Michele Bachmann officially leaves her church
July 15th, 2011
01:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Michele Bachmann officially leaves her church

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has long been a darling of conservative evangelicals, but shortly before announcing her White House bid she officially quit a church she'd belonged to for years.

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


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  1. Marie MD

    They haven't gone to church in two years?? All that christianity she can't stop talking about!!!
    A real reporter (the enquirer seems to have better luck catching politicians in the act) should look into big boy marcus' clinic and this church.
    No wonder she kept her husband under wraps. He confessed that "it's a remedy he typically uses". Too bad itndidn't work for him but atbleast he is righ thanks tonthe US government money, and I don 't mean hi wife's paycheck. Not that shenis working for her stuoid constituents at present anyway!

    July 15, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Meh. Strange, but not really big news. Let's talk more about the substance of her whacky ideological rantings and batsh-t policy positions. THAT is actually important.

    July 15, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    They formed their own store front church.

    July 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Indy

    Somesing fissy here, I smell yet another problem coming, time to fully investigate this church and find out what the Bachmanns are leaving behind.

    July 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Maybe she's joining Palin's church so she can get the witches excorcised out of her. Hmmmmmm

    July 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Mac Brake

    Perhaps your correspondent was unaware that membership in most evangelical congregations is controlled by the communicant, not by the (a) hierarchy of the church. A person, for one of many reasons, might decide to withdraw from the fellowship of a particular local body–to unite with another body of the same denomination in another locality; to show disdain for a particular precept held by a body with which they disagree; or, to remove to another denomination entirely because they no longer agree with certain tenets or actions taken by a denomination.

    In almost every such withdrawal, the individual will visit other churches/denominations until they are comfortable with the fellowship and it's affiliations, them they will unite with that new (different) body and continue their Christian "walk."

    I am sure that Mr. and Ms. Bachmann are somewhere within that process and will unite with another church. That is probably the reason her response to the correspondent's assertion that he had spoken to "her pastor" was, "Which one?"

    July 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. S. In California - Obama 2012

    We ALL know what her church teaches hate, racism, distortion, rife, backstabbing and everything associated with how to get to hell. I think she was a member of the Satan Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota not Salem as mentioned. Just my thought.

    July 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. pmk1953

    I guess the church had enough of the off the wall b.s. from the bachmannz.

    July 15, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Alex

    Just goes to show that she's only using religion to her own benefit. Do not be fooled by these charlatans' on/off devoutness.

    July 15, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Dr. Bombay

    Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Simpletons


    July 15, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. ade

    Why leave your church. Are you an atheist now? or there is a "Jeremiah Wright" in the church. Time will surely expose the reason.

    July 15, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. James

    Now there is more a chance I will vote for her

    July 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. NickZadick

    NONONO that won't work.... everyone knows you can't get elected if you don't believe in your elector's fairy tails!

    July 15, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. WiredwierdinSF

    Wouldn't you think that a real news organization would concentrate on real new instead of providing a platform for drug addled liberals to spout therir venom about conservative women? Guess it kind of proves who CNN's audience is doesn't it.

    July 15, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Madtown

    Too little too late. She's realizing that her evangelical zealousness is being construed as a liability.

    July 15, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. RUsurprised

    Lost my vote now.

    July 15, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Chuck Gaffney

    If you change the color of a wrench, it's still a wrench. Changing their home of crazy, still doesn't change that they are crazy.

    July 15, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Roger

    Got to remember she is a politician, probably going to start there own church these are not for profit so they wont pay any taxes.
    Going to need somewhere to hide all the extra campaign money.

    July 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. sparknut

    Remember the fuss the conservatives made over Obama's church? This seems like Karma to me – Conservative Lutheran styel!

    July 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Sock-Ra-Tease

    So in the church she’s been attending for the better part of a decade, the Pope is the anti-Christ, eh? I guess its time to cover that Catholic demographic and ditch the all too revealing religious affiliation.

    Dollar to a donut, given her screwy right-wing religion and politics, she’s also a believer in Dominionist Theology! But I doubt she's gonna share that with us.

    July 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Greed, and power BEFORE the God you claimed to have held so dear.

    July 15, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Bernie mac

    Michelle bachman would be a great president and all you hateful liberals are plain scared of a woman who does not endorse killing babies – sticks up for traditional marriage – and stands up against the wicked satan Obama by not agreeing to any new taxes or raising our debt limits. You liberals are just soo stupid it makes people with common sense sick. You support wicked gay life styles , you promote killing babies, you need the government to take care of you because you are lazy dead beats that do nothing but attack the character of good people with your twisted lies and you expext hard working folks to be taxed to support your wicked liberal interests. Well do us all a favor and take the next plane or boat to Iran or Iraq....perhaps you would enjoy life better under Sharia law!

    July 15, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    The Pray Away the Gay Church of Latter Day Saints is now looking for a congregation.

    July 15, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. MLB

    I will not vote for someone who throws their religion away. Nor will I vote for someone who doesn't live what they believe.

    July 15, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. momblen

    Who cares – isn't there suppose to be a separation of Church and State in politics?

    July 15, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |