Religion News: Michelle Bachmann not backing down from Muslim accusations
Michelle Bachmann is not backing down from accusations she made that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the federal government via connected members of Congress and high-security departments.
Bachmann said she will "not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies," and she is calling for a full investigation.
Bachmann and five other congressmen sent five separate letters to five separate Inspectors General on June 13, according to PatriotUpdate.com, raising the concerns. Rep. Keith Ellison –– the only Muslim member of Congress –– wrote back, asking for evidence of the accusations. On July 18, Bachmann came back with a 16-page response, pointing out what she considered evidence.
In the response, Bachmann, from Minnesota, singled out Huma Abedin –– a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for nearly two decades –– saying her late father, her mother and brother are "connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations."
Abedin is married to New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is Jewish. Abedin is a Muslim of Pakistani descent, according to CBSNews.com, and she is close with both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton.
Sen. John McCain came to the defense of Abedin, saying, "These attacks have no logic, no basis and no merit, and they need to stop."
"When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it," McCain continued.
McCain made the statements after the five House Republicans questioned whether Abedin has ties to terrorism.
According to CBSNews.com, the State Department has responded to the allegations with very harsh language, calling Bachmann's charges "vicious and disgusting lies."
Ellison responded to the 16-page response by saying Bachmann has provided no "credible evidence" for her claims and "simply rehashes claims that have existed for years on anti-Muslim websites," according to Salon.com.
Week in Religion
July 18, 1753, birth of Lemuel Haynes, first African-American to pastor a white church in America.
July 19, 1904, construction began on the Liverpool Cathedral in England. The cathedral was completed 20 years later and consecrated on this same date in 1924.
July 20, 1910, the Christian Endeavor Society of Missouri began a campaign to ban all motion pictures that depicted kissing between non-relatives.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
"Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church's Voice in the Face of Death" by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith and Joy V. Goldsmith
The Church does not cope very well with dying. Typically, a terminal diagnosis triggers denial of impending death and placing faith in the techniques and resources of modern medicine. This book reminds the Church of its considerable resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying and explore how dying begins and informs the Christian's life story.
-- Baker Publishing Group
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“Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.” -- Albert Einstein
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Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Poland
Roman Catholic: 89.8 percent
Eastern Orthodox: 1.3 percent
Protestant: 0.3 percent
Other: 0.3 percent
Unspecified: 8.3 percent
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