Just read a profile of Michelle Bachmann in American progressive magazine, Mother Jones. Bachmann is a far-right Christian fundamentalist candidate for the republican nomination for US President and she is truly terrifying.
Here are some of her words of wisdom:
“American prosperity is God‘s reward for the nation’s steadfast support for israel”
“We are in the last days, the harvest is at hand”
“As the Church is to Christ, let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands”
Of homosexuality she said, “It’s part of Satan to say that this is gay, it’s anything but gay.”
She is anti-government and anti-politics seeing a communist conspiracy in the mildest social-democratic policies. But this fundamentalist Christian anti-statism is clearly not Libertarian. Bachmann is not interested in personal freedom. Rather she wants to prohibitively legislate on the most intimate of personal matters like individual sexuality and giving birth.
The problem with the secular state for Bachmann is that it protects the rest of us from her lunatic ideas. It protects our right not to agree with her and therefore must be destroyed.
According to her, God not man has decreed what the law is, well to be more precise the God Michelle Bachmann believes in has decreed the law, which fortuitously happen to be laws Michelle agrees with, but in any event, God through the Bible has decreed the law and man’s only duty is to obey, not to make up laws of their own through democratic governance.
This is of course exactly the same argument some Muslim extremists use against the democratic state. God has decreed the Sharia Law through the Koran, Haddith, Sunnah etc and it is not for man to tamper with that, therefore the secular democratic state is illegitimate and should be replaced with a theocratic Caliphate ruled by religious, not secular leaders whose only duty is to interpret the religious texts.
Surely if we replace The Koran with The Bible this is a very good description of Bachmann’s position. Really, really scary.