Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) faced a tough question Thursday night during the first Republican presidential debates: Why did she say she’s a “submissive” wife? And would she “submit” to her husband, even as President of the United States?
“It means respect,” she said. “I respect my husband. He’s a wonderful, Godly man and a great father, and he respects me as his wife. That’s how we operate our marriage.”
While some in the audience appeared to think the question was unfair — including a CNN “relationship expert” who later suggested that the questioner had misunderstood the Christian philosophy of submissive wives — it was actually quite on point. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) faced a similar question in 2008 and defended the position, saying that husbands must also submit to their wives.
However, contrary to the softer version of this philosophy where husbands and wives are instructed to respect and influence one another, many American Christians take Ephesians 5:21-32 literally.
“A commitment to marriage to a young man is the commitment to a lifetime of submission to that man,” explains a lengthy analysis on Bible.org. “If there is any one question which should be in a young woman’s mind concerning marriage it is this one: ‘Is this the kind of man I want as my ‘head,’ to whom I will submit in all things for the rest of my life?’ Surely our text suggests the necessity of premarriage counseling, so that an independent, objective third party can help in arriving at the answer.
“Once in marriage, this question must be laid aside. The man you have married is the man to whom you must submit. This is not due to any merit on his part, not because he is a good leader and deserves to be followed, but because he, as your husband, is the picture of Christ in your marriage, as you are the picture of His church.”
This video is from CNN, broadcast Thursday, August 12, 2011.
Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’
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Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.
BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble
On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?
"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.
These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.
Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial
On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:
After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!