Michele Bachmann's strategist-husband called gays 'barbarians' who 'need to be disciplined' [Audio]
Michele Bachmann, the Republican representative from Minnesota, was "glittered" earlier this month for her conservative stance on gay marriage. But after listening to audio of her husband, he can probably expect some glitter his way soon.
As first reported by the Think Progress blog, Marcus Bachmann, who in March was described by former Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey as part of Michele's "brain trust," was a guest on the Christian-based "Point of View" radio talk show on May 12, 2010, where he came out strongly against the LGBT community.
"We have to understand: Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps," Marcus Bachmann said.
The radio show's self-proclaimed mission is "to use the powerful tool of live daily national talk radio to defend a biblical Christian worldview and to proclaim Christian solutions for the problems of America. 'Point of View' aims to restore the greatness of Christian thought and values to every area of American Life."
But does Marcus Bachmann, besides being Michele Bachmann's husband, really have any political influence on his wife? Carey, who served as the congresswoman's chief of staff in 2010, said yes in March.
"The only person she talks to as an insider is her husband, Marcus, who's a wonderful man, and her son Lucas," Carey told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. "That's really her brain trust."
"Yes, I'm her strategist," Marcus Bachmann told the Star-Trib.
Then let's hear more from Mr. Bachmann about homosexuality. He apparently believes that the Christian commandment to "love your neighbor as you would yourself" will only lead to more people deciding to be gay. And who did Mr. Bachmann blame? Public schools.
"And let’s face it: What is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase," Marcus Bachmann said.
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Photo: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) and her husband, Marcus, wave to the crowd after her formal announcement to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination June 27 in Waterloo, Iowa. Credit: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press