The hyper-partisan Joshua Green is taking over the Andrew Sullivan Chair Of Reasoned Discourse at The Atlantic, apparently. He thought it would be brilliant to raise a hot button issue from 500 years ago into the Republican nomination process. What issue? The Reformation.
Yes, it's apparently news to the fine journalistic minds over at The Atlantic that Catholics anathematized Lutherans and that Lutherans consider the papacy to have the marks of the anti-Christ. We probably shouldn't tell them about the 30 Years War, either.
Well, apparently they want us to believe that Lutheran views on the papacy are a very serious stumbling block to Bachmann gaining the presidency. Right ....
Now, what's particularly choice about all this is that while I'm Lutheran, Bachmann isn't. She was affiliated with conservative Lutheran church body for decades but as any Lutheran will probably tell you, she really didn't sound Lutheran during her entire public life. But even so, she left the church officially last year.
Anyway, I critiqued this style of coverage over at GetReligion. But what do you think? Is voting for a Lutheran just a bridge too far for you?