Michele Bachmann's Anti-Gay Stance Makes Her An Irrational Presidential Candidate
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann passed a big test by winning the Iowa straw poll yesterday. In the eyes of her supporters, this victory gives her some solid momentum as the Presidential race ramps up.
However, Bachmann fails at a basic litmus test, one where you can assess one's sanity. This pertains to her anti-gay stance which is not only draconian, but flat out ludicrous.
Sure, Bachmann talks a good game about how she wants to unite America and put our country back on track. That's only if you're considered a human being by her standards - thus you have to be straight.
Bachmann's anti-gay stance is well-documented. Over the years she has openly blasted the gay and lesbian community and said their lifestyle is akin to a disease.
Let's turn back to 2004 at the EdWatch National Education Conference where she launched a verbal atomic bomb on the gay and lesbian community. Bachmann stated, “It’s part of Satan I think to say that this is “gay.” It’s anything but gay.”
Bachmann went on to say “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”
And, she didn't stop there when spewing her hate speech at this National Education Conference. Bachmann's verbal diarhea continued - “You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says “Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today.” The mother says “Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls.” The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, “Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay.” And you think, “Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna think that.” Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids? That’s child abuse.”
Bachman continued to rant about homosexuality and likened it to a disease when she was asked if homosexuality is a mental disorder. “Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders."
And, what does Bachmann think about homosexuality and how it threatens our children? Let me provide you with this doozy right here from her appearance on “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004. “Our children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and that perhaps they should try it, and that’ll be very soon in our public schools all across the state, beginning in kindergarten.”
Bachmann makes no bones about her dislike for President Obama and his failure to turn our economy around. She claims she has a plan to turn the economy around quickly. However, this isn't the most important issue for our nation, not now or even for the next 30 years.
She said in her own words that gay marriage is the biggest threat. On gay marriage: “This is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that.” She said this while as guest on the radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 20, 2004.
What do Michele Bachmann's kids think about gay people? It's clear that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. When she was asked about this in 2005 on the Tom Barnard Morning Show she was asked: “Answer the question, do you hate homos?” MB: “No, but ask my kids! (laughter)." (Tom Barnard Morning Show, KQRS, broadcast May 12, 2005)
When Bachmann appeared on NBC's Meet the Press this morning, David Gregory grilled her about her allegiance to God. She is adamant about her love for God and the fact that God told her to run for political office. When Gregory asked her if God will tell her what to do as a President she said "she would pray" if she were President without answering yes or no to his question. In other words, this is a woman who will let the voice of God make her decisions. It's one thing to be religious, but it's a serious issue if a leader is a religious fanatic. George W. Bush is a very religious man, but he sure as hell didn't admit that God's voice was in his head making decisions for him! Michele Bachmann definitely has some screws loose.
During her interview on Meet the Press she was clearly uncomfortable when David Gregory asked her the hard questions about her religious fervor and her extreme views against gays and stated that this isn't "what Americans care about." When Gregory asked her if a gay couple who adopts a child can be considered a family, Bachmann responded by saying that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Now, let's take a look at her husband Marcus, who may actually outdo her in the anti-gay department. Marcus Bachmann is a so-called "gay counselor- who masquerades as a therapist. In fact, Marcus Bachmann's ex-gay therapy clinic, which promises to cure people of this wretched illness (through conversion therapy) may have pocketed $161,000 in tax money! Thus, Marcus Bachmann is "curing" a make-believe illness and potentially using tax money while doing it.
For those of you who don't know about "conversion therapy" it is a type of therapy which attempts to change homosexuals into either heterosexuals or bi-sexuals through therapy. It's been proven to be ineffective and nothing more than snake oil. In other words, Bachmann's so-called psychologist husband is nothing more than a snake oil salesmen who dupes his customers into believing they'll turn their gay kids into non-gays.
Over the years, we have moved in the right direction with regards to gay and lesbian rights. President Barack Obama recently repealed the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. All of his good work would be undone by Bachmann though. Michele Bachmann stated that she'll reinstate it and ban any openly gay people who serve in the military. In Michele Bachmann's sick world - gay people are relegated to living in fear with this dreadful illness (which they choose to bring onto themselves) and if they do come out they are forced to go to reeducation clinics run by the likes of her husband.
Mark my words - Michele Bachmann will not be your next President. She's too unstable to serve as the President. Anyone with this type of hatred for people who are born a certain way is not fit to lead.
When you read Michele Bachmann's anti-gay quotes over the years - it's clear she's anything but a rational woman and certainly not cut out to be the President. Instead, she should consider taking over the Westboro Baptist Church and become the administrator of godhatesfags.com.
Contact Dennis Bakay at firstname.lastname@example.org