The PJ Tatler

Michele Bachmann, Theologian, Says 'Jesus Is Coming Soon'

Republicans dodged a bullet when the former congresswoman from Minnesota helped blow up her own 2012 presidential campaign with the news that she had applied for Swiss citizenship while running for the GOP nomination, something I took a very dim view of in the pages of NRO at the time. And frankly there was always an air of extreme weirdness about her, such as her fruitless tussle with Texas governor Rick Perry over Gardasil.

And now this (audio at the link):

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) calls in an interview for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is “coming soon.” The 2012 Republican presidential candidate made the comments in a radio interview last week with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after both Bachmann and Perkins went on a tour of Israel. The website Right Wing Watch posted audio of the interview.

“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” Bachmann says. “And that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, he’s coming soon.”

This is the sort of thing that marginalizes evangelicals and the Christian right, and makes them such an easy target for the Unholy Left. The New York Daily News piles on:

Former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann wrapped up a tour through Israel with a renewed drive to convert as many Jews as possible to Christianity. She returned to the United States last week after a week-long tour organized by the Family Research Council calling for mass conversions before the second coming of Jesus, she told the conservative Christian group’s president.

The 2012 Republican candidate drop-out is a parishioner of Eagle Brook Church, an Evangelical congregation close to her home in the state’s sixth congressional district. She left Israel with a “warm fuzzing feeling” after sightseeing through an archeological site at Qumran in the West Bank. But that sentiment was overshadowed by Bachmann’s worries of increasing violence in Israel, an indication of Biblical prophecy, she said on Perkins’ “Washington Watch.”

From the Huffington Post:

Bachmann and Perkins, president of the conservative group Family Research Council, taped the interview during their tour of Israel. She shared what she learned from the trip, including her belief that increasing violence in the region suggests that the second coming of Christ is imminent.

“This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways,” she said. “And we’re seeing as events are speeding up, events are speeding up so quickly right now, and we see how relevant the Bible is, and we’re reading our newspaper, at the same time we’re learning about these biblical events, and it’s literally day by day by day, we’re seeing the fulfillment of scripture right in front of our eyes, even while we’re on the ground.”

Bachmann, who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, frequently prophesies about biblical matters. Earlier this year, she warned that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy would bring about the rapture.

Sheesh. Between the “climate-change” kooks on the left and the “Biblical prophecy” brigade on the right, it looks like everyone is losing his or her mind. The end may be near, but it’s not that near.