As Rep. Michelle Bachmann faces scrutiny for ties with a Lutheran church that believes the Pope is the anti-Christ, Catholic League president Bill Donohue said the congresswoman herself isn't anti-Catholic.
Although it is "regrettable that there are still strains of anti-Catholicism in some Protestant circles," Donohue said, "we find no evidence of any bigotry on the part of Rep. Michele Bachmann."
Rep. Bachmann made headlines this week when The Atlantic linked the presidential candidate with the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota.
The church community belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod - founded in 1850 with around 400,000 members today - which tightly adheres to the teachings of 16th century Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther.
The synod's "Doctrinal Statement on the Antichrist" claims that the Bible has "revealed" that the "Roman Papacy" is the anti-Christ.