Last month, in an interview with conservative radio show “Faith and Liberty,” Michele Bachmann had some interesting insight into the LGBT agenda. While making it known that the conservative “message is to spread goodness and joy and wholeness and healing, and we do that through a loving God,” she accused gays of wanting to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually.” I, personally, was unaware that marriage equality movement supported abolishing age of consent laws? Perhaps this is because that is entirely absurd. Alas, the Bachmann family is no stranger to making controversial statements concerning the LGBT community. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest hits.
March 2014: Gay Bullies
In response to Arizona’s pro-discrimination bill, Bachmann lamented the presence of the LGBT community. “The thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.”
July 2011: Gay Reparative Therapy
In the wake of scandal surrounding the Bachmann family’s private practice and Medicaid payments, a separate scandal emerged when therapists within their clinic were caught on camera engaging in “gay reparative therapy.”
November 2011: Gay people can get married. Just to members of the same sex
While campaigning in Iowa, Bachmann addressed audience questions with an interesting assertion – that gay people can get married so long as it is to a person of the opposite sex. This video might be my favorite, due to it’s awkwardness. What should be concerning, however, is that there are some people in the audience applauding Bachmann’s idiotic responses.
November 2005: “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda”
Marcus Bachmann delivered a presentation called “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda” at the Minnesota Pastors’ Summit. To conclude, he brought up three LGBT citizens who claimed they were “cured” of homosexuality. As per usual, Bachmann later detached from the notion that he supports gay reparative therapy, stating ““If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that, but if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.”
2004: Homosexuals are “barbarians who need to be educated and disciplined”
In stark contrast to his statement that he “doesn’t have a problem” with homosexuals who want to “stay” homosexual, Marcus Bachmann had the following to say: “Barbarians need to be educated, they need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels it or thinks it, doesn’t mean we need to go down that road”
November 2004: Something about the Lion King?
At the November 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference, Bachmann said the “normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”: “Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of “The Lion King,” for instance, and a teacher might say, “Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?” The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”
2004: National Education Leadership lecture
On Homosexuality: “It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous…”
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?
2004: Melissa Etheridge and Breast Cancer
The conservative education group, EdWatch, quoted Bachmann pontificating about Melissa Etheridge: “Unfortunately she is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers. This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.” I wonder how Bachmann feels now that Etheridge is a breast cancer survivor, yet still a lesbian? In the same speech, she alleges that “almost all, if not all, individuals who have gone into the lifestyle have been abused at one time in their life, either by a male or by a female.”
So, we all know Michelle Bachmann is a quack. It is both laughable and unsettling that she was actually considered by some to be a viable presidential candidate. Yet, I can already hear the comments on Reddit: “Why are we still talking about her!?” We are still talking about her because it is being reported that she may seek the presidency again in 2016. I feel it is important to call out these outrageous statements and the people that make them. I also find it fascinating, much like extra-terrestrials or the Chronicles of Narnia. Only these are real life politicians, elected into office. Scary.