Bachmann: God Sent the Hurricane, Earthquake...
To make Washington spend less
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2011 10:09 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., arrives at Idlewild Baptist Church Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in Lutz, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann is the latest candidate to make the risky political move of “attributing political motive to natural disasters,” as Alexander Burns writes for Politico. The St. Petersburg Times reports that this weekend at a campaign event in Florida, while praising the Tea Party for its focus on government spending cuts, Bachmann said, “I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending.”

Mediaite notes, per a report from Nashville NBC Affiliate WSMV, that Bachmann later said the comment was a joke. But she’s not the only one making questionable comments about the recent natural disasters: Click to find out why Glenn Beck thinks they’re “blessings.”

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Aug 31, 2011 9:25 AM CDT
ROTFL!!!! And this is the face of the GOP?! HAHAHAHAHA! You guys are finished!!!! Great news for America but I'll miss the laughs.
Aug 30, 2011 5:05 AM CDT
Ignorance of a Politician NEV ER fails to astound me, never
Aug 30, 2011 4:39 AM CDT
You are the one claiming God is found or not found in some "ism". I find that view to be simplistic. How ignorant to say Catholicism has been killing since Constantine! How very stupid you sound. Protestantism, at its most prejuducial. Your view implies no Catholic can find God. If that is your belief then your god is a very petty being. "You have heard it said of old, love your friend and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemy, do good to those who hate you. . . " As I said, God is Love. There is no need for God to be vengeful: actions have consequences. It is God's will to be merciful, for his mercy to prevail. Even his justice is the action of mercy. You cite a text from a culture which glorified the concept of a warrior god who marched out with its army to kill and gather territory and booty, while at the same time you condemn Catholicism for its "violence. Inconsistent. You so feel for the African slaves. Perhaps that was the punishment God had meted out on them for being so unjust to each other for so long prior to the arrival of Caucasians. And so, if that is the case, then your condemnation of Caucasian purchase of black slaves from their black brethren is a direct criticism of God's justice. But this is merely a projection of the sort of God you and the other believer in a petty vengeful god who piped up above, believe in. Of course, you will read this as a racist perspective. On the contrary, it is merely a borrowing of your way of looking at things: your vengeful god, smiting tribes, and so on. And who are you to know who is or is not "His people". What arrogance of you! As for Jesus as a passive hippy. Read my quote from John again, about the fate awaiting the opponents of the God who is Love (not petty vengeance). As I said, actions have consequences. Vengeance has nothing to do with it. Justice and mercy.