Bachmann: 9/11 and Benghazi were god’s punishment to America.

Oh Michelle Bachmann.  On the one hand she’s a dangerous lunatic with inordinate amounts of power.  On the other hand, she’s a source of material for my blog that seems to have no bottom.

During a Capitol Hill prayer event this week, Michelle Bachmann assured people that when mortals decide to enact atrocities that god should get the blame credit, because god is punishing us:

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?

How fucked in the head do you have to be to say “God sent people to kill the innocent, let’s worship him because he’s good” ?  If you’re being forced to kneel and pray just so god doesn’t kill a random assemblage of people that undoubtedly included more Christians than any other demographic, that god isn’t good, he’s a tyrant.  You know how all of you wanted the heads of those responsible for those crimes?  Well, if god is responsible, why do you all of a sudden want to be besties with him?

And what’s more, are we really to believe that religiously motivated violence is our punishment for not being religious enough?  And is more faith really the antidote to faith-driven violence?  (Hint: no)

Here’s an idea: if you hear god telling you to fly a plane into a building or bomb a crowd or kill your offspring or whatever, even if you believe in god, how about saying “fuck no, do it yourself”?  And how about not treating a god that sends people to do those things like he’s our ally.

(Via the Friendly Atheist)

Courtney Caldwell had an epic comment on this article on my facebook wall:

If Benghazi was Obama’s fault like I keep hearing, and Obama is a Muslim, and this is god’s wrath, does that mean Michele Bachmann believes Allah is the one true god?

Just trying to keep my Republican conspiracies straight.


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    I’m shocked more Christians aren’t embarrassed out of their faith because of people like her.

    • Park James

      You would be shocked, shocked I say, to learn that some Christians employ the “no true Scotsman” fallacy when they hear the inane shit that some Christians say. Actually I’m guessing you wouldn’t be overly shocked.

  • Rain

    So in other words she worships the biggest worstest terrorist ever. And proud of it. And wants to appease it. Heck she probably even thanks it for its terrorism. What a patriot she is!

  • Tim Wicklund

    I was thinking the same thing as Courtney when I read this on The Friendly Atheist. If this is God’s judgement, and he’s using Muslim agents to take action on earth, then he must be Allah. The Christian God wouldn’t be using people that diverged in the wrong direction after Judaism.

  • Mary Luce

    This is the sort of thing that got me questioning my beliefs. I don’t know what I believe anymore.

  • Michael W Busch

    It is a good thing that Bachmann’s version of god does not exist. If it did, we’d have to kill it.

    • Artor

      Apparently, our government is able to completely keep it out of school, simply by enforcing the 1st Amendment. We just need a new amendment to declare Gawd an enemy combatant, and then we can lock it up in Guantanamo.

    • Feminerd

      Then we’d be like Klingons, who decided their gods were not worth the trouble and killed them all off.

      Yes, I’ve been rewatching DS:9 lately.

      • Michael W Busch

        Beats the more recent Star Treks.

  • invivoMark

    Speaking of Bachmann, I hear she threatened to leave Minnesota over marriage equality:

    (Unfortunately for Minnesotans, the above is satire. Sorry.)

    • Medea Ginger Hertz

      Don’t get my hopes up like that!

  • busterggi

    If god really wanted wanted to destroy America she’d have been elected POTUS.

  • Al Stefanelli

    And she’s on the House Intelligence Committee…

    • Glodson

      Hell, the fact that she’s in Congress to be in that position in the first place is worrying. Let’s not even talk about the distressing number of votes she got during the last primaries(though that might have been a function of an internal party rebellion with a weak presumptive nominee).

  • Ony

    Unfortunatley her communication skills are not up to par. To better understand what she probably meant read The Harbinger. which was written by a Jewish man.