Michelle Bachmann, the former congresswoman from Minnesota who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, was in Israel last week on a tour organized by the Christian conservative group Family Research Council. Late in the week, on a FRC radio program, Bachmann discussed the meaning of the recent intensification of violence in Israel and the West Bank. Her driving message: it’s more urgent than ever to convert as many Jews as possible to Christianity. Bachman explains:
“Almost every article in the paper” has to do with conflicts in Israel, Bachmann said, “and it ties with so much biblical prophecy. This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways. 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.”
“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” she said, “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.”
Michelle Bachmann’s remarks calling for a renewed and aggressive effort to convert Jews to Christianity is offensive. Jews, like everyone else, should be allowed to practice their faith in this country and in Israel, without fear of being targeted by others. These are not the End of Days and her comments attributing the recent violence and terrorism in Israel to biblical prophecy is an insult to all those hurt by recent terrorist actions. Violence against Jews anywhere is not prophetic. We call on Republican leaders, and especially the presidential candidates, to make clear that Michelle Bachman doesn’t speak for them.