Undercover Operation Reveals Michele Bachmann’s Family Clinic Practices Discredited, Dangerous “Gay Cure” Therapy
Michele Bachmann’s husband is a liar.
When asked if his Christian counseling clinic, Bachmann & Associates, tried to convert gay patients into heterosexuals, Dr. Marcus Bachmann said “that’s a false statement.”
But following an undercover investigation in which an activist from Truth Wins Out posed as a Bachmann & Associates patient and recorded his session with a hidden camera, it is now clear that Bachmann & Associates does indeed practice “gay cure” therapy, which has been completely discredited and even deemed life-threatening.
Worse, Bachmann & Associates has received $161,000 in state and federal funding.
According to The Nation, Truth Wins Out activist John Becker infiltrated Bachmann & Associates, posing as a devout Christian who was struggling with homosexuality. His therapist assured him that he could be “cured” because “at the core value… in terms of how God created us, we’re all heterosexual… God has created you for heterosexuality.” Becker was told to pray, read the Bible and “develop” his masculinity. Exactly how he was supposed to do that is unclear, but Becker was urged to find a heterosexual “sponsor” to help him. He was also referred to Outpost Ministries, a church that supposedly helps “the sexually and relationally broken find healing and restoration through relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Another former Bachmann & Associates patient, Andrew Ramirez, told The Nation that “being gay was not an acceptable lifestyle in God’s eyes” and that it was possible to ‘pray away the gay.’
The notion that homosexuals are somehow “broken” or “diseased” is a central theme in Bachmann & Associates– and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s– worldview. Dr. Bachmann has referred to gays as “barbarians” who “need to be educated” and “disciplined.” Michele has equated teaching about homosexuality in schools with “child abuse” and has referred to homosexuality as a “sexual dysfunction.”
Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) shockingly but not surprisingly says she is “very proud of her business.” The clinic has been her family’s main source of income since she quit her tax law practice to become a politician.
Bachmann’s homophobic husband is also her main political adviser.
While Dr. Bachmann may have a PhD in clinical psychology, he seems to be ignorant of the fact that following a two-year task force study to determine the efficacy of so-called “reparative therapy,” an investigation which pored over 83 different studies, the American Psychological Association (APA) voted 125-4 to repudiate “gay cure” therapy.
Moreover, the APA found that such “therapy” was dangerous; it could cause severe depression and even suicidal tendencies among patients. “The harm is that when people are already in distress, and feeling conflict about their religion and their sexuality, to tell them they can change if they work hard enough, when in fact they can’t do that … just makes their distress and their shame — their depression — even worse,” Clinton Anderson of the APA told ABC News.
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