There's this little brouhaha going on about Michele Bachmann and a reporter who asked her about her belief that wives should be submissive to their husbands. People who are calling foul on the question are saying that it's 'personal' and 'anti-Christian'.
Look, first of all, I don't like Michele Bachmann. I don't like her politics and I find her personality almost as grating as Sarah Palin. I don't agree with her on about a million things (ALL the things, as far as I can tell. We may not even agree that the Earth is round) and my soul would *die* if she became President. And I doubt we'd ever be friends. I know that breaks everyones hearts! :D
That being said, I think that the question was a fair one. Bachmann has made much of her evangelical Christian beliefs as she courts the religious right. It is a valid question, based on the fact that she has stated, in an interview, that the only reason she pursued a Tax Law degree was because her husband told her to and that she obeyed him because he had authority over her. She did not want to pursue the degree. She did something she disagreed with (or so it seems) because her husband told her to.
I think that's something that, theoretically, has bearing on her (God forbid!) Presidency. I know that there's always concern over the influence that the spouse of the President may exert on the President, and I think this is at least partially that. But the question becomes a little more important because we don't know, and have no real way of knowing, how much she and her husband subscribe to this belief. How does it play out in their lives? It's clearly not merely a religious context, as in he leads prayer, etc. It does impact their secular lives.
And if that works for them, then fine. I don't have to like it, or their application of it, to accept it as a lifestyle choice for them. But, and there's always that 'but'. But the possibility of that impacting the way she (God forbid!) runs the country must be explored.
It's something that she brought into the light, something that she is apparently proud of and believes in. And it's something that needs to be explored so that voters can make informed decisions.
Or that's my take on it anyway. It all boils down to this - I don't think the question was out of line. And, you know what, if she was someone else. Let's say, in a totally theoretical, this will never happen in my lifetime or the lives of my childrens children, a Muslimah. You think all the people howling about the question being asked of Bachmann wouldn't be howling that same question at the Muslimah candidate just as loud and more viciously? I think they would be. And probably worse.