Is Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign worried about her husband’s anti-gay clinic?
Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign came under fire after it was revealed this week that the candidate’s husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, runs a clinic that uses state funds to prescribe “ex-gay therapy” to patients.
“God designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman’s body, to be attracted to everything, to be attracted to her breasts,” one of the clinic’s counselors told a gay man recently.
While Mrs. Bachmann tried to bypass the controversy by saying, with a dash of willful ignorance, that she’s “proud” of the clinic’s work, Marcus Bachmann took to Minnesota’s Star-Tribune to defend himself.
According to Dr. Bachmann, the clinic does not regularly suggest “reparative” therapy. Rather, they follow the patients’ wishes, and that aforementioned patient, an undercover activist from the LGBT group Truth Wins Out, “came to [the clinic] under false pretense.”
“The truth of the matter is he specifically asked for help,” said Bachmann, suggesting that the undercover video released this week was nothing more than a hit piece against him and his wife.
As Dr. Bachmann tries to concoct a plausible explanation for his clinic’s dubious anti-gay practices, he’s also now claiming that audio recording of him calling gays “barbarians” has been altered.
In a 2010 interview with the Christian radio show ‘Point of View,” Bachmann was asked how parents should deal with LGBT teenagers, to which the good doctor replied, “We have to understand: Barbarians need to be educated… They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road.”
He went on, “What is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.”
Despite Bachmann’s clear denunciation of homosexuality, he now says that he wasn’t talking about the gays at all: “I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That’s not my mindset. That’s not my belief system. That’s not the way I would talk.”
The audio, which I’ve included below, is quite clear, and no amount of conspiracy theories can change the fact that Bachmann was undoubtedly talking about gay people when he used the term “barbarians.”
News that Dr. Bachmann felt the need to explain and defend himself has many wondering whether the Bachmann presidential campaign, already mired in anti-gay filth, sees her husband’s past as a potential electoral complication.
“That Marcus Bachmann would go on the record to discuss these charges is likely a sign that his wife’s campaign views the issue as a real liability, even in the short term,” writes Alexander Burns at Politico. “The notion that Marcus Bachmann was involved in trying to ‘cure’ homosexuality would presumably be most damaging to Michele Bachmann in a general election, or later down the primary calendar.”
Even if Dr. Bachmann can deny the “ex-gay” allegations, he and his wife may — and should — have a tough time explaining their idea that homosexuality is a choice, an idea that implicitly endorses the “ex-gay” therapy’s primary point: that gay people can be changed into “normal people,” and therefore integrated into an “ideal” society.
The rest of the queers, meanwhile, should be demonized, discriminated against and shunned.
Here’s audio of Dr. Bachmann’s “barbarian” remark, which comes in at about the 2:45 mark: