July 9, 2011



I know about words, and have studied semantics, and am aware of the consequences that words have on others. Words hurt people in so many ways, and can cause psychological damage that lasts a lifetime.

I really abhor and detest bullying so much, that I find it difficult to articulate my feelings and views, in a thoughtful and measured way. I'm going to do my best to explain why I'm posting this today.

Writing the headline "MEET MARY BACHMANN" was something I thought about for a couple of days. I thought it would be hypocritical of me, and could be construed as online bullying, to use a woman's name, and the wrong pronoun, to refer to a Presidential candidate's spouse.

Yesterday I received guidelines that advocate using gentle and inoffensive rhetoric, when sharing our LGBT feelings and views. The much ineffective and maligned Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) are distributing these  guidelines entitled "Talking About LGBT People & Equality," for new allies in the LGBT movement, that highlight politically correct terms they want our community to use, that they believe won't offend religious fundamentalists and their friends.

In the short time that I have been writing this blog, it's largely been a good experience. I have a lot of page hits, in the short time it's been online. I haven't received as much feedback as I would like, but that's ok. My blog is different than many out there, because I try to relate my own personal experiences, to whatever is going on in the news. It's easy to find content to write about, and whether I personalize a post or not, whatever story you find here is here because it touches a nerve within me.

I'm writing this blog for you, as well as for me. I welcome comments, and am interested in engaging visitors in civilized conversations. Telling our personal stories, being visible, and engaging others, is what's going enlighten minds, touch hearts, and promote tolerance in our communities, our cities, our towns, our states, and our country.

I have 5 incredible nephews, and an amazing niece, and am blessed. I feel a responsibility to do everything I can to ensure that they, and their future kids, know that no matter what, that they live in a country that respects, and honors their individuality. I want them to know that the possibilities are endless, and that they will never experience hate, discrimination, or judgement, from any individual, a public entity, or a private company or institution. We have to love and honor our children, and do everything in our power to ensure that they can realize their greatest potential regardless of their race, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Every human being has the potential to be the very best, and whether they are gay or straight, transgendered or bisexual, one's family must reaffirm to children that they are loved unconditionally. Anything less isn't good enough, and robs our children of fulfilling their dreams.

Mary Bachmann, the Congresswoman's husband, has been in the news over the past week. Since the racist Congresswoman announced her candidacy, her past actions and statements have received a lot more scrutiny. Her husband has been subjected to interviews, and press profiles, since Mary would be the First Lady if Michele was elected. I have consumed a lot of material related to Mrs. Bachmann. I have written about her in the past, and wish she would withdraw from the race, so that I could focus on some of the other bigots running for the highest office.

My family has ties to the state of Minnesota, because our maternal grandparents grew up there, and we still have cousins and relatives living there. If you have never visited Minnesota, you will be hard pressed to find many other states where the people are more friendly and warm. Minnesota is the home state of statesman like Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale. Now it's known for being the home of Mary and Michele Bachmann.

Michele Bachmann belongs to a church that is considered more extreme than most evangelical churches. "The Lord says: Be submissive, wives. You are to be submissive to your husbands," Bachmann commands to anyone who will listen. Submissive! So what does that mean? That means that Mary is the boss.

We have a submissive wife, with a dominant husband. Submissive wife spoke to the Living Word Christian Center, and explained a more divine inspiration for their marriage.

"And the Lord then led me to this man,” she said, pausing to identify Marcus in the crowd. “That my calling was to marry this man. And I tell you that, because, I hate to disappoint you, darling, but it wasn’t a big romantic surge that led us to each other. It was His word."
“At the same time,” she added, “the Lord was speaking to my husband, and He showed my husband — he was repairing a fence on the farm where he worked — and the Lord showed him in a vision that he was supposed to marry me. And my husband said: ‘I don’t want to get married. I want to wait till I’m 27. I want to see the world. I want to have a great time in life. I don’t want to marry this girl.’ ”
 "She then explained her decision to pursue tax law. She didn't pick tax law, becuase she only did as she was told, and God had already told her to go to law school.
 Now Mary told her "to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law." This was not a particular desire of Michele's ("Tax law? I hate taxes!"), but she was sure that God was speaking through her husband. "Why should I go and do something like that?" she recalled thinking. "But the Lord says, 'Be submissive wives; you are to be submissive to your husbands.' "

The Washington Post profiled the Bachmann's this week, and wrote that Mary is the candidates 'media planner, traveling assistant and even personal shopper'. <=====CODE WORDS IN WASHINGTON POST SPEAK FOR BEING gay gay gay gay gay.
Even Cher was shocked, and said "My Gay-Dar is GOING OFF !!!"

Then the reporter asked Mary about whether her Christian counseling office practiced reparative therapy, becasue the "dump Bachmann" Minnesota website alleged that Mary does promote reparative therapy.

Mary Bachmann has called the report “false,” though, as he explained to City Pages: “If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.”
SInce the Bachmann's have a long history of being bigots, they have promoted the idea that you could go to reparitive therapy and be/stay straight.  Reparative therapy claims to be able to make you straight, or keep you straight. It has been documented that this therapy is dangerous, and the American Psychological Association passed a resolution in 1997, condemning and discrediting the treatment, and posited that it should never be characterized as a viable treatment option.

There have been kids forced into treatment, and adults who have sought this treatment, with an outcome that resulted in the patient commiting suicde.

Last year Mary said in a radio interview that "Gays are like barbarians, and need to be disciplined." Disciplined Mary? Really? So you could encourage more suicides? Kill more kids?

Mary said she doesn't have a problem if someone comes in and wants to stay homo. I guess you could go in gay, and leave gay? The ony problem is that in 2004 Andrew Ramirez was treated at Mary's clinic, and they tried to cure him.
In the summer of 2004, Andrew Ramirez, who was just about to enter his senior year of high school, worked up the nerve to tell his family he was gay. His mother took the news in stride, but his stepfather, a conservative Christian, was outraged. "He said it was wrong, an abomination, that it was something he would not tolerate in his house," Ramirez recalls. A few weeks later, his parents marched him into the office of Bachmann & Associates, a Christian counseling center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, which is owned by Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus.
And just this past week Truth Wins Out documented with hidden cameras, reparative therapy and treatment at the same clinic, and said the subject could be cured. The undercover investigator said:
"When I mentioned that I can objectively acknowledge a woman’s beauty without having any sexual feelings toward her whatsoever, I was told that whenever I saw an attractive woman I just needed to reinforce in my mind that she was, indeed, attractive, and that God made her this way and made me to notice her. After all, “God designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman’s body, to be attracted to everything, to be attracted to her breasts.” Further, according to Wiertzema, “We’re all heterosexuals, but we have different challenges.” Attraction to the same sex “is there, and it’s real, but at the core value, in terms of how God created us, we’re all heterosexual.

The only way to characterize this shit is that it is DANGEROUS! It breaks my heart that anyone would tell a child, or anyone for that matter, that their very being and who they are is wrong, or an abomination, or that they have to change.

If someone is racist, or a bigot, and hurting kids, I'm going to call them out on it. And when they lie, like Mary Bachmann, she's going to feel the heat. Call me a bully, I don't give a shit. I was bullied, I know what it feels like, and I'm fighting back.

Attorney and law school Professor Brendan Beery has written about how Michele Bachmann exposed 23 children to a pedophile. I scratched my head at first, but after reading about her, it's sad and true, and I have to recommend reading it. 23 Minor Children Exposed to Pedophile.

Get ready Mary, I'm fighting back, and you're going to feel the heat.

Written and posted by Haightmale on the blog "Tie-dyed Jive in the (415)"

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