Marcus Bachmann, the husband of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, operates aÂ â€œChristian counselingâ€ business,Â Bachmann and Associates, that reportedly includes so-called â€œreparative therapy,â€ orÂ “ex-gay therapy” — counseling that attempts to force someone to become heterosexual. Bachmann and Associates receives tens of thousands of dollars from the State of Minnesota, and hundreds of thousands of dollarsÂ from federal government, including from MediCare.
(Michele and Marcus Bachmann reportedly also own a farm that has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding. Mrs. Bachmann denies she and her husband are the recipients of any federal funding, despite the fact that the farm and counseling businesses are listed on her federal disclosure forms.)
Last year, The Minnesota Independent suggested that the arrangement Bachmann and Associates has with the state government may be unconstitutional, and reported, “All of the clinicâ€™s counselors identify as Christians,” andÂ that Marcus Bachmann told KKMS Radio,Â â€œWe are distinctly a Christian counseling agency here in the Twin Cities.”
â€œWe have 27 Christian counselors, Christ-centered, very strong in our understanding of who the Almighty Counselor is, and as we rely on Godâ€™s word and the Almighty Counselor, we have the opportunity to change peopleâ€™s lives,” Marcus Bachmann also said, and added,Â â€œGod heals people and if we give opportunity, if we are a willing vessel and we go according to what Godâ€™s word is, it works.â€
A statement on the Bachmann and Associated web site attributed to Marcus Bachmann reads, â€œI believe my call is to minister to the needs of people in a practical, caring and sensitive way.â€
Marcus Bachmann delivered a presentation in 2005 titled,Â â€œThe Truth About the Homosexual Agenda,” which culminated in three people claiming Bachmann had “cured” their homosexuality.
Via Think Progress:
One of the people present for Dr. Bachmannâ€™s talk almost had to leave the room because â€œthere was so much bile.â€ Curt Prins, a marketing executive who identifies as gay,Â reported that Bachmann believed homosexuality was a â€œchoiceâ€ rather than due to genetics:
The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up â€œthree ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation.â€Â The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. â€œOne of them said, â€˜If I was born gay, then Iâ€™ll have to be born again,â€™â€ Prins recalls. â€œThe crowd went crazy.â€
The Minnesota Independent article also stated that Marcus Bachmann “toldÂ Point of View Talk Radio that if a child confides in a parent that they might be gay, that parent should discourage the child from being gay. He also said because of public schools, the number of homosexuals in America is increasing.
â€œWe have to understand that barbarians need to be educated, need to be disciplined,â€ Bachmann said. â€œAnd just because someone thinks [they’re gay] or feels it doesnâ€™t mean we need to go down that road. Thatâ€™s what is called the sinful nature.â€
Given the problematic nature of Marcus Bachmann’s business and the derogatory, anti-gay, and religious nature of his business, coupled with the fact that Marcus Bachmann relies on state and federal funding, there are serious questions Marcus Bachmann must immediately answer. Here are ten, there most likely are others.
- Who licenses your clinic? Are they capable of regulating so-called “ex-gay” practices?
- Who regulates (supervises) your clinic?
- How many federal dollars do your clinic and clients receive annually? How do you reconcile state and federal funds with your wife’s belief that that equates to Socialism?
- Does spending federal funds this way violate the separation of churchÂ and state? How could it possibly not?
- Who insures your clinic in the event that therapy fails, or that clientsÂ are harmed?
- How many gay-to-straight conversion therapies succeeded vs. failed?
- What is the exact nature of the “reparative” therapy your business performs? Is there physical contact involved? Are there medical techniques used?
- How many patients suffered?Â Were any suicides successful, or attempted, or threatened? How many of your patients have died? Your website states you treat patients as young as five, and you have stated parents should discourage children from being gay. What is the earliest age you have “counseled” children in your “reparative” therapy work?Â What relapse rates are seen via your follow-up program?
- You have stated Bachmann and Associates has “27 Christian counselors, Christ-centered, very strong in our understanding of who the Almighty Counselor is, and as we rely on Godâ€™s word and the Almighty Counselor.” How do you determine if a prospective counselor applying for work withÂ Bachmann and Associates isÂ Christian, and if you do, doesn’t that violate the law?
- How do you reconcile your oath to “first do no harm,” with your statements that gays are “barbarians,” and that “barbarians need to be educated, need to be disciplined?”
Many thanks to The New Civil Rights Movement readerÂ Ned Flaherty for providing the framework of the questions.
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‘These Are Our National Secrets’: Democrat Slams GOP for Ignoring Trump Classified Documents Found ‘In the S——’
U.S. Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) blasted House Republicans for ignoring the hundreds of classified documents photographed on stage and “in the s——” at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and residence, while going after President Joe Biden who she said not one witness at Thursday’s impeachment “inquiry” had identified what crime he allegedly committed.
“As I prepared,” Rep. Crockett told members of the House Oversight Committee Thursday, “I said, ‘What is the crime?’ Because when you’re talking about impeachment, you’re talking about high crimes and misdemeanors, and I can’t seem to find the crime and honestly, no one has testified of what crime they believe the President of the United States has committed.”
“But when we started talking about things that look like evidence, they want to act like they blind, they don’t know what this is,” Crockett said, waving photographs of boxes allegedly containing classified and top secret documents on stage and in a restroom at Mar-a-Lago.
“These are our national secrets, looks like in the s—— to me,” she said, as NBC News described her remarks. “This looks like more evidence of our national secrets, say on the stage at Mar-a-Lago. When we’re talking about somebody that’s committed high crimes it’s at least indictments, let’s say 32 counts related to unauthorized retention of national security secrets, seven counts related to obstructing the investigation. Three false statements, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, falsifying business records, conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts related to efforts to obstruct the vote certification proceedings, one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights, 23 counts related to forgery or false documents statements, eight counts related to soliciting, and I could go on because he’s got 91 counts pending right now.”
“But I will tell you what the President [Biden] has been guilty of. He has unfortunately been guilty of loving his child unconditionally, and that is the only evidence that they have brought forward and honestly, I hope and pray that my parents love me half as much as he loves his child. Until they find some evidence we need to get back to the people’s work, which means keeping this government open so that people don’t go hungry in the streets of the United States, and I will yield.”
Congresswoman Crockett’s remarks quickly went viral, with just this video getting 4.6 million views in just four hours.
Watch below or at this link.
Omg wow this pic.twitter.com/fnYcAXzcNf
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 28, 2023
‘He Knows I’m Right’: Democrat Mocks ‘Scared’ McCarthy and Blows Off Chairman Comer in ‘Very Unserious’ Hearing
During House Republicans’ impeachment “inquiry” into President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) detailed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s transition from refusing to allow a vote for an impeachment inquiry to ordering his top Chairmen to initiate an impeachment “inquiry” in the span of just twelve days.
Congressman Frost, the youngest member of the House, called the Speaker “scared,” before turning his attention to the GOP’s witnesses who he said “are not giving us any basis or giving us any evidence or anything,” angering Republican Oversight Chairman Jim Comer, who interjected, “That’s not true.”
Rep. Frost refused to allow the Chairman to interrupt him, and shot back, “Reclaiming my time.”
“These these witnesses are not giving any answers. They’re just asking more questions,” Rep. Frost continued.
While challenging the credibility of the GOP’s witnesses, Frost said there was “one witness who has a lot of questions .. one witness who knows something about accounting but has no real involvement,” and then accused the third witness, the well-known attorney and commentator Jonathan Turley, of “stopping here on his way to his next Fox News hit.”
Gen Z Congressman Maxwell Frost brilliantly sums up the hypocrisy, the fraudulence, and the illegitimacy of every single GOP witness that spoke today. And check out the startled reaction of that old angry Republican woman at the end. More of this!
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) September 28, 2023
Frost noted that had McCarthy put an impeachment inquiry on the floor for a vote, it “would lose on the House floor and be another embarrassment in the long list of embarrassments in this Congress for the Speaker of the House.”
He added that far-right Republicans threatened “to shut down the government, something that will happen in just two days.” He also noted, “this is the one that really got to [McCarthy], they said you, you’re about to lose your job and they said we will remove you as Speaker of the house.”
“And that scared him so much that Kevin McCarthy, the Speaker of the House, the United States House of Representatives, third in line to the presidency, completely caved due to the threats of people within his own caucus.”
Pointing to Chairman Comer, Frost on social media said, “He had to interrupt me because he knows I’m right. They say that this isn’t an impeachment, it’s an impeachment ‘inquiry’ to get answers. Then they call up witnesses that are just asking more questions and not providing any answers or evidence. This hearing is very unserious.”
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‘All Those Biden Towers’ Where ‘Influence Was Used’: Democrat Turns Tables and Mocks Republicans in Sarcastic Q&A
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) turned the tables on Republicans during the House Oversight Committee’s first impeachment “inquiry” into President Joe Biden by sarcastically referring to “all those Biden towers all over the world where foreign partnerships were formed and influence was used here in the US,” forcing the witness to correct him and point out he actually meant ex-President Donald Trump.
The hearing, chaired by Rep. Jim Comer (R-KY) was widely seen as another failed effort by House Republicans against President Biden. It took a turn when Republicans’ own witness, law professor and Fox News media contributor Jonathan Turley told them he saw no evidence that warrants an impeachment of the President.
Meanwhile, Congressman Connelly’s scathing remarks quickly spread across social media, garnering hundreds of thousands of views views in just hours.
“Um, well let’s see,” Connolly began, slowly, “I’m looking at, um, I heard again, um, I think it was professor Hurley talk about – – because he’s not prejudging of course, but he’s just suggesting that maybe we want to look into criminal activity like obstruction, fraud, and abuse of power.”
“So let’s take fraud. So shouldn’t we be concerned that a New York judge just found President Biden’s organization committing fraud every year for the last 10 or 15 years,” Connolly continued, “and that, under the Martin law, that Biden organization is now subject to dismemberment and dismantlement because of the fraudulent activity?”
“That should be of concern to Mr. Trump,” the witness, Professor Michael Gerhardt, replied.
“Mr. Trump again!” Connolly sarcastically exclaimed, feigning surprise. “And in this case, we’re not speculating, a judge actually made that ruling?”
“Yes sir,” Gerhardt replied.
”Should we be concerned about the personal – I mean, while we’re at it, while we’re loading on – shouldn’t we be concerned about the personal behavior of the President, for example, President Trump or President Biden, being found guilty of sexual assault and defamation associated with that activity, again in a civil court?”
“We should be concerned as it related to Mr. Trump,” Gerhardt again replied.
“With Mr. Trump again?” Connolly again said mockingly.
“I just think that one of the reasons we’re here is because somebody has been indicted in four different locales, on four different sets of concerns, with I think 81, 91 actual counts, and has been found guilty in two civil proceedings, one involving sexual behavior and one on actual corporate fraudulent activity. And we don’t want to talk about any of that. We want to speculate about discredited testimony from discredited witnesses,” Connolly added.
Brilliant stuff here from Connolly pic.twitter.com/F3rZlBmUe8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 28, 2023
“Distract, deflect, dissemble,” Connolly added. “I think this hearing’s all about ‘look over here, not over there.’”
“I’ve heard concerns about ‘branding,'” Connolly continued. “So, shouldn’t we be concerned about all those Biden towers all over the world where foreign partnerships were formed and influence was used here in the United States? I’ve seen these towers in Indonesia, in the Philippines, in Turkey. I even saw one in Chicago. Shouldn’t that be a source of concern of this committee in terms of influence, both foreign and domestic, when Biden became president?”
“If there were such things as ‘Biden building,'” Gerhardt said.
“Well, was there anyone who did have them?” Connolly asked. “Well, could you tell us? Just give me the name.”
“I think we’re talking about Mr. Trump,” Gerhardt replied.
“So, when President Biden appointed his son to manage U.S. foreign policy, both in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East peace, by the way, a son who couldn’t qualify for getting a security clearance, but President Biden apparently granted it to Hunter anyhow – and then, after leaving the White House, getting a $2 billion deal … shouldn’t that be of concern to us that maybe a sweetheart deal occurred with the blessing of the president, with foreign money, and shouldn’t we look into Hunter Biden for that, given the fact that the handled Middle East peace in the White House?”
“It should have been a concern with President Trump and his son-in-law,” Gerhardt said.
“Oh Trump. I got that wrong again,” snarked Congressman Connolly.
Connolly: “Shouldn’t we concerned about all those Biden towers all over the world where foreign partnerships were formed and influence was used here in the US? I’ve seen these towers in Indonesia, in the Philippines, in Turkey. I’ve even seen one in Chicago.” pic.twitter.com/U10K2K5JSQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 28, 2023
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