Former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann has apologized for what she says are ignorant remarks she has made in the past about Jews during a joint Christian and Jewish Bible study at the Israeli legislature in Jerusalem Sunday.
“First, I know that in ignorance … I have stated things that I should have not have said,” the 62-year-old Bachmann said during the Bible study held at the Knesset just one day before the official opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.
“And, I apologize, profoundly apologize and repent and ask forgiveness from Almighty God for my statements that, though said in ignorance, have brought pain. For that, I sincerely apologize.”
The first-ever Jerusalem Day joint Jewish-Christian Bible study was attended by over 180 people, including Bachmann and San Diego megachurch pastor Jim Garlow, both of whom serve as informal evangelical advisors to the Donald Trump administration. The session was also attended by Garlow’s wife, Rosemary Schindler Garlow.
The interfaith Bible study was organized by Likud lawmaker Yehudah Glick and sponsored by the Garlows’ Schindler Society and Israel 365, an organization founded to serve as a bridge between Jews and Christians.
When it was Bachmann’s turn to speak, she explained that God is “changing the world” and “changing my heart in the way that I personally view so many things.”
“I can see that God is intervening on behalf of His beloved Jewish people without any help from anyone else,” Bachmann stated. “I’d like to join Rosemary Schindler Garlow in the repentance that she has extended to the Jewish people in the previous gathering of the Schindler’s Society for the horrible, and yes I would say the arrogant way that Christians — I would include myself among them — have treated and regarded the Jewish people.”
“Again, I agree with Rosemary Schindler Garlow. We ask forgiveness from the Jewish people for what it is we have done,” Bachmann continued. “We take responsibility and recognition for that.”