Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Taking the Bachmann Cure in Minnesota


The anti-gay statements of that fun duo, Michele and Marcus Bachmann, have been plain (see below).  What's been murkier is whether the Christian counseling clinic they own engages in reparative therapy.

The answer, as they say in the Bachmanns' home state of Minnesota, is "You betcha!"

That's according to Truth Wins Out, an activist group that exposes the wily "ex-gay" world.  The group's communications director, John Becker, became a stealth gay.  Pretending to be "struggling with homosexuality," and carrying hidden cameras, he had five sessions with a therapist at Bachmann & Associates, which, by the way, receives state and federal funding.

While Becker's therapist wasn't the most maniacal I've ever read about—he didn't sneeze fire and brimstone—he clearly indulged in some of the main themes of reparative therapy.  “We’re all heterosexuals, but we have different challenges,” the man told Becker.  He also claimed people have become free of same-sex attraction.

You can click here to read Becker's account of his experience, or you can turn on the TV and wait for someone from Truth Wins Out to show up.  According to the group's Web site, its staffers have been on news shows in the last day or two more often than William and Kate.

Michele Bachmann's campaign said in a statement to ABC News, "The Bachmanns are in no position ethically, legally, or morally to discuss specific courses of treatment concerning the clinic's patients."

So it would be unethical to comment on whether they're conducting unethical treatment.  How convenient.

Praying away the gay doesn't work.  At this point, I'm willing to give praying away the Bachmanns a shot.