Michele Bachmann

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Fischer: The Bachmanns Are Victims Of A Hate Crime Based On Their Heterosexual Orientation

Bryan Fischer has been dedicating a lot of airtime on his radio program this week to defending Michele and Marcus Bachmann in the wake of reports Marcus' clinic practices and promotes "ex-gay therapy."

And it was a topic to which he returned today, where he claimed that the Bachmanns were the victims of religious discrimination and a hate crime "based on their sexual orientation":

The Bible teaches that a change in sexual orientation is possible. This is a biblical principle, it is a biblical proclamation, it is a biblical assertion and Marcus Bachmann and his wife Michele Bachmann believe that. They believe that sexual orientation, a change in sexual orientation, is possible because that's what the Bible teaches. So that makes this attack on them a blatant example of religious bigotry.

They have been the victims of religious discrimination. They have been the victims of religious bigotry, of bigotry and discrimination and hatred that is directed against them because of their religious beliefs. In other words, this is bordering on a hate crime. You could also make the point that this bigotry against the Bachmanns is based on their sexual orientation. They have a heterosexual orientation and pro-homosexual bigots are trying to discriminate against them, they're trying to threaten them, they're trying to harass them because of their normal orientation, their heterosexual orientation.

Bryan Fischer Promotes Ex-Gay Therapy

Ever since the media started examining reports that the clinic operated by Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus practices "ex-gay therapy," the Religious Right has been in a tizzy and come rushing to their defense.

So it was no surprise to see Bryan Fischer doing his part, though in this case it was Dr. Tim Rampey (who, oddly, was promoted as the author of "America Fooled: The Truth About Antidepressants, Antipsychotics And How We've Been Deceived," though the book cover says it was written by "Dr. Timothy Scott") who reached out to Fischer and offered to come on to his program and defend the practice.

During the extended discussion, Rampey complained that the mental health profession was misleading the public into believing that gays and lesbians are born that way and there used to be all sorts of studies disproving that idea - like "Calvin's Rat Universe" - but those studies have been removed from all textbooks.  Rampey went on to claim that gay men were hated by their fathers and asserted that there is absolutely no evidence that efforts to change sexual orientation are harmful:

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Michele Bachmann's church thinks the Pope is the Antichrist.
  • The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing to stop Rick Perry's prayer rally.
  • I am looking forward to Bryan Fischer complaining again about how the nation is feminizing the Medal of Honor.
  • Peter LaBarbera says giving gay equality just makes Muslim hate the US even more.
  • I think it is funny to see David Brody complain about other reporter's lack of journalism standards. 
  • The Family Leader's Bob VanderPlaats does damage control.

FRC: Pray For Bachmann's Ex-Gay Clinic

The Family Research Council has been adamantly defending the clinic founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband since an undercover investigation revealed that the clinic was practicing discredited ‘ex-gay’ reparative therapy. The Religious Right group, which recently urged people to pray for countries that criminalize homosexuality, wants members to pray for anti-gay laws and clinics that offer “help for homosexuals to break free from addiction to homosexuality.” The FRC writes in its latest prayer alert:

Christian Counseling under Assault – This week a homosexual activist group reported findings from their undercover “sting” operation at Minnesota Christian counseling clinic owned by Republican Presidential candidate Michelle Bachman and her husband, Marcus. Sympathetic national media seemed shocked that the Christian counseling center offered help for homosexuals to break free from addiction to homosexuality through faith in Jesus Christ. Where will the homosexual assault on religious liberty stop?

May God open the eyes of all Americans to the truth regarding natural marriage and sexuality vs. homosexuality as well as homosexual rights vs. religious liberty. May officials at every level stand up for natural marriage and sexuality. May the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and state marriage amendments be upheld in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. May our military men be protected from the introduction of homosexuality into their ranks. May we all stand up for our First Amendment freedoms! (Ps 82: all; Is 42:6-7; Mt 19:4; Rom 1:24-28; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 2 Tim 2:24-25)

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • The New York Times profiles Mike Bickle and his International House of Prayer.
  • Ralph Reed is supporting Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response" prayer rally.
  • The Family Leader drops the crazy slavery language from its candidate pledge.
  • The ACLJ's "Ground Zero Mosque" lawsuit has been tossed out of court.
  • Glenn Beck is moving to Texas.  That sounds about right.
  • Apparently conservatives just need to be more militant.
  • Don't tell the Tea Party, but Michele Bachmann used to work for the IRS.

Perry and Bachmann Heading to Liberty U In September

If you are thinking that you might like to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 and Jerry Falwell's Liberty University invites you to come and speak, you say "of course, I would love to do so" ... which is why Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann will both be speaking there in September:

Two Republican presidential prospects, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, will speak at Liberty University this fall, LU Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said today.

Bachmann, founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, is an announced candidate for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

Perry, in his 10th year as governor of Texas, has said publicly that he's thinking about running for the GOP nomination for president. He, too, is popular with tea party followers.

"Since Liberty is the world's largest Christian university, we think it is important to expose the students to as many candidates as possible," Falwell said.

Candidates should be able to take some cues from the students, as well, Falwell said.

"How well they are received at Liberty will be a good indicator for how they will be received in Christian circles nationwide," Falwell said.

Perry will speak at one of LU's thrice-weekly convocations on Sept 14.

Bachmann is scheduled to speak at a convocation Sept. 28.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Coral Ridge Ministries is now to be known as Truth in Action Ministries.
  • FRC is very relieved to learn that no gay person has been appointed to the RNC.
  • Will Michele Bachmann be this election's Mike Huckabee?
  • Gordon Klingenschmitt wants GOP presidential candidates "to make a major campaign speech endorsing H.R. 297, to defund the U.N. if they seize Israeli land."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Burt Prelutsky: "As for gay-pride parades, I can hardly imagine anything goofier. What is it exactly that they're so proud of? That their sexual activity will never lead to the birth of a baby, but only, tragically on occasion, to a dreadful disease?"

Remembrance of Bachmann Things Past: Her Ties To Janet Porter

In 2009, Janet Porter of Faith 2 Action organized a right-wing conference in St. Louis called "How To Take Back America" that was co-sponsored by the likes of WorldNetDaily, The American Family Association, Vision America, Liberty Counsel, and WallBuilders.  The keynote speakers at the conference were Mike Huckabee and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The line-up at this conference was so radical that we put together a report on the participants which gave special attention to the truly fringe views espouse by Porter: 

It is probably impossible to overstate the extremism and lunacy of Janet Porter, whose radio program and Faith2Action.org website gives her a platform for promoting the most unhinged of conspiracy theories.

Porter is Mike Huckabee's biggest fan. She first fell in love when she organized the 2007 Values Voter Debate to which she had personally invited a gospel choir to sing "Why Should God Bless America?" and after which Porter (then Folger) declared that Huckabee had been revealed as the answer to Christians' prayers for a presidential candidate who shared their views, proclaiming him to be the "David among Jesse's sons." During the presidential primaries, she started a front group to attack Huckabee's arch nemesis Mitt Romney and wrote columns claiming that only Huckabee could prevent Hillary Clinton from throwing all Christians into prison and save her fantasy world from this "evil queen and her dragon of slaughter."

She has since claimed that God has cursed America for voting for Obama, that anyone who voted for him is bound for hell , and that anyone who has ever voted for a pro-choice candidate is also living under a curse. She has actively pushed the Birther conspiracies and even alleged that Obama's presidency was the culmination of a decade-long Communist conspiracy twenty years in the making. After the election, but before the inauguration, she called on God to prevent Obama from taking office, while warning that "AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN" to this nation because we deserve God's judgment.

Among other fears she has recently been stoking: the Obama administration is creating internment camps for conservatives and building mass evacuation buses to take them there, while warning that the H1N1 flu vaccine is really a nefarious plot by the government to kill millions of Americans. She helped to create and inflate the Right's false claims that a Department of Homeland Security report was equating conservatives and veterans with terrorists; as noted above, she's now pushing comparisons between the Obama administration and the rise of Nazism.

Porter has written a book called "The Criminalization of Christianity" and claims that hate crimes legislation will lead to Christians being thrown in jail. More recently she's joined the chorus of extremists falsely claiming that the bill would "give heightened protection to pedophiles." As part of her campaign against hate crimes legislation, Porter has repeatedly invited on to her radio show Ted Pike, a rabid anti-Semite who claims hate crimes laws are part of a Jewish plot for world domination.

Of course, the radical views held by Porter and the others in no way dissuaded Bachmann from attending.  In fact, Bachmann appeared on Porter's radio program ahead of the event and used it as an opportunity to praiser her and endorse the May Day at the Lincoln Memorial prayer event Porter was planning for the following spring:

That May Day event ended up being so infused with Seven Mountains Dominion Theology that Porter lost her radio program and almost ended her career at a Religious Right activist, until she showed up in Ohio earlier this year where she began scheduling fetuses to "testify" on behalf of her extremist anti-choice "Heartbeat Bill."  In her downtime, she was busy praying for God to give Christians control over the media and every level of government.

But none of that seemed to bother Bachmann, who joined Porter, Joseph Farah, and others in promoting Porter's "Pink Slip" campaign to warn members of Congress that they would lose their jobs if they voted for legislation opposed by the Right:

In 2008, Porter was a key supporter of Mike Huckabee.  But with Huckabee declining to run for President this time around, Porter's endorsement is still up in the air. 

But given the already existing ties between Bachmann and Porter (and judging by the poll Porter is currently running on her website) it seems increasingly like that Bachmann could wind up being her candidate of choice.

Remembrance of Bachmann Things Past: Praying To Stop Healthcare Reform

Given that Rep. Michele Bachmann is now running for president and among the Republican frontrunners, I was going through our Bachmann archives collecting past posts chronicling the absolute fringe Religious Right leaders with whom Bachmann has eagerly associated herself since getting elected to Congress.

In doing so, I noticed that we had lost our video of Bachmann and Lou Engle at the Family Research Council's 2009 "Prayercast" which was organized in order to seek God's intervention in preventing the passage of health care reform.

And so I thought it might be a good idea to get that video reposted:

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • WorldNetDaily is actually following through on its threat to sue Esquire over its parody article.
  • On a semi-related note, the Southern Baptist Convention does not, in fact, support gay marriage.
  • Michele Bachmann does not seem too concerned about the fact that Tom Petty doesn't want her using "American Girl."
  • The Christian Coalition echoes Bryan Fischer, who echoes anti-miscegenation arguments.
  • Finally, Roy Moore fell off his horse.

Janet Porter's Heartbeat Bill Passes Ohio State House

The Ohio State House finally voted on and passed Janet Porter’s “Heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize abortion in most cases. Conspicuously absent was a statement from the state’s leading anti-choice group, the Ohio Right to Life Society, which actually opposed the bill because it is blatantly unconstitutional. Now Porter’s prized legislation moves on to the Senate, and her group Faith2Action released a congratulatory statement:

“For every battle weary pro-lifer who didn't see how children were going to be protected in our lifetime, come see what God is doing in Ohio. Protection for babies with beating hearts is within reach for the first time since Roe stripped their rights away. I have never been more hopeful for restoring protection to babies with beating hearts than I am right now,” declared Janet (Folger) Porter, president of Ohio-based Faith2Action and a former legislative director for Ohio Right to Life.

In meetings with bill supporters, several of the state senators have expressed interest in serving as a sponsor or co-sponsor for the bill.

The bill was backed by a number of national Republican figures including presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich, and Porter even had two fetuses “testify” in favor of the bill.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Despite having accomplished next to nothing legislatively, Rep. Michele Bachmann is running for president.
  • But she is confident that the Republican Party will "be very happy" with her serving as the GOP presidential nominee.
  • Of course, her former Chief of Staff says Bachmann is entirely unready to be president.
  • Herman Cain is looking for people who "have been abused by the EPA" ... so he can put them in charge of the EPA when he becomes president.
  • But before he can do that, he better start looking for people to staff his campaign in New Hampshire.
  • When Glenn Beck heads to Israel for his next rally, he will also address a Knesset committee to "discuss how to fight the delegitimization of Israel around the world."

Understanding Bachmann's View That The Founders Opposed Slavery

Today Michele Bachmann refused to back down from her previous claim that the Founding Fathers, many of whom were slaveholders, actually opposed slavery. She cited John Quincy Adams, who was nine years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed, to prove her argument that the Founders worked to end slavery. But Bachmann’s belief that the Founding Fathers were actually abolitionists makes sense in the world of conservative alternative history created by David Barton.

Bachmann is a fan of Barton and even invited the pseudo-historian to address members of Congress in a lecture sponsored by her House Tea Party Caucus. Barton insists that Founders were not only devoted opponents of slavery, but actually fought the revolution against Britain to end it. Even though Britain abolished slavery two decades before the U.S., Barton insists that the War of Independence was really about America’s desire to end slavery against Britain’s wishes:

Fischer Defends Bachmann By Saying Liberals Are Just "Reminding Us Of The Clear Connection Between Homosexuality And Pedophilia"

Bryan Fischer weighs in on Michele Bachmann's "John Wayne" gaffe ... by claiming that all the Left is doing by mocking her is "reminding us of the clear connection between homosexuality and pedophilia":

They are going out of their way to remind us of John Wayne Gacy, who was a homicidal homosexual pedophile who raped and murdered 33 boys and young men, most of whom he buried in the crawl space of his house. The rest he dumped off a bridge into the Des Plaines River.

So liberals, by going out of their way to snarkily remind us of John Wayne Gacy, are inadvertently reminding us of the clear connection between homosexuality and pedophilia, which isn’t the smartest thing they’ve ever done.

Homosexuals comprise less than three percent of the population, but are responsible for fully a third of all instances of pedophilia. A study of 229 convicted child molesters in Archives of Sexual Behavior revealed that 86% of the offenders against males self-identified as homosexual or bisexual. Eighty-six percent!

Bottom line: homosexual or bisexual men are about 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men. Big “Whoops!” for the libs on this one. And they’ve got no one but themselves to blame.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann announced (again) her intention to run for president.
  • And she is off to a great start.
  • The Family Research Council says that passage of marriage equality in New York was the result of "enormous political coercion [that] resulted in a profound failure of moral courage in the New York Senate."
  • The National Organization for Marriage is pledging $2 million to defeat the NY Republicans who voted for the marriage equality bill.
  • Bryan Fischer continues his hate crime crusade.
  • Finally, part two of Randall Terry's interview with Rick Santorum was disappointingly dull.
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Michele Bachmann Posts Archive

Brian Tashman, Tuesday 04/23/2013, 11:50am
Michele Bachmann has heartily endorsed the WorldNetDaily prayer effort to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks by praying against terrorism, nuclear war and homosexuality. WND editor and birther leader Joseph Farah claimed today that the day of prayer is needed to stop comprehensive immigration reform, the government’s supposed plans to stockpile weapons to “impose de facto firearms restrictions on citizens” and gay rights advocates who seek to “make the citizenry of Sodom and Gomorrah blush.” Have you ever had the feeling the nation is on the brink... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 04/18/2013, 5:35pm
Things just keep getting better for Michele Bachmann. Anti-Semitic slurs are probably not helping the GOP’s rebranding effort.  Here’s someone who won’t be featured anytime soon in NOM’s Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.  In case you haven’t already lost faith in Congress, Republican congressman Jeff Duncan is now citing the Drudge Report as a “reputable news source.” Quote of the day from Don Feder: “Our president isn't about border security or national security or protecting the lives of innocent... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 04/15/2013, 11:45am
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will be joining some of the most extreme right-wing activists in the country at the upcoming Awakening 2013 conference. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 03/26/2013, 4:45pm
Yesterday, it was reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann was under investigation for improperly using PAC donations to pay her staff during her presidential campaign ... and, for Glenn Beck, this is simply further proof that the United States government has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. As Beck sees it, Bachmann has been a target of the Brotherhood for a long time because she has been "uber clear" about the threat posed by the organization and so, in retaliation, the State Department has been relocating hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees into her congressional district.... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 03/25/2013, 5:30pm
Things continue not going well for Michele Bachmann. Matt Barber says that if the Supreme Court doesn't make the correct rulings on DOMA and Prop 8, it "will literally shake Western civilization to the core." Literally? Richard Land likewise weighs in, saying "we should not think that our nation will escape God's judgment if we redefine what God has already defined. We are certain that the omniscient and omnipotent God is aware of our nation's debate about marriage and that He is watching what we do." Jeb Bush praises his brother, the former... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 03/21/2013, 5:35pm
PFAW: Bush’s Court: How the D.C. Circuit Threatens the Future of Progressive Reform. Zack Ford @ Think Progress: House Republicans’ Final Written Argument Against Marriage Equality: Nuh-Uh! Meenal Vamburkar @ Mediaite: GOP Senator On Gay Marriage: ‘I’m Not Gay, So I’m Not Going To Marry One.’ Jeremy Hooper: FRC literally praying for Olson, Boies, et al. to have bad day in court. Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Former Obama Official Compares Glenn Beck's Attacks to Orwell's "Two Minutes Hate." David Edwards @ Raw Story:... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 03/21/2013, 5:31pm
Note to Michele Bachmann, when even Bill O'Reilly is ripping you to shreds, it is time to give it up. Bryan Fischer wants to know why every lawyer working at the Department of Justice hasn't been disbarred for refusing to defend DOMA. American Academy of Pediatrics says that parents’ sexual orientation has no effect on a child’s development.  This is, of course, not sitting well with the anti-gay Religious Right. Want to be in a movie being produced by Liberty Counsel and staring Erik Estrada? Of course you do! Auditions start tomorrow. This is the... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 03/20/2013, 5:33pm
Alex Seitz-Wald @ Salon: Michele Bachmann runs away from reporter. Josh Israel @ Think Progress: Assassination ‘Joke’ Sheriff Doubles Down, Compares Critics To Nazis. Noah Rothman @ Mediaite: Michael Steele Claims He Can Beat Up ‘Numb Nuts’ RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Justin Berrier @ Media Matters: Fox Guest Pushes Debunked Link Between Abortion, Mental Issues. Benjy Sarlin @ TPM: Ken Cuccinelli Takes Down His ‘Immigration’ Issues Page. David Weigel @ Slate: The Tea Party Caucus is Dead and That's Okay. MORE >