Several news outlets, including the New York Times and the Associate Baptist Press, are reporting that presidential hopeful, Michele Bachmann is now a Baptist. Bachmann separated herself from the Salem Lutheran Church (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) in Stillwater, Minnesota, last month. Her separation from her church came shortly before announcing her White House bid.
Bachmann most likely did not want her church’s stances to distract her campaign. Salem Lutheran church opposes same-sex marriages and calls the Pope the “anti-Christ”:
Since Scripture teaches that the Antichrist would be revealed and gives the marks by which the Antichrist is to be recognized, and since this prophecy has been clearly fulfilled in the history and development of the Roman Papacy, it is Scripture which reveals that the Papacy is the Antichrist.
Some think that Bachmann wanted to avoid a Jeremiah Wright moment for her campaign, which haunted President Obama. Apparently, a meeting with her pastor sparked her departure from the church. An aide commented on the situation: