Bachmann's Husband... Don't Go There!!!
Have you heard the growing whispers about Michele Bachmann’s husband... the speculation that the candidate’s rabidly anti-gay hubby, Marcus, is a closeted gay man? If you haven't, you will! The unfounded rumors have taken on a life of their own, and are spreading like wildfire, becoming the source of jokes and gossip outside of the mainstream media.
Michele Bachmann has long been one of the most aggressive anti-gay crusaders in politics, while Marcus runs a Christian-based therapy clinic which uses “reparative therapy”, a controversial counseling technique... based on the idea that you can "pray away the gay".
Michelle Bachmann has stated that involvement in “the gay and lesbian lifestyle” is a life of “personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement”. Marcus Bachmann has compared curious youth to “barbarians” who must be “educated” and “disciplined".
Here we have a potential candidate, and her husband, who are firmly anti-gay based on their religious beliefs, and all but dares anyone to attack that position. Which is what is happening now... and is likely to grow if Bachmann's poll numbers rise.
In the land of the radical religious right, what will be the reaction to the suggestion that Marcus is the very thing he has long devoted himself to fighting? The more she and her husband are attacked for what they consider a core religious belief, the more she will consider herself to be right, and that she is being attacked for doing God's work. Among devout evangelicals, ferocious attacks, including people "bearing false witness" against you, are considered a badge of honor. Bachmann has already pointed to religious bigotry as a source of her political opposition. “I was attacked repeatedly for my religious faith, and the media was a willing accomplice,” she told the Minneapolis Star Tribune of her 2006 House race. “I’m really disturbed by the media’s lack of tolerance and understanding for the belief of a committed Christian.”
The more personal the persecution of her husband gets, the more likely it is to strengthen Bachmann's belief in her position and convince her that God put her where she is. “Most social conservatives agree with her about the homosexual issue", asserts Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, saying “Not only is it not going to phase her, it will build sympathy for her among her supporters and admiration that she doesn’t back down".
I don't care one bit about Marcus Bachmann's sexuality. It's a non-issue and has nothing to do with governing our nation. Don't do it... don't go there... unless you want to strengthen the resolve of Michelle Bachmann, and increase the likelihood of her winning the GOP nomination. That would be a real insult to moderate Republicans everywhere.