In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Michelle Bachmann dodged a tricky question embedded in a larger question by conflating the Bible with the Constitution. Here was the tricky question:
If the people want government to do something that goes against teachings in the Bible, should the President and Congress side with the people or the Bible?
Here’s Bachmann’s answer:
The people elect the President, and we need to listen to the people and what their will is. At the same time, we’re a constitutional republic, and if the people want something that is not in accordance with the Constitution, it’s up to the President and the people’s representatives to explain why something is unconstitutional.
The question was asked as part of a larger question regarding dominionism (which Bachmann also dodged). What I’ve quoted above is the essence of the exchange. To read the full context, see here.
There was, by the way, no follow-up question in the interview, so someone needs to ask her the “Bible vs. the people” question again.
Here’s another good question I’d like to see asked of the Republican presidential field:
President Obama’s top science advisor is John Holdren. If elected president, would you consider appointing, as your top science advisor, a young earth creationist? If so, why? If not, why?
That would get the candidates squirming, wouldn’t it?