Friday, July 8, 2011

Peering at Bachmann

This week a Washington Post story laid out a few reasons you might want to worry about Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Republican presidential contender from Minnesota "has called gay marriage 'probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, 30 years.' In 2005, she ran screaming from a bathroom at a constituent forum, claiming that a lesbian had attempted to keep her there against her will. (The woman said she was merely questioning Bachmann about her position on gay marriage.) As a state senator, she was seen crouching behind hedges to observe a gay rights rally. (She has explained that she was checking the turnout.)"

She may be peering at us, but she sure isn't seeing us.  Her husband Marcus has the same vision problem.  In an interview on Christian radio last year he compared gays to "barbarians" who "need to be educated, need to be disciplined."

It makes you want to keep both of them in that bathroom until the election is over.

The brand of Lutheranism they follow is a mighty conservative one.  In 2004, Michele Bachmann said someone in her family is gay, calling it "a very sad life.  It's part of Satan."

Which part?  The horns?

In 2006, speaking to a Christian audience, she said she got a degree in tax law only because her husband told her to.  “The Lord says:  Be submissive, wives. You are to be submissive to your husbands,” she said.

Okay dokey.  We have someone wanting to lead the free world who isn't free herself.

Since hitting the campaign trail, Bachman has tamped down the anti-gay stuff.  Until this week.  A Christian social conservative group in Iowa called The Family Leader demanded all presidential candidates sign its pledge to defend so-called traditional marriage, and Bachmann signed it faster than you can say "Get me out of this bathroom."

Called “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” the pledge features half-truths and lies about gays, according to The Advocate, like gay men are a public health risk and homosexuality is a choice.

Stay tuned.  I have every confidence Bachmann will continue to show her true colors, and they ain't rainbow-striped.