Representative Michele Bachmann officially joined the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates on Monday. Like many in the race, she identifies herself as a Christian. In fact, in her kick-off speech in Waterloo, Iowa, she described how she gave her heart to Jesus Christ at the age of 16, and how she uses prayer to guide her decision-making.
But there is one area in which Bachmann departs dramatically from her own tradition and that of most Christian denominations in the nation: environmental values. Bachmann calls climate change "nonsense" and she routinely refers to the EPA as the job-killing organization of America." And yet the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, to which Bachmann was until recently connected, asserts that caring for the world is "a moral issue."
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