Bachmann urges ‘spiritual warfare’ to impose religious values on government

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:45 EDT
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Speaking to the Liberty Council’s “The Awakening 2013″ conference last month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) urged a religious crowd to focus on “spiritual warfare” in their continuing fight to impose religious values on government.

“You see, if we retreat from our values and fail to make the case on issues like marriage, because it is one man, one woman — because God said it is, not because it’s poll tested, because God said it is,” she said in video that surfaced online Monday thanks to Right Wing Watch.

“And life, not because it’s poll tested, because God stands for life,” she continued. “He made us in his image and likeness. And if we tread too softly on issues like taking on Islamic jihad, and if we fight too timidly and if we strive too meekly, then I think we all understand, we very easily could come face to face with defeat and then our nation would, in fact, pay a great and a lasting price, one that none of us wants to face.”

“We need to recognize the desperate situation of our commission, not only in the natural, but in the supernatural,” Bachmann insisted, her tone becoming more urgent. “Because as the scripture was read from the pulpit at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, we fight not against this world, we fight against the powers and principalities and prince of the air. That’s where we need to focus as well, is on spiritual warfare.”

While Bachmann undoubtedly meant “spiritual warfare” as a reference to the book of Ephesians, it’s not going to sound that way to some. The Liberty Council, a religious advocacy group, billed its 2013 conference “Fighting for the Soul of America,” and held panels “with topics from Israel to immigration, from our families to our nation’s future,” featuring at least one speaker who assured attendees that America stands at “the precipice of total destruction” due to President Barack Obama’s policies.

This video was published to YouTube on Monday, May 13, 2013.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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