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Being a Christian doesn't mean you're a homophobic miscreant. My sister is a pretty devout Christian who believes people have a right to be who they are, gay or straight. However, there's a dark shroud that covers some members of the extreme religious right. I simply don't understand the hatred they feel towards the gay community. I know it can make you some big bucks via the Pat Robertson/Jerry Falwell route and they blamed 9/11 partially on the gays so I guess the the cash is enticing to some.
When trying to figure out where presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gets her stringent, anti-gay views, you only have to look as far as her husband. Dr. Marcus Bachmann, who has described himself as his wife’s “strategist,” runs a Christian-based counseling center in Minnesota that has been rumored to offer reparative treatment for those looking to “ungay” themselves.
Just last summer, Dr. Bachmann explained his position on homosexuality while offering theoretical advice to parents concerned that one of their children was gay.
BACHMANN: 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. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…
And let’s face it: 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.
Let's educate them straight. That's the ticket. If the MSM reports on this I'd look for Michele to say she doesn't share the exact views of her husband and she shouldn't be judged by his words. Only we have her words and actions on her anti-Gay agenda:
Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who will officially announce her run for president Monday, said today she would support a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman, thereby overturning New York's new law legalizing gay marriage.
And then there's her nasty behavior in Minnestoa back in 2003.
In 2003, after the Massachusetts Supreme Court issued its famous ruling permitting gay marriage, Bachmann proposed an amendment to the Minnesota constitution banning gay marriage — despite the fact that the state legislature had already passed a law making same-sex unions illegal. Even the politicians who were sufficiently gay-phobic to have passed the original anti-marriage law were floored by the brazen pointlessness of Bachmann's bill. "It's unnecessary, it's redundant, it's duplicative," said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Ann Rest.
She's long held these views and seems to have worked harder in the Minnesota legislature at passing anti gay initiatives than she ever did on any bill since being elected to Congress.