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Now the rant….

One of the things The Pink Flamingo holds against the tea party “patriots” is their lack of understanding, comprehension, and knowledge about who we are as a nation and how we became a nation.  All they do is walk around holding their version of the Constitution (I swear it is not the same one the rest of us use) and quote from Founding Fathers like John Quincy Adams.  The problem is they don’t actually know much about this country, at all.

For those ignorant wretches who are part of the libertarian tea party movement, and know absolutely nothing about American history, the original settlers in New England arrived here because they were looking for religious freedom.  The Pink Flamingo has a whole slew of ancestors like this, who went to New England for religious freedom.

In the guest room of The Pink Flamingo’s parents house in San Patricio is a dresser that was brought to this family by the original Maverick family on the Mary and John.  It was passed through the family by the Ladds.  Every time I look at it, touch it, I think about the absolute courage of these brave men and women who gave up everything for religious freedom.

“…While spending a few months in the Connecticut Valley, in 1928, on the trail of Elder John Strong, I found in the libraries of Northampton, Mass, and Hartford, Conn., the “Memoirs of Roger Clap.”… is a story of the voyage of the ship, the “Mary and John” that sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, 1630, and landed at the point called Nantasket. The voyagers founded the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. On this ship, among the 140 passengers there came, besides John Strong, several other forbears, in the families of Reverend John Warham, Thomas Ford and Thomas Newberry.
The voyage of the “Mary and John” was important in the history of America. To Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Windsor, Connecticut, to Northampton, Massachusetts, the “Mary and John” bears about the same relation as the Mayflower to Plymouth, Mass. You will find in the “Memoirs” how the 140 people aboard were a church-community, organized in the old country, ready to operate on landing in the wilderness. It is a classic of colonial days. In 1635, a considerable number of them (exactly how many has been a matter of dispute) treked through the wilderness….”

Mary & John

They were crammed on this little ship, crossing the Atlantic, coming to a new world, to have the freedom to practice their religion.  Like my Mayflower ancestors (of whom I have a few from the A-list) they came to this brave new world for the freedom of religion.  Instead of bowing to the current trends in England, of going along with what looked good, was popular, and would get them ahead in the world, these brave men and women were literally willing to die for what they believed.

Last week, The Pink Flamingo, became one of the first sources to break the news that Michele Bachmann had thrown her home church under the bus after deciding to run for POTUS.  Just like Barack Obama, when when Jeremiah Wright became too much of a liability, she dumped her church.

The Pink Flamingo does not agree with the WELS sect of the Lutheran church.  I am an Episcopalian and could easily go Catholic.  I don’t agree with everything that is going on in the Episcopal church, but unless the sky falls, I’m going to muddle through.

“…Salem Lutheran Church belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, a theologically conservative denomination with approximately 390,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. A spokesman for WELS told CNN he did not believe the Bachmanns had joined another congregation….”

Jack Kilcrease wrote:

“… I think that’s there’s another dimension to this story which sheds some light on Lutherans use of church-growth methods. First, knowing what I know about her, I find it very hard to believe that she is so cynical that she believes that she is committing apostasy in joining this community Church. She likely thinks that it’s not really that different. Second point: she very likely would not have done this if she were back in Minnesota. A lot of her relatives attended her church in Minnesota. So, there would probably have been social pressure to stay. …”

The Pink Flamingo happens to think Kilcrease’s version of what may have happened, that once Bachmann started going to other churches, she saw the difference in what her church believed and less conservative versions.  Frankly, The Pink Flamingo thinks this is a terribly damning explanation, and makes Bachmann look terribly shallow and obscenely ignorant.   I think Alex Pareene has it right.

“…Meanwhile, CNN confirms what Joshua Green reported: that Michele and Marcus Bachmann have left their longtime church, just before Michele Bachmann announced her candidacy for president. The church believes that the pope is the antichrist, which may not go over well with Catholic voters. Guess Michele Bachmann doesn’t love God that much, if she’s going to let the liberal media tell her how to worship…”

America Blog

“...Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, and her husband, Marcus, withdrew their membership from Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota, last month, according to church officials.

The Bachmanns had been members of the church for more than 10 years, according to Joel Hochmuth, director of communications for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the broader denominational body of which Bachmann’s former church is a member.

The church council granted the Bachmanns’ request to be released from their membership on June 21, Hochmuth said.

After declaring at the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader presidential debate that she would seek the nomination, Bachmann formally announced her presidential bid June 27 in Waterloo, Iowa.

The Bachmanns approached their pastor and verbally made the request “a few weeks before the church council granted the request,” Hochmuth said. He added, “they had not been attending that congregation in over two years. They were still on the books as members, but then the church council acted on their request and released them from membership.”

Bachmann had listed her membership in the church on her campaign site for congress in 2006. She lists no church affiliation on her campaign website or her official congressional website.

Hochmuth said that a change in membership is not out of the ordinary. “You have people who are on the books as members, but they may have gone on to another church; they may not be attending a church anywhere. There’s all sorts of circumstances.”

A similar request for membership is to transfer membership from one church to another within the denomination. But that does not appear to be the case with the Bachmanns, according to Hochmuth, who said that to his knowledge, the couple was no longer attending a church within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Pastor Marcus Birkholz has been at the helm of Salem Lutheran Church for nearly three decades. When asked about the Bachmanns leaving the church, he said, “I’ve been asked to make no comments regarding them and their family.”…”

I don’t care where Michele Bachmann goes to church.  That’s not the issue here.  The issue is the fact that she claims to be a very superior kind of Christian.  She spends her career flaunting her religion.  Then, a few weeks before announcing for POTUS, she and her family resign from a church that might make them look bad.

She has been called to task before for what she believes, or doesn’t know she believes.  She’s castigated Barack Obama over Reverend Wright.  That’s probably the reason she stopped attending her regular church a couple of years ago.

Immelman

Has The Pink Flamingo up and left a church and changed membership? You bet your sweet bippy I have, several times.  Everyone has the right to do so.  I’ve done the Presbyterian thing, packed up and went to a Southern Baptist church (where the boys were) and went back to the Presbyterian church until I became Episcopalian.

We all have a right to move where we want. We have a right to disapprove of things within our faith.  Heck, I did not approve of the elevation of Gene Robinson as a bishop.  My disapproval was not because he was openly gay, but because he should never have been allowed to become a bishop.  His elevation was because he was gay, not because he was qualified for the position.  Because he was openly living with his lover, while he was married, it was a violation of church ethic laws.  If he were straight, he would not have been allowed to continue as a priest.   The Pink Flamingo knows of straight priests who were kicked out of the church because of the same thing.

I have not left the church over the issue.  It is foolish to do so.

So what if Bachmann doesn’t think some of the teachings of the WELS church are Politically Correct.  Does she not have the courage to stand up for what she believes?

If she can’t stand up for what she believes as a Christian, how can she stand up for what she believes as the President of the United States?

As a descendant of men and women who literally gave everything to move to a new world for religious freedom, the freedom to worship, even if it was not popular, Michele Bachmann’s move against her old church is insulting.

She made a  habit of criticizing Barack Obama over his church.  Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost. The Pink Flamingo’s criticism of Obama was that he threw his minister under the bus.  That is my criticism of Bachmann.

Most of us who are on a life-long spiritual journey, no matter what the faith, know that our faith (our journey) is evolutionary in nature.  It comes, and goes.  We go through times of doubt and then great renewal.  (Trust me).  That is normal.

Michele Bachmann talks a good game, but where is the evidence of a true spiritual life?  Frankly, I don’t care if she has one or not.  But, if she does not, then quit flaunting the lies.  If she does, then she would not be promoting it so much – in my humble estimation.

The Pink Flamingo thinks that Michele Bachmann as a “Christian” is a fake. Sure, she believes something, but I don’t think she believes much.

The really strange thing in all of this is the fact that her former parishioners are not coming out to either defend or criticize.  Neither are friends or family.  We always hear from the friends and neighbors of a candidate.  We hear from their extended family.

Where are Bachmann’s friends and family?

 

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  • jose maria

    Some people are so caught up in their churches and their religions that they never really come close to Jesus. So many of us do not listen. To grow in our spiritual lives we have to have a prayer life that listens for Jesus’ wisdom and revelation. Behind every parable Jesus told was his desire for us to find what is hidden from most of the world. In today’s gospel Jesus said, “…the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their father. Whoever has ears ought to hear”

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    I always think about the love thing. Christ is love. If we can’t show it to those we think are undeserving of love (including Dems) then are we really His?


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