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Michele Bachmann Makes Surprise Visit To Synagogue, Congregants Storm Out And Donate To Her Opponent

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Poor Michele Bachmann. She just wanted to do some outreach for Yom Kippur.  And what better place to do it than a Conservative synagogue?  That means a synagogue for Jewish Tea Party Republicans, right? That’s correct, isn’t it? Baruch atah adonai Obama is a terrorist, or something like that?

And so Michele swung by the Conservative Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Sounds pretty Republican to us!! Except it’s not. Anshe Emet is located right in the middle of Chicago’s LGBT neighborhood (Boystown), and it bills itself as an “egalitarian” synagogue, and just for good measure, it’s across the street from a Whole Foods and the LGBT community center. Ruh roh.

It started out okay. Rabbi Michael Siegel observed protocol by offering a customary greeting to Bachmann during the services. It went downhill from there.

Gary Sircus, a 25-year member of the Synagogue, recalled:

The holiness of the room and the holiness of the evening was greatly diminished for me, if not completely destroyed. Our congregation values and embodies tolerance, compassion, respect for individual rights, intelligence, science — all of the things that I think Michele Bachmann stands against.

Things got more awkward from there, as the service included a segment honoring Israel’s  openness to the LGBT ceremony. Bachmann has previously called homosexuality “part of Satan” and a “dysfunction” and “bondage” (apparently not the fun kind of bondage, though?).

There are varying accounts on exactly how many people left in the middle of the service, but after the awkwardness subsided, Sircus and others decided to donate to Jim Graves, Bachmann’s Democratic opponent in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. Oh, and Sircus left a note:

I felt that the best way to ‘honor’ Ms. Bachmann’s visit was to make a contribution to your campaign. Even though I do not vote in Minnesota, please do everything in your power to take away this evil woman’s soapbox.

The Graves campaign told the Chicago Tribune that it experienced a 400 percent growth in donations from the Chicago area last week, although it’s unclear to what extent the Synagogue attendees are responsible for this.

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59 Responses to Michele Bachmann Makes Surprise Visit To Synagogue, Congregants Storm Out And Donate To Her Opponent

  1. mercedes

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    On Solomon's bears! Did you see that stiletto sticking out of her mouth? What an ignorant woman! I would not been shocked if she would have brought as an offering a slide of smoked ham.

  2. mercedes

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    *beard (sorry, couldn't see the typo from tears of laughter)

    • Vince

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      Actually, I quite liked "On Solomon's Bears." Also, where can I get a slide of smoked ham. Sounds excellent.

      • Aw. x'mon guys… it's first thing in the morning and you both have me laughing so hard I have coffee coming out of my nose. Wish I had a slide of ham right now…

  3. Claudia Williams

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    Geez, the rupublicans just offend all the people. I thought Tea Baggers were such "good" christians. What a crock!

    • Macranthunter

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      Anshe Emet Synagogue was worse. Just insult and abuse a speaker because you don't agree with them? I'm sorry but when I discuss 'liberal' politics with a conservative I get a debate. When I discuss 'conservative' politics with a liberal I get called names. I'm tired of liberals pretending to be intellectually honest and open minded. I can handle an argument. I can't handle incoherent shouting.

      • Amber

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        Where did it say that she went there to make a speech? NOWHERE.

        Do you even know what the hell the Eve of Yom Kippur is about?! It's the Eve of the DAY OF ATONEMENT. One of the Holiest days for a Jewish person. The Eve is spent in the Synagogue, listening to Kol Nidre, praying, repenting, and preparing to engage in a day-long fast. I can guarantee that Michelle Bachmann was not a speaker…nor was she invited to make a speech on a High Holy Day, because that's not protocol or tradition to do such a thing on an important holiday!!

      • Probotector

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        She had no business visiting a Synagogue on Yom Kippur in almost the same fashion as you have no business talking about her visit because you don't understand the significance of the day.

        She made quite literally the worst kind of cultural misstep a politician can make. She chose the most important day of Jewish self reflection to do a stump speech where she asks for Jews to look at and listen to her.

        I understand that you don't quite grasp the significance of Yom Kippur and that's OK, I guess. You're not backed up by years of experience or a staff of advisers. She is. And in that one moment she did more harm to her to career than I think she realises.

        It also has to be said that you're defense of her actions seems a little reprehensible when people have explained the context of Yom Kippur and the nature of the congregation's acceptance of things which Bachmann cannot.

        I would recommend some soul searching for you before you reply or respond to any further comments on this issue.

      • jferengi

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        To Macra: Well said. No one is more intolerant than liberals.

        • KeithS

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          Yeah, we are intolerant of intolerant people.

      • Patty Owens

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        Really? She walks into a religious service unannounced and expects to be welcomed? she says nasty horrible stuff about the LGBT community, and you expect them to welcome her with open arms? To me, that smacks of how mean can I be to people today. How much should I try to tick people off? It's one thing to expect for people to be nice in public, but when one walks into someone's "home" and their synagogue is their home,they should ask for permission to enter, see if they are welcome to enter, oh I don't know maybe call first. The hateful things she has said about the LGBT people over the past 5 years or so is enough for me to say that she is not welcome where I worship, and I don't think anyone where I worship would consider her a very welcomed guest. I would personally ask for her to leave as I would find her presence upsetting. I should not be upset where I worship. Your comment that progressives don't argue politely is laughable. progressives show proof, conservatives usually can't answer any questions without saying that taxes are stealing, people are lazy, and I want my country back. Back from what? it did not go anywhere.

      • Keith

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        You know, I hear this "liberals are the real intolerant ones" meme a lot, and it just doesn't jibe with reality. I find just about every conversation I have with conservatives to be characterized by sneering arrogance, condescension, and fallacious logic. This projection is nothing but deflection, a sad attempt to hide your flaws by shouting "I'm rubber, you're glue" and throwing a tantrum.

        • Debra

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          I agree. I've never had a decent conversation with a Conservative where they don't pat me on the head and refer to me as naive. (pat me on the head-figuratively speaking)

      • Chrisfs

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        I get just the opposite. If I venture into a conservative forum, I get names or wild accusations of Obama trying to take over people's lives, and control everyone.

      • Gail M Feldman

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        speaker? speaker? what speaker? bachmann wasn't a speaker. yom kippur is the holiest day in the jewish calender; she decided to pop in for whatever reason. she chose a congregation whose beliefs are diametrically opposed to hers, and who were bound to object to her prejudices and ravings. by the way — and it really IS a by-the-way, but it's worth mentioning — since there is no passing-of-the-hat in synagogues (in fact you're not supposed to bring money into the sanctuary) the congregation's membership is what supports the synagogue, and that includes the cost of a ticket to high holy day services (there's food involved, on break-the-fast). did bachmann buy a ticket? people don't get turned away if they can't afford one; a guest would not be turned away either. but did she even KNOW she was barging in one something others had paid to attend? (that is hardly the most important question to ask about the whole event but it did occur to me.) think of it this way. if hitler walked in on a congregation on yom kippur, would it be RUDE for people to walk out? or would it be an appropriate statement to make about just how the congregation felt about his policies?

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      • Florida Farmer

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        She was not invited, she was not a speaker, and she is a vile, hateful woman who has insulted just about any class of people you can name that don't look just like her and believe exactly the same things she does. Maybe you should pick someone more honorable to white knight for, because doing it for her isn't going to garner much support.

    • toosmarttovoteGOP

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      You meant good "Christians", right?

  4. Eric Klaft

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    Perhaps she can come out to MA and do an event or two for Scott Brown…

  5. Sam

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    As much as I loathe Bachmann I believe that in order to be journalistically fair you should provide a link to donate to both campaigns if you provide a link for one.

    So is the link for Bachmann's site.

  6. Ragnar

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    Sam, you don't make sense. If you don't support something, then don't try to support it out of fairness.

  7. Scott

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    Sam, the website is called the daily dolt, far from journalistic.

  8. Someone's 15 minutes are up

  9. M Levin

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    "Pinkwashing" — "a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life. Aeyal Gross, a professor of law at Tel Aviv University, argues that “gay rights have essentially become a public-relations tool,” even though “conservative and especially religious politicians remain fiercely homophobic….In Israel, gay soldiers and the relative openness of Tel Aviv are incomplete indicators of human rights….The long-sought realization of some rights for some gays should not blind us to the struggles against racism in Europe and the United States, or to the Palestinians’ insistence on a land to call home." From Sarah Schulman –Israel and ‘Pinkwashing’ — The New York Times, 11/22/11. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/opinion/pinkwas

    • Dave

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      Shut up. Ain't no Zionists here, boyo.

    • Zach

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      M Levin, are you Marvin Levin in the Chicago area? If so, I know you (Kathy's boyfriend).

    • Gail M Feldman

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      bachmann didn't visit israel and we're not talking about israel. we're talking about an american congregation gathered for the holiest day of the year, invaded by a racist, fanatically homophobic and commies-under-the-bed-screaming twit who knows nothing of judaism, doesn't know what conservative judaism is (thinks it indicates the politics of the congregation), knows nothing of the neighborhood (largely gay) and doesn't really care about anything but self-promotion. the congregation was, rightly, offended by her presence (and her presumption). what in the world has that got to do with israel?

      g

  10. Donald

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    Fuck you Dave! I'm a Zionist. Israel was won in wars. Just as America was won with war.

    • Sean

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      Donald is a troll. Just ignore him please. Same with Sam. I swear if we would all stop replying to the idiots and reply to each other with challenging questions maybe the trolls would wither and die.

      I say this, of course, with nothing substantial to offer other than I'm glad that the GOP's blindness is my main reason for disliking them but also their greatest weakness.

  11. Anonymous

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    Fuck you Donald. As a Jew, people like you embarrass me.

    So much cognitive dissonance to be a Zionist, no wonder you're pissed.

    • Larry

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      No fuck you. There is no cognitive dissonance in being a Zionist and begin a Jew. No matter how many times you terroris sympathizing leftists try to change the definition, Zionism remains the calling for the Jewish people's right to self-determination in their national homeland.

      Nothing more, but certainly nothing less.

  12. Macranthunter

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    So the congregation embraced all the values they claim to hate: bigotry, intolerance and closed mindedness by simply dismissing Bachmann outright. I love how the article doesn't describe her visit, just makes fun of her for visiting. How many liberal politicians do you see reaching out to people who don't necessarily agree with them. I'm by no means a Bachmann fan but she was the biggest person in that room. She spoke and came with an open mind. She was met with harshness and prejudice. Way to go!!!

    • Shaun

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      It's not prejudice if you form your opinion of a person based on their words and deeds. Merely holding an opinion does not make you closed-minded. Also, I'm tired of the argument that being intolerant of bigotry is somehow a bad thing. It's also important to note that they left their place of worship. From what I've read, they didn't insult her or demand that she leave; they merely walked out. That's pretty high on the civility chart.

      And please don't pretend like she was there extending an olive branch to those she routinely demonizes. She is a staunch supporter of Israel. Thus, I'm pretty certain that she was there to drum up Jewish support for her reelection bid. And according to this article and the one in the Chicago Tribune, it doesn't seem like she spoke at all. So any praise of her "being the biggest person in that room" is clearly just an assumption on your part.

      • Macranthunter

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        First, there is a direct quote of an insult against her in the article above. "Even though I do not vote in Minnesota, please do everything in your power to take away this evil woman’s soapbox." Mild but 'evil' certainly qualifies.

        Second, everyone attending *knew* she was the speaker. Walking out was a show. NOT very big on the civility chart.

        Third, it *is* the functioning definition of prejudice to assume that based on one's politics they have nothing of value to say to you. In college I went out of my way to attend lectures and visiting speakers I disagreed with. They never changed my mind but I often better understood *why* someone I disagreed with thought the way they did. Sometimes that allowed me to change the mind of someone *I* disagreed with.

        Lastly I read what she talked about. It is in fact described in the Chicago Tribune. Yes, it was mainly about American-Israeli relations and our long history of friendship yadda adda yadda. And how does she demonize those she supports? I get that there wasn't a lot of political connection between her and the synagogue but she *supports* them. If they hate her, so be it. As an adult, you listen politely and don't stay for coffee.

        And no one is asking for tolerance of bigotry. We ask that you be polite and listen or argue as the situation warrants. But just shutting down the discussion rather than listening or offering counterpoint is just, well, young.

        • eileen

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          Sounds to me like they were intolerant of her intolerance. Their beliefs were not in accord with hers, they were offended and chose to leave. No harm, no foul.

        • Miriavas

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          Pay attention before you comment. She wasn't expected, she wasn't invited to speak. She showed up out of no where on the holiest and most solemn ceremony looking for votes among people she spoke out against.

          If Pelosi or any Dem of your choice came in at the middle of a very solemn prayer in your church with a marching band after she has derided your town, that would be an example of what Bachmann did.

          Do you understand, now?

        • Matt

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          She was not a speaker. Why would you think that she was invited to speak? Please do some research on what Yom Kippur is before you type something so stupid.

        • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

          Linda the Dolt

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          I think a fair comparison would be if someone like Bill Maher waltzed into a conservative Evangelical or Catholic church during the most important service of the year to promote his new movie about atheism. I happen to agree with Maher on most things, but if he did this, the congregants would have every right to be upset. He's interrupting their most important religious service to serve his own agenda, and he represents everything they are opposed to.

    • Adira

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      It was Yom Kippur!!! First, she was so ignorant as to try to campaign on probably THE holiest day of the year. Secondly, she thought that a CONSERVATIVE synagogue was actually politically conservative. Joke's on her, since it's actually a liberal branch of Judaism. Lastly, WTF is she doing in Chicago?

      • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

        Linda the Dolt

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        Just to be clear, I was only making a joke about the Conservative thing. I have no reason to believe she literally thought Conservative = Republican (although i do think she miscalculated how liberal the crowd would be — she likely thought they were highly traditional and pro-Israel).

    • Gail M Feldman

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      she spoke? really? do you know that? because… why would she speak? she wasn't invited, and yom kippur services don't generally involve guest speakers. in addition, knowing what kind of person someone is in advance if their physical presence in your synagogue is not prejudice. recognizing a creep when you encounter her is not bigotry. i repeat (from previous reply) if hitler walked in, would walking out be JUSTIFIABLY rude or would you condemn those who walked out? bachmann is not in hitler's position of power but she is not, by her words and actions, a better human being.

      g

  13. Hank

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    Single best use of "Ruh Roh" I've seen.

  14. Tezi

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    Everything this woman has done is terrible. It's not an argue of politics, she is just an awful person.

  15. Richard

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    Does a speaker deserve tolerance and civility if she is intolerant and uncivil? Michele Bachmann goes out of her way to demonize people she doesn't like. What do tolerant and civil people owe anyone like her? Tolerance and civility, at all times, in every circumstances, regardless of the hate and venom they encounter from her ilk? It's one thing not to stoop to your opponent's level. It's another to fail to express your disgust in the face of Bachmann overdrive.

  16. Maura

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    Damn!!! Where were these fucked up Aussie bitches, when I?

    was in Australia!?!? . The things I`d do to em ;)

  17. George McConnell

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    Just think if God was that easily offended ?

  18. . gourley

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    Too bad they didn't go old testament on her ass

  19. John

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    I think political conservatives often don't know the difference between political conservatism and religious conservatism in Christianity, and often don't have the slightest clue to the distinctions within Judaism. I saw this same kind of mistake in comments about a religion column in the New York Times.

  20. Dmajor

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    It's "prejudice" when you judge something before you know any facts about it, based on generalizations about some group.

    If you already know about a person, by their actions and their own words, established and repeated over a long time, that's not "PREjudice", it's "POSTjudice".

    And if you think there's something wrong with that, you don't understand how facts work.

  21. Tracey

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    Apparently, the synagogue has a custom of welcoming elected officials and acknowledging them. Bachmann's people called the synagogue and indicated that she wanted to attend the service. They didn't say why. She did not ask to speak.

    I blame the rabbi for this mess. He should have suggested that another time would be more appropriate for her visit. You wouldn't want a rock star to visit your church in the middle of Easter mass, would you? Instead, in the name of tolerance inclusiveness, he allowed her to be a distraction, taking people's attention away from where it should be: on G-d.

  22. Tracey

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    And by the way: the synagogue name (Anshe Emet) is Hebrew for "People of Truth," which is all the more reason that Bachmann should not be there. Any fact check site will show you that Bachmann has a very troubled relationship with truth.

  23. Bill Pivnik

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    Come on people, give poor Mitchelle Batchmann a break, I think she showed a lot of CHutzpah by going to a Synagogue.

    • Gail M Feldman

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      chutzpah… i wouldn't put it in such a positive way. brass, i'd say, and would not mean it as a compliment.

      g

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