Late Night FDL: Michele Bachmann’s Intellectual Influences
Michele Bachmann. Uh oh. In the New Yorker‘s August 15th Bachmann profile by Ryan Lizza, the presidential candidate proves herself to be way more intellectual than Sarah Palin.
Bachmann once served on the board of directors of Summit Ministries–an educational organization founded to reverse the harmful effects of “our current post-Christian culture.” Bachmann lauds David A. Noebel, Summit Ministries’ founder and director of Summit Ministries. Noebel is the author of the revelatory tracts as “The Homosexual Revolution: End Time Abomination,” and “Communism, Hypnotism, and the Beatles.” Bachmann has called Summit’s message
wonderful and worthwhile.
One of the recommended books listed on Bachmann’s State Senate campaign Web site (since removed per Lizza) was Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee by J. Steven Wilkins an George Grant. Here’s quote from page 303:
Slavery, as it operated in the pervasively Christian society which was the old South, was not an adversarial relationship founded upon racial animosity. In fact, it bred on the whole, not contempt, but, over time, mutual respect. This produced a mutual esteem of the sort that always results when men give themselves to a common cause. The credit for this startling reality must go to the Christian faith. . . . The unity and companionship that existed between the races in the South prior to the war was the fruit of a common faith.
Another high point in the Lee biography is a condemnation of the
radical abolitionists of the New England,
no doubt the descendents of folks whose minds were twisted by the Age of Reason, which was a direct outgrowth of the Renaissance, per another one of Bachmann’s fave thinkers, Francis Schaeffer, author of How Should We Then Live?.
A fundamentalist Christian, Schaeffer wrote and narrated the video series based on How Should We Then Think. In episode 6 Schaeffer explores the possibility that at some point the government might start controlling the populace through drugs in the water supply, much like hippies wanted to drop LSD in the reservoirs, illustrated by a man in a white van dumping chemicals into the sewer. But Schaeffer points out, with Christianity and accepting the Bible as an absolute, mankind can be saved from the moral vicissitudes of science.
This spring Bachmann told a crowd in Iowa that she and Marcus read How Should We Then Live?:
And so we had new eyes that were opened up as we understood life now from a Biblical world view.
In an video episode of How Should We Then Live? set in Italy, Schaeffer explains the meaning of Renaissance art (basically it shows man turning away from God and becoming more entranced with the secular) and cites the beauty of Florence, concluding with:
Humanism ends in despair.
Gods, let hope Bachmann’s campaign ends in despair for her and not for us.