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‘Douche du Jour’: Marcus Bachmann, Michele’s Husband, Called Gays “Barbarians” who “Need to be Educated” and “Disciplined”

Dr. Marcus Bachmann, husband of Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), calls himself a Christian. As such, he ought to have compassion for his fellow human beings. All of them. Alas, the man who calls himself his wife’s “strategist” has so much hatred and bigotry in his heart that he has unabashedly and publicly advocated the punishment of homosexuals.

Last year, Dr. Bachmann was a guest on Point of View Radio Talk Show. Here’s the advice he gave to parents who worry about their children being gay:

“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.”

This man is a psychologist? More disturbingly, he is the husband of a woman who has captured the hearts– and likely the votes– of tens of millions of Americans. Her folksy fundamentalism resonates strongly with not only Tea Party types but also especially with evangelical Christians. I am going out on a limb here (just a little), but I bet Michele shares her husband’s shockingly bigoted and hateful views towards tens of millions of Americans who are not heterosexual.

There’s more. According to ThinkProgress, Dr. Bachmann runs a Christian- based counseling center in Minnesota that is rumored to offer “gay cure” therapy that has been proven to be little more than pure quackery. And here’s where Michele comes into the picture: in 2005, the couple hosted sessions at a pastor’s summit. Michele’s session was dedicated to pushing a discriminatory anti-same-sex marriage amendment she was trying to enact into law. Marcus’s session was disgustingly called “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda.”

According to ThinkProgress, at least one attendee had to leave the session in disgust after Dr. Bachmann– a doctor who ought to know better– opined that homosexuality was a choice. He even paraded three so-called “ex-gays” onto the stage as proof that faggotry was a reversible ailment. “If I was born gay, then I’ll have to be born again,” one of them said, and was answered with roaring applause from the rabidly homophobic audience.

Of course, Michele Bachmann says that as a compassionate Christian, she loves homosexuals. Just listen to what she once said about them when she was a state Senator back in 2004:

“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.”

Wow. Ladies and gentlemen, this woman could possibly be the next President of these United States of America. And you thought George W. Bush was bad? Too bad I don’t believe in superstitious cults like Christianity, because if I did, I would pray oh-so-hard that one or more of the Bachmann’s children comes out of the closet as a raging bull dyke or a cock-chugging queen!

Guess who the nice folks at Westboro Baptist Church want to be our next President?

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4 Comments

  1. jack frostJune 30, 2011 at 9:28 amReply

    No Mr. Bachman, we are opening the doors of knowledge to our children. You cant stop a person from being who they are no more than I can stop you from being a total idiot.

  2. Roedy GreenJune 30, 2011 at 2:45 pmReply

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    Listen to Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s voice. This man hung out in the early 60s with “nelly” queens and picked up the accent. Like many closeted gays of that era, he camouflages his homosexuality by rabidly attacking gays in general. I did exactly the same thing in my teens.

  3. AnneAugust 28, 2011 at 6:32 pmReply

    I’ve been wondering how Marcus Bachmann can be referred to as a psychologist when the American Psychological Association has taken such a strong stand against reparative therapy and homosexuality as anything other than a natural variant of human sexuality. How could he be a psychologist and at the same time so flagrantly violate the APA’s ethical code (http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/resolution97_text.html).

    Thing is, Marcus Bachmann may call himself “doctor.” Anyone can call themselves doctor, it’s not a legally protected term. He may also represent himself as someone who is qualified to provide “clinical therapy,” (see his website: http://www.bachmanncounseling.com/lake-elmo/) but he is not a psychologist.

    Marcus is not licensed under the Minnesota Board of Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Behavioral Health and Therapy boards (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58291_Page2.html). Take a look at his website again, and compare his bio against those of the people he employs. See the difference? Unlike the majority of other employees at his clinic, there’s no mention of being a licensed psychologist or licensed family and marriage therapist on his bio.

    How is he able to do this? Because, according to the Minnesota Psychological Association, “Minnesota is one of the only states in which you can practice mental health without a license.” Basically, in Minnesota, if you think you can provide mental health services, you are a mental health service provider. Nobody has to check to see if you’re actually trained to provide mental health services in a competent and ethical manner.

    The fact that he, with no observable qualifications and with practices that are in clear violation of the ethical code put forth by the governing body of professionals who are actually licensed to provide mental health treatment, is entrusted to work “with ages 5 and older” makes my skin crawl.

    Caveat emptor, eh?

    • Brett WilkinsAugust 28, 2011 at 10:50 pmReplyAuthor

      Caveat emptor indeed! Anyone seeking psychological help from a Bachmann ought to have their head examined…

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