In 2006 speech, Michele Bachmann said God told her to run for Congress

Short clips from Michele Bachmann’s speech at the Twin Cities megachurch Living Word Christian Center have circulated on the web in the two years since Bachmann — then making her first run for Congress — gave the soon-to-be-notorious talk on October 14, 2006. This is the speech in which Bachmann declared herself “hot for Jesus.” It’s also the appearance at which LWCC’s pastor, prosperity gospel devotee Mac Hammond, landed in hot water for effectively endorsing Bachmann from the pulpit. (He told parishioners that he’d be voting for Bachmann; later it turned out he doesn’t even live in her district.) (And still later, Pastor Mac found himself under further IRS investigation for allegedly wiring up sweetheart loans for himself through the church.)
Here, presented for the first time, is Bachmann’s complete six-minute speech from that night. Captured by Ken Avidor of Dump Bachmann — the king of the Bachmann documentarians in the blogosphere — it offers a remarkable portrait of the Minnesota congressional representative who has been thrust into the spotlight in the past week by her assertion that Barack Obama and numerous unnamed members of Congress were “anti-American.”
In a church setting, Bachmann is extremely candid about the right-religious basis of her politics and her political career. A full transcript of her remarks is reproduced below; here are some highlights:
It’s the job of Christians to wage war on ‘radical Islam’ in God’s name: “We are sitting right now at a time in our history when we’re going to be dealing with some of the most important issues of our time. Continue Reading

Minnesota’s homegrown Christian right: meet the Minnesota Family Council

Born in reaction to a 1980s movement to repeal antiquated sodomy laws, the Minnesota Family Council has made itself into a key player at the Capitol. At the end of the 2008 Minnesota legislative session, the Omnibus Education Policy bill was held up because of a controversial measure that would have ensured comprehensive sex education in Minnesota schools. Sen Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, was leading the charge to get the measure past the desk of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but Pawlenty told her he wouldn’t budge unless unless the Minnesota Family Council approved the measure. They didn’t, and it didn’t pass. Continue Reading