Michele Bachmann: 9/11 and Benghazi Were God’s Judgment

During a Capitol Hill prayer event this week, Michele Bachmann (R-MN) spoke about how 9/11 and the attack in Benghazi were the result of God’s judgment on our country:

It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It is no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline. If that is in fact so, what is the answer? The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us oh God? We repent of our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek your ways. That’s something that we’re doing today, that we did on the National Day of Prayer, it’s something that we have chosen to do as well on another landmark day later this year on September 11. Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?

God is so upset with us, he killed thousands of innocent Americans.

I’m not sure if it was abortion or gay marriage or Obama that did the trick.

We can dismiss this as the rant of a lunatic when Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell says it, but this is the rant of a lunatic in Congress… who was joined by other members of Congress!

Our nation is, indeed, in trouble. But it’s not because we’re making God angry. It’s because we elect people who think we’re making God angry.

(via Right Wing Watch)

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  • DougI

    So 9/11 was god’s fault. That means we invaded two wrong countries. Thanks god, you’re a real dick.

  • Satirical

    So…we invade heaven now? How exactly do we go about invading a fictional construct of human ignorance and fear?

    • cipher

      Perhaps it’s time. I don’t think we’ve tried it since that Babel incident.

  • Randomfactor

    So WHY are her fellow Republicans repeatedly questioning God’s judgement? Isn’t that blasphemy or one of those stoneable offenses?

    • Luther

      And why are they claiming that Obama could/should have prevented Benghazi and reversed God’s judgement? Sadly its God belief that gave us Michelle Bachmann. If God existed I would really be upset with her.

  • Octoberfurst

    I have no idea what people see in Michelle Bachmann. She’s a total loon and a religious fanatic. (But on the other hand those two qualities seem to appeal to right-wingers.)

    I also wonder why people worship a God who is obviously a total prick. He didn’t “judge” America when we owned slaves or practiced genocide against the Native Americans but he is gonna come down hard on us over gay marriage and abortion. Seriously? And he “judges” us by killing a bunch of innocent people. (At least that is what the fundies say.) He sends hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist acts all because he is having a hissy-fit over some piece of legislation Congress or the States passed. Why would any sane person worship such a murderous tyrant? But yet millions do. They have prayer meetings to grovel to their angry deity and beg him not to send harm to us. It’s like a battered wife begging her abusive husband not to hurt her and saying that she will “be good” from now on. (But yet she tells her family that he “loves” her.) I just shake my head in amazement.

    • http://atheistlutheran.blogspot.com/ MargueriteF

      “I also wonder why people worship a God who is obviously a total prick.”

      Exactly. “God caused 9/11! Worship him!” Uh, no thanks. I’d rather worship Q. A god that would do such things isn’t a kind and benevolent monster; it’s more of a devil. Even if I believed in it, why would I want to worship it?

      • Crazy Russian

        More like “God caused 9/11! Worship him — or else!” These people worship their god like Winston Smith loved the Big Brother in the end.

        • Anna

          It amazes me how fundamentalists can’t see the parallels to 1984 in their own religion.

          • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Tanner B James

            Arken’s Law is an internet law that states:

            “”A discussion is over when present society is compared to George Orwell’s Oceania in the book 1984.

    • cipher

      I also wonder why people worship a God who is obviously a total prick.

      One word: projection.

  • SeekerLancer

    The terrorists who committed those acts would agree, so does this make Michelle Bachmann a Muslim extremist now?

    • Crazy Russian

      Muslim extremist, maybe not, but a terrorist sympathizer, seems fit.

    • Mackinz

      Muslim extremist, Christian extremist…
      There really isn’t much of a difference.

  • Rain

    God needs to look into modern technology. He/she doesn’t have to punish whole nations at a time anymore. He/she can just make some “lightning bolt drones” that zap only the guilty individuals and leave everyone else alone. God has all the technological savvy of a stone age goat herder. Gee I wonder why..

  • blarg

    Amazing how this comes from some of the same people who deride others as the “blame America first” crowd and are “outraged” by anyone who mentions that US policies in any way contribute to the hatred and violence towards America. But then can proudly and piously claim these things happen because of their god’s judgment and are the direct result of American attitudes/behaviors/policies (you know, actually blaming Americans first).

  • Kengi

    So Michele Bachmann worships and praises the terrorist who planned and carried out the 9-11 attacks. OK, good to know.

    • L.Long

      GOOD point I missed that. She said it was gawd’s judgement so that means the terrorists where directed by gawd!!!!! I’m sure glad S/He/IT doesn’t exist!!!!

  • Hat Stealer

    Goodness, we received not one, but two judgments on 9/11? One plane for each judgment, eh? I guess that third plane, the one that was reclaimed and crashed by the people aboard it was a subversion of God’s will. God is versatile enough to send us multiple planes for multiple judgements, but not powerful enough to stop a group of heroic victims from messing up his judgment. All because dudes have been fucking other dudes in the asses, and because we wanted universal health care.

    Why are these people morally superior again?

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Tanner B James

      Because they rarely if ever confuse the number three for four. There were four planes. Two into WTC, one into pentagon and one into a seemingly inconspicuous plot of average every day american meadow or so they say…

    • Edmond

      She means the hijackings on Sept 11, 2001 were one judgment, and the Benghazi embassy incident on Sept 11, 2012 was the other.

  • Donatello

    Compared to what Jahwe’s usual standard when he’s really pissed off (see: flood, global) Benghazi was quite benign, so I guess that means your god is not really that concerned with the moral state of the USA, right, Michele? He seems to be far more interested in those evil, immoral people of Bangladesh who he kills by the thousands in building disasters.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?

    Well, gee. I can think of a few things:

    Take a long, hard, honest look at the idiotic, short-sighted, self-serving, and exploitative things we do in other people’s countries.

    Take a long, hard, honest look at our history of propping up despotic dictatorships because they give us their resources at a discount or they help us spy on our enemies, and then wondering, if we think about it at all, why their people hate us.

    Take a long, hard, honest look at how we used the 9/11 attacks to justify a complete waste of a war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the attacks, and we now have far more enemies and far less money than we did on 9/12.

    I’m not saying that we “deserved” the attack. I’m saying we have completely failed to learn what we need to learn.

  • trj

    Large-scale killing of innocent civilians for a religious or political cause…

    Yep, Michelle Bachmann’s god fits the definition of terrorist spot on.

  • Mario Strada

    I am so fucking tired of Michelle Bachmann and her ilk. Tired, disgusted, scared, repulsed.
    What do we have to do to get rid of this waste of space?

    • Tom

      Fix the public education system so that it teaches critical thought, constrain the likes of fox news to actually report demonstrable facts, then wait at least two generations.

      • L.Long

        Sorry but not possible. To teach thinking would require getting 85% of the teachers and education boards fired as they are the same as the Sheeple that got MB elected.

      • NewDawn2006

        I try really hard. Feel it is a losing battle at times, but at least I can plant some seeds while they are still in elementary school. Maybe they will think about what I’ve said when they grow up…

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Tanner B James

      My suggestion would result in the Secret Service knocking on my door.

  • Mackinz

    Sorry Hemant, I have to correct you.

    “Our nation is, indeed, in trouble. But it’s not because we’re making God
    angry. It’s because we elect people who think we’re making one of 2700 supernatural, all-omnipotent, omniscient and supposedly omnibenevolent beings angry.”

  • C Peterson

    There is an old Christian tradition of beating children for no reason, other than the belief that regular beating produces good adults. There is always some sin that needs to be punished, after all. And how many dystopian political novels depend upon people being randomly punished for crimes that are never identified? So why should we be surprised that the god of this culture operates the same way, dispensing punishment at random, often for the sins of others, with no clear reasoning, no intent to reform, no rationale?

    Indeed, it is terrifying that elected leaders follow this belief system. I agree with Bachmann in one respect: we are a nation in a time of decline. But that decline is a direct consequence of the beliefs and actions of her and those who think as she does.

    The best evidence for the absence of a just god lies in the simple fact that people such as Bachmann are not struck down dead at their podiums, as they spout their foul and damaging rhetoric.

  • Timothy Mitzel

    God must exist.
    It is no coincidence that creationists’ index fingers fit into their ears so perfectly.

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Tanner B James

      Man I just laughed so hard I almost shat my pants

  • Madbrainbox

    Isn’t USA the biggest military power in the world?With a nuclear arsenal that is capable to destroy the life on our planet many times over?You have these -I don’t know if I should call them retards or simply-insane people pulling the shots.I believe you people wake up and put someone normal in charge for a change.

  • mdoc

    She is the price we pay for gerrymandering. As is Mark Sanford.

  • kaydenpat

    So if 9/11 was God’s judgment, why did we invade Iraq or Afghanistan in retaliation?

    • Baby_Raptor

      Because God said so…Wait a minute.

      • NewDawn2006

        Yea, it would seem that their god is contradicting itself if it first rammed the planes into the building and then told us to go to war with another country that followed its orders. Seems if it is attempting to orchestrate our species demise… Again.

  • Baby_Raptor

    The answer is to placate a genocidal asshat.

    Seriously, how can SO MANY people not only be okay with this, but be actively doing it? And then claiming that *they’re* the moral moral ones?

  • Robster

    Hang on, if this god fantasy is so almighty, might he have stopped the muzzie terrorists mid stream on Sept. 11 and saved 3000 lives? Errrr…no. This god seems to have all the power of highly diluted alternative therapies ie. none.

  • Mick

    Watching the USA head towards theocracy is like watching an oil tanker heading towards a reef. I know it’s going to be a disaster, but I’m glad I am getting the chance to see it happen.

  • Carpinions

    I struggle to determine which of these walking blonde-joke responses is worse for this country: Palin or Bachmann. Bachmann continues to find new ways to be overtly offensive and stupid, as a public servant wasting the nation’s time and space. As if we needed any further confirmation that she was a few more sheets to the wind than the average padded cell occupant, this video of her just gives my neck muscles cramps from shaking it horizontally. Someone has got to find a way to kick this woman out of office. Even Boehner has started telling her to talk to the hand.

    I dare ask how much more useless someone can make themselves while being paid $170k/yr public salary and who knows how much to galavant about the country on “official business”.

  • Spuddie

    Will there be a tipping point when her supporters finally realize they have wasted time and effort by backing such an insane person for public office?

    • Medea Ginger Hertz

      Nearly happened last election…

      • Spuddie

        Not really. Even her own party didn’t think much of her. She never made it very far with the GOP primary (aka the big breakout at Arkham Asylum 2012)

        She ran a slipshod campaign and had to compete with Rick Santorum for the religious fanatic vote.

  • bismarket 1

    hahahaha, you Americans are so funny, she wasn’t being serious, she was only messing about right?…………right?


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