John M. Becker

Marcus Bachmann Still Smarting Over 'Ex-Gay' Scandal

Filed By John M. Becker | November 10, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Bachmann clinic, conversion therapy, ex-gay, ex-gay myth, ex-gay therapy, John Becker, Marcus Bachmann, reparative therapy

marcus-bachmann-clapping.jpgAlmost three and a half years ago, I went undercover with hidden cameras at Marcus Bachmann's "Christian counseling" clinic and filmed fraudulent "ex-gay" therapy sessions there. The story made headlines, catapulting the dangerous quackery of "ex-gay" therapy back into the national conversation and presenting Michele Bachmann with the first major obstacle in her spectacularly unsuccessful bid for the presidency.

It also turned Marcus Bachmann into something of a punchline -- and as it turns out, several years later he's still ever so pissed about it. Right Wing Watch reports that in an interview this weekend, Bachmann took the time to defend his use of the dangerous and abusive "therapy":

Speaking with Jan Markell and Jill Martin Rische on "Understanding the Times" this weekend, Bachmann said that he was angry that his clinic faced criticism after several reports surfaced about ex-gay therapy taking place there.

Bachmann insisted that "we are people of ethics" who were only attacked for trying to "speak truth," adding that "people will choose, they will ultimately choose what they are going to do with their life."

He also said his clinic faced criticism simply for "creating a safe place" for LGBT people.

RWW has this partial transcript:

Once the far-left understood that we were actually creating a safe place, a place where people who said I have this issue with same-sex attraction, this desire. I'm a believer, I'm a person of faith and it's conflicting with my values systems. Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person's values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side. How dare you even consider being involved in someone who has decided or is desiring that to influence in any way shape or form another side in the book on this one?

No, seriously, he said that. Listen, after the break.

Of course, the claim that Bachmann's clinic is any kind of "safe place" for vulnerable, struggling LGBT people is a bald-faced lie -- unless your definition of "safe place" includes a place where LGBT people are told, against all scientific evidence, that they can change... and that they won't go to heaven unless they do.

Sorry, Marcus, but spiritually abusing LGBT people -- and peddling dangerous junk science that's been denounced by literally every single mainstream organization of medical and mental health professionals -- isn't what you do in a "safe place." It isn't ethical either.

And supporters of LGBT human rights going to keep working until the "ex-gay" torture that you practice and defend is banished from civil society and banned by law.

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