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10 Questions Bachmann’s Husband Must Answer About “Christian Counseling”

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Marcus Bachmann, the husband of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, operates a “Christian counseling” business, Bachmann and Associates, that reportedly includes so-called “reparative therapy,” or “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 dollars 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 clinic’s counselors identify as Christians,” and that Marcus Bachmann told KKMS Radio, “We are distinctly a Christian counseling agency here in the Twin Cities.”

“We have 27 Christian counselors, Christ-centered, very strong in our understanding of who the Almighty Counselor is, and as we rely on God’s word and the Almighty Counselor, we have the opportunity to change people’s lives,” Marcus Bachmann also said, and added, “God heals people and if we give opportunity, if we are a willing vessel and we go according to what God’s word is, it works.”

A statement on the Bachmann and Associated web site attributed to Marcus Bachmann reads, “I believe my call is to minister to the needs of people in a practical, caring and sensitive way.”

Marcus Bachmann delivered a presentation in 2005 titled, “The 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. Bachmann’s talk almost had to leave the room because “there was so much bile.” Curt Prins, a marketing executive who identifies as gay, reported that Bachmann believed homosexuality was a “choice” rather than due to genetics:

The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up “three ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation.” The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. “One of them said, ‘If I was born gay, then I’ll have to be born again,’” Prins recalls. “The crowd went crazy.”

The Minnesota Independent article also stated that Marcus Bachmann “told 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.

“We have to understand that barbarians need to be educated, need to be disciplined,” Bachmann said. “And just because someone thinks [they’re gay] or feels it doesn’t mean we need to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature.”

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.

  1. Who licenses your clinic? Are they capable of regulating so-called “ex-gay” practices?
  2. Who regulates (supervises) your clinic?
  3. 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?
  4. Does spending federal funds this way violate the separation of church and state? How could it possibly not?
  5. Who insures your clinic in the event that therapy fails, or that clients are harmed?
  6. How many gay-to-straight conversion therapies succeeded vs. failed?
  7. What is the exact nature of the “reparative” therapy your business performs? Is there physical contact involved? Are there medical techniques used?
  8. How many patients suffered? 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? What relapse rates are seen via your follow-up program?
  9. 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 God’s word and the Almighty Counselor.” How do you determine if a prospective counselor applying for work with Bachmann and Associates is Christian, and if you do, doesn’t that violate the law?
  10. 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 reader Ned Flaherty for providing the framework of the questions.

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As a sea of GOP delegates at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night waved pre-printed signs demanding “mass deportation now!” Tom Homan, who served as Donald Trump’s Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), promised in a second Trump administration he will deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants.

Homan, who in 2022 accepted a speaking invitation at a white supremacist conference organized by Nick Fuentes, at one point directed his remarks to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

“I got a message to the millions of illegal aliens that Joe Biden released in our country in violation of federal law. You better start packing now,” he warned as the GOP crowded erupted into loud cheers. “You’re damn right. ‘Cause you’re going home.”

Calling Trump – who has appeared with a large bandage on his ear after an assassination attempt Saturday – a “warrior” who’s “gonna make America safe again,” Homan then declared, “I got another message. Another message to the criminal cartels in Mexico.”

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“You’re done. You’re done.”

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After doing some research at the event, Homan “got up and left” before it began.

HuffPost spoke with Homan at the time, and reported he “reiterat[ed] that he’s not racist. But a few minutes later, he called HuffPost to make a clarification. ‘I’m not saying this is a bad group,’ he said of Fuentes and the groypers. ‘I’m saying I don’t know.’ ”

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Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat, the noted expert on authoritarianism, fascism, and propaganda is sounding the alarm on Donald Trump, MAGA, the 2024 presidential election, and events surrounding the Republican National Convention.

“Wake up people. Trump is the most skilled propagandist in history,” Ben-Ghiat, an NYU professor of history and an MSNBC opinion columnist, wrote, noting he “did not need a crisis or one-party state to get millions to believe he won the 2020 election & see Jan 6 & strongman rule as positive.”

“He built a personality cult & indoctrinated thru disinfo & mass marketing,” she added.

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“If the United States loses its democracy, it’ll be the dumbest slide into authoritarianism in history. Others cases had mass unemployment, a major war, something. None have done it with low unemployment, rising real wages, declining crime, and no troops fighting in foreign wars,” he wrote.

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Four days after a 20-year old registered Republican shot at Donald Trump at an outdoor campaign rally, killing one man and wounding three others including the ex-president, questions continue to grow as the Trump campaign stays silent.

Trump on Saturday appeared to touch his ear, which moments later was seen covered in blood. The Secret Service is now under investigation. Trump had enough time to mouth “fight!” and pump his fists at the crowd, giving photographers the opportunity to take what are being called “iconic” images of the shooting. Trump even repeatedly demanded agents wait for him to find his shoes before pulling him to safety.

A CNN transcript shows Trump saying four times, “Let me get my shoes.”

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The Daily Beast adds Jackson spoke to far-right wing commentator Benny Johnson on Monday.

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The Trump campaign has not released any medical reports, nor has it cited or directed reporters to Congressman Jackson’s remarks.

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“I have many questions!” responded MSNBC anchor Joy Reid. “Like where are the medical reports? What caused Trump’s injury and what was the injury? Sheapnel? [sic] Glass? A bullet? Where were the three attendees who were shot seated or standing relative to Trump? Why was Trump allowed to stand and pose for photos, fist pumping for nearly ten seconds while asking about his shoe when there could easily havs [sic] been additional shooters? How did the gunman manage to get on the roof of the building WHERE THE LOCAL POLICE WERE LITERALLY INSIDE?”

Reid wasn’t done.

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Political commentator Bob Cesca on Wednesday quoted from this NBC News report that reads: “A Trump adviser on Tuesday declined to answer specific questions about the former president’s injury, telling NBC News that any statements about Trump’s health, his condition and medical care related to his ear would come directly from the former president.”

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“Exactly, replied attorney and legal analyst Jeffrey Evan Gold.

“5 days after the event
No medical briefing.
No medical reports.
No doctor has come forth to even be interviewed in any publication.
Never seen anything like it in any mass shooting.”

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Former Republican U.S. Congressman Joe Walsh said, “No medical reports. No doctor’s statements. No information at all on the Republican nominee for President who was shot & injured four days ago. That’s just wrong. Shitty job media. If it were the Democratic nominee who’d been shot, Hannity, et al, would be blowing a gasket.”

Dr. Nick Mark writes: “The media silence on this is deafening. Did he have a head CT? What did it show? Did he have stitches? Tetanus shot? The NYT ran nonstop stories about Biden’s health after the debate but can’t be bothered to report on the health of someone who was literally shot in the head?”

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