated in his second inaugural address that the civil war may have been sent both to remove the evil of slavery but also as chastisement by God. Today such talk is less likely to be accepted.
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Additional comment by Adamantine:
Should someone be listening?