Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Know Your Candidates: Fools for Christ

With the mid-term elections just a week away, we at Holier Than Thou have taken it upon ourselves to provide a public service that we like to call “Know Your Candidates,” where we look at the antics of various candidates from the Religious Right.

Today we’re examining a Republican congressional candidate who has boldly proclaimed that they had been handpicked by the Man Upstairs for the job.

“God then called me to run for the United States Congress,” the candidate recently told a large campaign gathering at a local church. “You are now looking at a fool for Christ.”

So, just which GOP candidate is this self-proclaimed “Fool for Christ”?

A. California Republican Richard Polombo
B. Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann
C. Florida Republican Katharine Harris
D. North Carolina Republican Vernon Robinson
E. Texas Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs

B: Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann claimed that God personally asked her to run for Congress. The remarks came at the Living World Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn., where Pastor Mac Hammons gave Bachmann his seal of approval as well.

“Ya know we can’t publicly endorse as a church and would not for any candidate,” Pastor Mac told his congregation, “but I can tell you personally that I’m going to vote for Michele Bachmann.”

Sadly (for Pastor Mac at least), even that non-endorsement endorsement appears to violate IRS rules against churches campaigning for specific candidates, and the Living World Christian Center now potentially finds itself in legal hot water regarding its tax-exempt status.


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