Why do all of God's messages magically align with Bachmann's already existent views and policies? Why is it that the messages that God is telling her and nobody else coincides with her whole political campaign? Is it coincidence God agrees with her views so perfectly, or is this just yet another propaganda ploy? If continuing to follow this line of questioning, the question - Is America a christian nation? - comes into play. Bachmann is constantly bringing religion into state affairs while our government is suppose to be composed of a distinction between state and religion. Now, I'm not going to go into the past arguments on this topic, but simply point out that this topic is still very fresh and present in modern-day America.
Bachmann isn't the only politician who uses God and religion to help propel a career and climb to the top. Along with Bachmann, Glenn Beck, the former Fox News personality connected God and the natual disasters during his radio program last week. He said the natural disasters were intended for the American people and that they served as a preparation for future disaster. Beck stated, "this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control."
Unfortunate for many conservatives, most of the people who tend to mix religion and politics are Republicans such as Bachmann and Beck; which, in the eyes of many, makes Republicans seem less equipped to protect the citizens and their equal rights. However, for religious citizens, the incorporation of God into politics brings a sense of hope and commonality. The ability to share the same faith as the President and other leaders can be awfully comforting, especially in a time of fear (Which for most of America is all the time because we live in a society of fear. Even John Adams said that "Fear is the foundation of most governments." Politicians kindle and inspire fear just so they can put out the flames to help "add" to their credibility but that's a rant for another time for I digress). I can see the appeals of using religion and the appeals of not, but I would prefer to be ignorant of politicians' personal beliefs. I imagine it being ideal being solely influenced by a politicians philosophies and policies, and not letting personal beliefs come into play.
The article cleverly brings up that "both Bachmann and Beck appear to be tapping into a deep but often unspoken fear in many Americans that the country is crumbling from within, financially and morally, and increasingly vulnerable to outside aggressors or to internal disorder." Striking fear and linking to religion for hope and having people rely on their form of Government appeals to a broad audience which I briefly touched on previously. Politicians are brilliant when it comes to propaganda and it's rather obnoxious for most people just eat it up like candy. Anyhow, Bachmann and Beck both exemplified the cross between religion and state and helped prove that we couldn't escape the question of the christian nation. Despite us not identifying with a single religion, it appears that religion, if not always, will play a part in society. It seems inevitable. Is America a christian nation? To be honest, I don't know, but there doesn't seem to be and exact distinction of influences. Nonetheless, religion is still used in politics for better or for worse. Also, with the extinction of religion nearing as the atheism rate rises, what kind of effect would be made on politics?