Bachmann signs pledge on marriage, pornography and Sharia law

WASHINGTON – To bolster her support among social conservatives, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann has signed a pledge sponsored by a Christian group that asks candidates to oppose gay marriage and support other social issues.

Bachmann is the first GOP candidate to sign the pledge from the Family Leader, which is based in Iowa and run by an influential evangelical leader, Bob Vander Plaats, who was the state chair for Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. Huckabee won the Iowa caucus that year in part thanks to the support of evangelical voters.

In addition to gay marriage, the pledge asks them to oppose pornography, vow “personal fidelity to my spouse” and reject “Sharia Islam and all other anti-woman, anti-human rights forms of totalitarian control.” The pledge also asks candidates to commit to “downsizing government.”

In a surprising absence from a social conservative document, the pledge contains no language asking that candidates oppose abortion.

Bachmann is one of several social conservatives in the Republican field, which also includes former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, both Mormons, are viewed with some suspicion by evangelical voters for past comments indicating support for abortion and same-sex unions.

  • AmosFiveAndDime

    It would be helpful if you would use a term like “credo Christians” to describe groups such as The Family Leader. These groups adhere to the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, and to a certain extent the Lord’s Prayer. As to following Christ’s teaching and examples, which would make them simply “Christians”, that’s a different story.

  • blackbirdish

    It would be helpful is you would use a term like “huge piles of shit” to describe groups such as The Family Leader. These groups are composed of piles of shit, and form together in one heaving, hulking, pile of shit.

  • Ali

    The full document can be found here http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/The-Family-Leader-Presidential-Pledge.pdf and abortion is clearly mentioned in the 9th bullet of the pledge. The document also states that African Americans were better off during slavery (when they had two parents).

  • labman57

    So this what conservative/tea party folks mean by “small, nonintrusive government”?

    
Bachmann is just another delusional tea party brown-nosing theocrat who pretentiously claims to be doing “God’s work” — using cherry-picked biblical passages to justify her brand of social intolerance and religious self-righteousness.

    Bachmann insists that she is not a flake. “I am a serious person”. And then she signs a pledge suggesting that black slave families exemplified right wing “traditional family values”, implying that slavery was not that bad after all.

    Not a flake?  Methinks she has a bit more work to do.

  • Joey

    Also in this document: a pledge of opposition to women appearing in “forward roles” in the military. I think this is newsworthy.

  • bill ewert

    GO BACHMANN

    to hell with aclu and liberals destroying this country with their arrogant atheist communist platforms and screwed up priorities

  • Abi Assadi

    Ms. Bachmann,

    Please do not kill cancer children by applying a fictitious lifetime cap on healthcare while giving millions to the CEO of insurance companies. Stop lying and stop trying killing the sick and vulnerable while giving incentives to the billionaires and oil companies. Your repeal of the healthcare act will create a death panel for the cancer children who would reach the cap very quickly. Also, people with brain injury, trauma, and other life threatening chronic disease will reach the cap within 1 to 12 months. This would be amid CEO and executives of large corporation and insurance companies make millions in bonuses while denying coverage and access to sick people. Stop lying to Americans. Protect the children with childhood leukemia and the elderly with Alzheimer and the AIDS victims.

    Stop defending the insurance companies and defend the “no pre-existing condition” for children and all Americans. Stop seeking denial of insurance to people with pre-existing condition. My son has fought 3 cancers and we are lucky to have insurance. We are happy that with President’s Obama’s Congress Approved Healthcare ACT, he does not have to worry about the cap and pre-existing conation amid his suffering and pain. He has suffered enough. Stop bothering children such as mine. Stop proposing big bonuses for the executives by not taxing the very rich and stop proposing that it is ok for children with childhood diseases suffer to death while the CEO of insurance companies make tens of millions of dollars in bonuses. Stop taxing the working and middle class to shift the money to the very rich. Stop the woe to repeal a law that saves lives. STOP.

    Dr. Abi Assadi

    Minnetonka, MN

  • Barry

    Anyone who reads this article please understand that Bachmann is a GOP puppet. She says what she is told. She is NOT a Tea Partier, she is jumping on the bandwagon started in large part by the ONLY logically-minded candidate from either camp– Ron Paul.

    Do not be deceived by this Woman’s words/actions.