ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A church official says Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann and her family gave up their membership in a conservative Lutheran congregation about the time she opened her presidential campaign.

A spokesman for the denomination to which the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church belongs says the church council granted the Bachmanns’ request for release from membership June 21. Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod spokesman Joel Hochmuth says the request was made “within weeks” of the council decision. Bachmann announced her campaign plans in mid-June.

Hochmuth says Bachmann gave no reason for leaving. An email was sent Friday to a campaign spokeswoman Friday.

The conservative denomination adheres to strict doctrine and excludes women from church leadership roles. A pastor at the church had previously told The Associated Press the Bachmanns stopped attending regularly years ago.

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Comments (23)
  1. Rico Suave says:

    Five, four, three, two, one…….Liberals – commence hateful comments.

    1. So True says:

      Isn’t a

    2. Deep Thinker says:

      Rico, surely you can understand it’s not our fault that Michele is such a moron….Mr. Suave….lol……you must be a real winner

  2. See BS says:

    Is this why political candidates have to raise millions of dollars to pay fascist corporate run news media establishments for TV ads?

    Most of the cash they have to raise goes to Television.

  3. Matt Dahl says:

    I’m a member of an ELCA Lutheran church and we have a woman pastor. I don’t think this article has all the facts.

    1. utoopia23 says:

      Matt, Wisconsin Synod…Very strict, conservative. Women get to clean the Church and that’s about it…

      1. StefanieP says:

        Well, women are also allowed to prepare coffee and refreshments after the service. And apologize to the church council when they get preggo out of wedlock.

  4. lefty says:

    come on get the story straight the church told these idiots to leave before they disgraced the church

  5. whatever says:

    I like how you have to ask for permission to leave a church, I am I don’t belong to no religion cult, all I have to do worry about my self and I don’t have to worry about heaven or hell because there is none LOL

    1. hm says:

      Matthew 13
      41 (Jesus says) The Son of man (Jesus) shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity (including “whatever”);
      42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

      1. sad but true says:

        Lucifer 666

        666 (Lucifer says) The Son of all evil, Maker of all sins (Lucifer) shall send forth his flying gargoyles, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all reckless souls that have been casted aside by Jesus as garbage…and shall take them into a cool garage with kegs of Miller beer to quench their firery hell. Then taketh upon them a trip to DQ for a Blizzard, because it really is going to be hot as hell and Lucifer doesn’t like the feeling of his sack welded to his leg!

  6. Humidity 100% says:

    Bachmann’s probably tried turning gay’s into straights, just like their counseling clinic claims. The church probably didn’t want them taking over, so they asked them to leave the church quietly and not make a fuss. In exchange, they will tell the public that Bachmann’s chose to leave on their own.
    Is turning gay’s into straight’s like changing water into wine?

    1. Fred says:

      No its changing entitlements into workers, i mean liberals into conservatives.

  7. John says:

    She left the church so they wouldn’t be bothered by the hate-filled liberals who stalk her and would do anything to end her political career.

    The journalists couldn’t figure this out? What losers.

    1. smb says:

      Really? You think she left for the better of her church? How delusional are you?

      If she had religious integrity she would stand up for what she believes, not run and hide from it to further her political career.

    2. The Architect says:


      She was trying to avoid a Reverend Wright situation.

      It’s pure posturing, John, and denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, buddy.

  8. Really says:

    Why is this news? People leave their churches all the time.

  9. HooDatIS? says:

    who cares
    she is a idiot thats why she left the church
    one idiot down 250 million more to go

  10. GrainofTruth says:

    FYI, There is a VAST difference between ELCA Lutheran and any of the Synod Lutheran Churches. The Synod Churches are more strict and conservative. That said, Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Churches are probably the most extreme right and conservative branch of the Lutheran Church. Very old fashioned in their views of women and men’s roles as well as hyperreligious with a tendency to translate literally from the Bible. My sister-in-law married a man from this branch and the women had to clean INSIDE the church while the men tended to OUTSIDE duties. (Yes, a step back in time.)

    My guess would be that Michelle will join a nondenom church — which are big right now. Gotta appeal to the most people you can, you know.

  11. Lij says:

    I think it is becoming rather obvious that Michele Bachmann lied concerning her statement about her knowledge of WELS teaching on the Catholic Papacy as antiChrist in 2006. In that statement during a debate she claimed that her pastor had commented that “he was absolutely appalled that someone would put that out.”

    But part of the WELS teaching is that a pastor must be know about the teaching and her pastor.. Marcus Birkholz. had been at Salem Lutheran for 21 years in 2006. I suspect he therefore knew and was not ignorant of the teaching on the antiChrist. So then Bachmann’s 2006 statement either reported a lie her pastor told her or was a lie of itself.

    Well, it is five years later and Pastor Birkholz is still at Salem Lutheran. The Bachmanns evidently stopped attending in 2009 and then formally left just before announcing for the Presidency. Her former pastor has said (CNN Religion Blog): “I’ve been asked to make no comments regarding them and their family.” It seems the pastor has no reason to be repentant. He either told told Michele Bachmann the truth about WELS teaching or the conversation she reported in 2006 did not happen. What is being hidden in all of this is that lie which Bachmann spoke.

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