In May of 2013, members of Congress and the religious right gathered for a prayer event at the U.S. Capitol called “Washington: A Man of Prayer.” Among the speakers was Michele Bachmann, who raised a few eyebrows when she seemed to suggest that terror attacks targeting the U.S. were the result of God’s judgment.
“It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It’s no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline,” Bachmann said, referencing the 9/11 terror attacks of 2001, and the attacks of the same date in Benghazi Libya in 2012.
“If that is in fact so, what is the answer? The answer is what we are doing here today — humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God.”
Bachmann went on to directly connect the terror attacks to God’s wrath, suggesting that Benghazi was punishment from God for a nation that had not learned its lesson in 2001.
“Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?”
Watch a portion of Bachmann’s speech in the video below via Right Wing Watch.