Separation of church and state is a myth, you know. That’s what Michele Bachmann told folks at a fundraiser for the controversial youth ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide:
“[Public schools] are teaching children that there is separation of church and state, and I am here to tell you that is a myth. That’s not true,” Bachmann said at the group’s 2006 fundraiser in Minneapolis. “And they explain to children in the public school system what a myth that is. And that’s what I love about this ministry … We want kids to come to the truth and that’s why this ministry is so absolutely vital. We need them in every public school classroom across the state to tell young people, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide.”
The quote is a few years old, but it’s back in the news again because Bachmann’s planning to appear at another fundraiser for YCRBYCH this year.
Here’s more from Bachmann, praying for the success of the YCRBYCH ministry at the same fundraiser:
“Lord, I thank you for what you have done at this ministry… how you are going to advance them from 260 schools a year, Lord, to 2,600 schools a year,” she said. “Lord, we ask thy faith that you would expand this ministry beyond anything the originators of this ministry could begin to think or imagine. Lord, the day is at hand! We are in the last days!”
Yup. The last days.
I could tell you a lot more about YCRBYCH. They have a radio broadcast ministry, and (as the Minnesota Independent article points out) they get into trouble sometimes because they go into public schools without disclosing their proselytizing mission until the kids actually show up at assembly. Their leader, Bradlee Dean, looks like a knock-off of Brett Michaels from “Rock of Love” and I’ve heard him witness on evangelical radio–he sounds like a twenty-something heavy metal James Dobson who’s just downed a case of Red Bulls.
But that’s not the point. The point is that Bachmann believes that separation of church and state is a myth, and that we are in the “last days” prophesied in the Bible. And she’s got tens of millions of supporters around the country these days. That, is the point.