These past few months it has become nearly impossible to turn on
a TV or read a paper without seeing Michele Bachmann’s name
plastered everywhere. With the media coverage Bachmann has been
receiving, you would think it was due to her profound vision for
the future of America, or for her strong character and passion for
people — or at least that she is the second coming.
Some may argue that she in fact represents all of those
qualities, but the reality is that she is the antitheses of what
Bachman’s values are rooted in the same hatred and “isms” that
have brought tragedy throughout history. Veiling her anti-gay
sentiments with religion and “protecting our children” rhetoric
isn’t convincing. It makes me sick to think that others would fall
for her charade and elect a flagrant bigot as the next president of
the United States of America, arguably the leader of the world.
She has a longstanding history of spewing bias against the gay
community: She began her anti-gay crusade in Minnesota through
legislation in 2004 with a constitutional ban on gay marriage, and
it isn’t about to stop.
A presidential candidate has no place evangelizing on the
campaign trails; it is tacky and offensive. We have a separation of
church and state for a reason: to free us from a theocracy. Freedom
of religion is one thing, but shameless assertion of bigotry on
behalf of your faith tradition should automatically discount a
You may think that she has the freedom to discuss her religious
views, and I’d agree with you. But she doesn’t just share them, she
imposes them upon others through legislation. My own interpretation
of the church-state separation clause of the Constitution is that
even favoring religion over no religion at all is still favoring
religion. There mustn’t be any presence of religion if we want true
Bachmann has an interesting way of grass-roots activism, but it
isn’t what you’d typically think about. She appears on Christian
radio talk shows very frequently. “You Can Run, But You Cannot
Hide!”, one such radio show that Bachmann supports, preaches some
of the worst hate proudly.
Bradlee Dean, the program’s host, discusses his Christian
opposition to being gay quite frequently — he was quoted from his
live show once as saying, “Muslims are calling for the executions
of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they, themselves,
are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the
Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the
American Christians do, because these people are livid about
enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an
Congresswoman Bachmann has donated to “You Can Run” on numerous
occasions. Do we really want someone who condones such death
threats? If Dean is the type of individual with whom she aligns
herself, she is obviously lacking either professional decorum or a
healthy moral center. I think one of her more offensive and
ludicrous quotes is, “You have a teacher talking about his gayness.
(An 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 8. 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? That’s
child abuse.” This was from a conference with an organization she
was a part of in Minnesota called Ed Watch.
She’s also called the movie “The Lion King” gay propaganda
because Elton John wrote the music. I mean, come on. Are you
It just seems illogical that she, as a presidential candidate,
would tout her religious intolerance of the gay community with
false propaganda. I mean seriously, if you look at any of the
things she says/is doing with her husband’s clinic with reparative
therapy to help “un-gay” people, you’d see that EVERY SINGLE
professional organization (the American Psychological Association
being one) has stated that her beliefs are false and have no
I could go on and on about her, and so could many others. I’m
just hoping that the people of Iowa will see through her
smoke-and-mirrors side show. Michele Bachmann is a fascist and has
no place impacting the lives of others through public office.
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