The presidential campaign of Michele Bachmann has raised the question of what is relevant for scrutiny for the media. At issue is the business run by Bachmann and her husband, Marcus: Bachmann and Associates. It is a Christian counseling service and Bachmann has previously referenced the business as her credential as a “small business job creator.” However, reports have emerged of how the clinic offers to “cure” homosexuals and reporters have questioned the veracity of past statements about the clinic. Bachmann, however, insists she wants to talk about job creation and the stories are not relevant to what matters in the campaign.
The article below details the allegations from people who were “treated” at the clinic for homosexuality.
Marcus Bachmann has publicly advocated the use of the Bible to convert homosexuals: “I think you clearly say ‘what is the understanding of God’s word on homosexuality.’ We have to understand barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined and just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean we’re supposed to go down that road.” Yet he later denied that the clinic was engaged in reparative therapy. However, a gay rights group called “Truth Wins Out” released a video from a hidden camera this week showing such therapy being discussed at the clinic.
I previously wrote how politicians cannot have it both ways on religion. Both Democrats and Republicans (including President Obama) have used their faith as a campaign issue. In this case, Bachmann has touted this clinic as a credential and the controversy ties directly to her past and controversial views regarding homosexuality. If she wishes to lead this nation, these are relevant questions. An estimated 3.5 percent of Americans are gay. That constitutes roughly nine million of citizens.
Dr. Bachmann is shown with Michele Bachmann on his lap on the clinic’s site,though she is not listed separately as a partner. The site states “Dr. Bachmann received his Masters degree in education/counseling from Regent University located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He received his Doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Union Graduate Institute located in Cincinnati, Ohio.”
I do not believe it is fair to attribute the quote above from Marcus to Bachmann. However, this “small business” is going to be justifiably a big issue if it boasts conversion as a treatment.