PALIN 2.0: Michele Bachmann Signs Controversial Slavery Marriage Pledge
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has come under fire for signing a “Christian conservative pledge” that stated black children were better off during slavery than under President Barack Obama. Bachmann and fellow GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum both signed “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family,” a two-page document which condemns gay marriage, abortion, infidelity and pornography.
The opening statement of the pledge read:
“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”
Following the backlash, The Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative group responsible for the controversial pledge, subsequently removed the passage.
Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader, told Fox News, “After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued, and such misconstruction can detract from the core message of the Marriage Vow: that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man,” Adding, “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow. ”
A spokeswoman for the Bachmann campaign said, “She stands by the points that are outlined in the pledge. Particularly the ones for strong marriage. She’s been happily married for 32 years. That’s the focus of the pledge.”