Christianity Thomas on 14 Aug 2011 12:14 am
The leading Republican candidates this year appear to be extremely Christian. In fact, both Perry and Bachmann are as far right as Christians can get – they are Dominionists:
If you want to understand Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, understanding Dominionism isn’t optional.
Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing.
Bachmann is particularly Christian, as demonstrated here:
“As president of the United States, I would pray. I would pray and ask the Lord for guidance,” she said. “That’s what presidents have done throughout history. I’m extremely grateful to have a faith in God. …He’s been very good to our country. It’s important for us to seek his guidance and to pray and to listen to his voice.”
So we have a Republican candidate for president declaring that she will seek the guidance of an imaginary man, and claiming that she can hear the voice of this imaginary man.
When not seeking advice from imaginary people, she plans to defer to her husband in accordance to the Bible:
Bachmann told a church in Brooklyn Park, Minn., that she hated taxes, but went on to study tax law in order to be “submissive” to her husband.
“My husband said, now you need to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. Tax law, I hate taxes. Why should I go and do something like that? But the Lord says, ‘Be submissive.’ Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands,” Bachmann told the crowd at the Living Word Christian Center. “Never had a tax course in my background, never had a desire for it, but by faith, I was going to be faithful to what I thought God was calling me to do through my husband, and I finished that course of that study.”
In other words, if elected she would not be a president at all. She would be sloughing off her decision-making role to an imaginary man or her husband.