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Summary: Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus have ended their membership of Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota, a congregation of the fundamentalist Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, apparently because the sect’s doctrine that “the Pope is the very Antichrist” interferes with Bachmann’s presidential ambitions. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 16, 2010, Aubrey Immelman commented on a pro-Bachmann letter to the editor in the St. Cloud Times.

Summary: Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus Bachmann, plays a central role in her campaign for the Republican nomination. The Bachmanns, who are born-again fundamentalist Christians, share a bond born of deep faith in a particularly conservative form of Lutheranism (WELS), a common abhorrence of homosexuality, and an extreme Christian nationalist political ideology. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 7, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured Part 1 of “The Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews,” titled “Don’t Tread on Me.”

May 16th, 2011

Summary: Michele Bachmann, three-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota and a favorite of social conservatives and Christian fundamentalists, is poised to announce that she will run for president in 2012, with a formal announcement expected by June 2011. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 16, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Dr. Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, former leader of the opposition in the South African parliament, had died.

Nov 1st, 2010

Summary: For Michele Bachmann to criticize Barack Obama for attending the church of the “anti-American” Rev. Jeremiah Wright is rank hypocrisy, considering that for many years she’s been sitting in the pews of a church that professes that the Pope is the anti-Christ. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on November 1, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann, calling on supporters to descend on Washington to protest health care reform, resurrected “the Ghost of Political Stunts Past” and noted that Bachmann pulled similar publicity stunts five years earlier while crusading in the Minnesota state Senate for a Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.