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Marcus Bachmann, Unlicensed psychologist, fraud and husband of Michele Bachmann

Bachmann Family 2011

Marcus Bachmann is a man of many deceits and conceits.  The husband of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who claims that she is a tax lawyer who studied at the disreputable and unaccredited Oral Roberts University (which has as its motto that it is dedicated to the teaching of “the law from a biblical worldview” (with no allowance for civil law or the laws of a specific nation) at the Coburn School of Law.  The Coburn School of Law has had a varied and strange history.  It has gone through no fewer than three names including the televangelist Marion G. [Pat] Robertson Christian Broadcasting Network School of Law before its name was changed to Regent University (the law school made headlines when it was learned that sixty percent of its graduates could not pass the bar examination in Virginia (read: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/michele-bachmanns-holy-war-20110622); her specialty is tax law—which she claims to hate—but being a dutiful evangelical Christian wife who follows her reading of the scripture from a literal perspective, Michele does as she was ordered by her equally xenophobic husband. 

There are many legal challenges (and problems) for the Bachmann family–and for their children.  Michele’s police records show a woman out of balance and with an agenda outside of mainstream USA and democracy (http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/11/2309801/police-reports-show-different.html).   Marcus’ finances are now being scrutinized because of numerous questioned raised about his “practice” of psychology and therapeutic counseling.  The main problem is with his alleged education.

Bachmanns campaigning in Minnesota

Marcus Bachmann does not have an earned PhD in psychology.  He bought the degree at Union College (Cincinnati, OH), a school that he never attended. 

Bachmann’s degree is not a PhD in psychology.  It is a certificate in interdisciplinary studies.  What few people are told, and less know, is that Bachmann’s “degree” is unaccredited. 

The online college’s doctorate in psychology was denounced by the US Department of Education in 2004 as false.  The US Department of Education’s condemnation of the degree the school’s administrators passed on to their “graduates”—which Bachmann ignores. 

Marcus has never attempted to register his “degree” with the boards of psychology and counseling in Minnesota.  To this day Bachmann is not registered with any of the three boards that certify mental health practitioners and professions in the state. The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. A search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result. (Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58291_Page2.html#ixzz1RRNvTtE3.)

Mr. Bachmann at times has made the claim that he is a “clinical therapist”.  Trisha Stark, of the Minnesota Psychological Association, said that the title “clinical therapist” is not widely used in professional circles and that Bachmann is able to operate his clinic because of state rules and loopholes in the law regarding mental health practice. “Minnesota is one of the only states in which you can practice mental health without a license,” Stark said. As various news agencies and reporters have discovered, the Bachmann and Associates office declined to comment on his professional credentials, and the campaign did not respond to requests for comment. (Read: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58291_Page2.html#ixzz1RRO95tN8

Professional psychologists’ research and record their studies, submit their studies for peer review, and seek out a reputable publisher.  Bachman has never done any of this.  There is no record that he has ever published or contributed to any scholarly books, journals, or articles. He has no entry in the Library of Congress data base (www.loc.gov), or in the world catalogue of publications (at www.worldcat.org), which organizes and catalogues all publications in the field of psychology and other disciplines.

Reparative Therapy (Minnesota Center)

The illustration above is from http://www.einet.net/review/975022-891738/Reparative_Therapy_A_Pseudo_Science.htm.

There are no verifiable records that Marcus Bachmann practices genuine psychology or psychotherapy.  He admits that publicly but not to his patients.  Instead Marcus Bachmann practices the long discredited “reparative therapy” (sometimes known as corrective or conversion therapy) to turn gay men and lesbians into heterosexuals (http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/hidden-camera-investigation-bachmann-clinic-practices-ex-gay-therapy/politics/2011/07/09/23388) which the American Psychiatric Association has gone on record denouncing, claiming that such “therapy” does not exist and those who use it do more injury to their patients than help the patients (http://www.psych.org/Departments/EDU/Library/APAOfficialDocumentsandRelated/PositionStatements/200001a.aspx).  The second paragraph of the APA’s official statement reads:

As a general principle, a therapist should not determine the goal of treatment either coercively or through subtle influence.  Psychotherapeutic modalities to convert or “repair” homosexuality are based on developmental theories whose scientific validity is questionable.  Furthermore, anecdotal reports of “cures” are counterbalanced by anecdotal claims of psychological harm.  In the last four decades, “reparative” therapists have not produced any rigorous scientific research to substantiate their claims of cure.  Until there is such research available, APA recommends that ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals’ sexual orientation, keeping in mind the medical dictum to First, do no harm.

Bachmann & Associates flier on services

Reparative therapy has long been considered dangerous by the American Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/policy/ex-gay.pdf), the American Medical Association (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/glbt-advisory-committee/ama-policy-regarding-sexual-orientation.page), the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, and the American Psychiatric Association (http://www.psychiatricnews.org/pnews/99-01-15/therapy.html) and others (http://www.glsenboston.org/JustTheFacts.pdf).   Bachmann says that his reparative therapy is “Truth Wins Out” and that one can pray away gay.  It is nothing more than a scam or a sting operation to bring him federal money.  This in unique as his wife, Michele Bachmann, has made a career denouncing federal government subsidies. 

Marcus Bachmann billed Medicare more than $137,000 for prayers

Despite her words, Michele and Marcus Bachmann has accepted over $137,000 in federal aid for the clinic Bachmann & Associates for reparative therapy:  a discarded theory that suggests that a homosexual male or female can end gay or lesbian interests and stop sexual desires through prayer.  While the Bachmanns were quick to cashier each federal check for the alleged psychological services of the “Christian counselors” who would “pray away the gay”, the Congresswoman serving the sixth district of Minnesota and would-be President of the USA denies that the clinic ever received federal money (http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/bachmann-denies-getting-federal-funds_2011-06-27.html the article is based on the June 27, 2011 Face the Nation television report at http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/27/nation/la-na-michele-bachmann-20110627).

Bachmann & Associates go directly against the standards set by the American Association of Christian Counselors (http://www.aacc.net/about-us/code-of-ethics/). A video of an actual “reparative therapy” (anti-gay) session is at http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/bachmann-ex-gay-counseling-actual-hidden-camera-video-of-a-real-session/politics/2011/07/12/23521.  Unfortunately, Marcus Bachmann practiced his “counseling” on 23 foster children, in addition to their five children, who had been put into (and then taken out of) the Bachmann home between 1992 and 2000. All of the foster children were girls and the courts decided that they each needed the psychological support and services being made available due to Dr. Bachmann’s vocational (not educational) background. Their home was legally labeled a treatment home dealing with short term (from a few months to over a year,) rehabilitations (http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/michele-bachmann-her-husband-god-and-anti-gay-bigotry-the-bachmann-effect/politics/2011/07/06/23190).  What is unique is that not one of the twenty-three (they were licensed to handle three children at a time; the Bachmann home was “technically considered a treatment home,” which offered a higher level of reimbursement) has ever agreed to be interviewed by anyone or any group, nor would any of them make a public statement concerning the short time they were with the Bachmanns.  Speaking to Point of View Radio Talk Show’s right-​leaning Christian audience, Bachmann was talking with an authority that he claimed was “backed by God” (as if he were Moses having a face-to-face conversation with the deity and taking instructions on what had to be done; as Genesis 25:1-2: וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃  דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ־לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל־אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבֹּו תִּקְחוּ אֶת־תְּרוּמָתִי׃) and that of being a “Doctor” [sic] who was trying to help the “sinful” parts of the nation come into one with their Creator (this is a line from another recognized hate group: Focus on the Family; cf. http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners cp. http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2010/11/splc-hate-groups-5-more-anti-gay-groups-to-enter-annals.html).  

Evangelical Christians, especially, or those of fundamentalist denominations, are taught to unquestionably follow these perceived authority figures, like Dr. Bachmann, who are placed in such positions of regard to, among other things, lead the way in teaching those on the outside and add confusion to their charges when the young are pushed into a real world where fundamentalism is the exception and not the rule (http://www.huliq.com/10178/mama-bachmanns-23-foster-children-not-immune-press-inquiry). What Bachmann does not discuss is how his wife helped found a charter/sectarian/parochial school that ran afoul of the state when some parents contended that its curriculum was infused with Christian teachings, and her first run for office was a failed bid for the local school board (her own children were enrolled in private Christian school; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/us/politics/22bachmann.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2).  Bachmann’s wife’s attitude on foster care comes with a price tag. As a congressional representative, Bachmann’s proposals to shrink government would have profound effects on child welfare services.  The House Republican budget, which Bachmann voted for, would cut the program’s spending by $1 trillion over the next decade and give states freedom to lower benefits and raise eligibility requirements (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/the-reviews-are-in—-gops-plans-for-medicare-medicaid-get-an-f-from-advocates-and-experts.php).  This led to an interesting quote:

“[F]or all those older Americans who voted GOP last year because those nasty Democrats were going to cut Medicare, I have just one word,” wrote New York Times columnist, and Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman: “suckers!” (Read: the full article published on April 4, 2011, entitled “Privatizing Medicare” at http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/privatizing-medicare/).

Foster children, who automatically qualify for Medicaid benefits, make up a tremendously disproportionate amount of its spending, especially on mental health services. Bachmann likely understands these difficulties better than anyone: all 23 of her foster children were teenage girls suffering from psychiatric disorders. In addition, her husband’s therapy clinic took in over $137,000 in Medicaid funds to help treat these low-income patients.

Like Marcus Bachmann, the “counselors” at Bachmann & Associates are not doctors in any form.  Men like Timothy Wiertzema introduce themselves as “licensed marriage and family therapist[s]”.  They are not.  In the case of Wiertzema, he has only a master’s degree from Argosy University (which is very popular with Bachmann & Associates).

Argosy University, like Union college where Marcus was enrolled online, is another online university with neither individual attention.  It has been cited by Florida, and other states, and exposed on television on Frontline as an “institute” that uses unfair/deceptive practices, similar to University of Phoenix and is charged with fraud (http://dfw.cbslocal.com/local/argosy.university.student.2.1160973.html and http://myfloridalegal.com/__85256309005085AB.nsf/0/31BC85F3813C963C852577C00072D4CE and http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/newsdigest/newsweekly/022406.pdf pages 15-19; and too many other citations to list; for the PBS transcript of Frontline read: http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/newsdigest/newsweekly/022406.pdf).  While Florida received eight complaints against Argosy, it was not highest number, as the University of Phoenix had 22, Keiser University 21, Sanford-Brown Institute 5, MedVance Institute 4; and Concorde Career Institute 3: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-02-10/news/fl-for-profit-attorney-general-compla20110209_1_university-and-kaplan-university-complaints-financial-aid).   

Wiertzema’s concept of medical attention (following that of Bachmann and his colleagues) is to call upon the Holy Spirit, citing 2 Corinthians 1:4 which is a paraphrase of Isaiah 40:1 and 51:12; Isaiah 66:13 refers to a mother comforting a child. No where in the Bible does it cite a Holy Spirit as the term Holy Spirit comes from Hinduism as a Triune god is of recent origin (Wiersbe, Warren W. (2007) The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: The Complete New Testament. 2d ed.  Colorado Springs, CO : David C. Cook, page 471).  The “Holy Spirit” appears only three times in the Old Testament: once in Psalm 51:11 and twice in Isaiah 63:10,11, and in each case is a metonym for God–the Hebrews have never recognized three personas or characteristics in a single monotheistic god.  Muslims have a similar “spirit” (الروح القدس ) but it is an action or divine communication; it has nothing in common with contemporary Christianity, and first appears in the Nicene Creed (but then only as the “Eternal Love of the Father and the Son”, it had not yet become a distinct being or characteristic; St. Thomas Aquinas names the Holy Spirit “Love”” http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1037.htm following the writing of St. Augustine of Hippo: St. Augustine (1987). De Trinitate (On The Trinity): Book V – Chapter 15.— Whether the Holy Spirit Was a Gift Before as Well as After He Was Given. (From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 3 ed. at http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/130105.htm).  It is not until the Inquisition and the fifteenth century when it became a cult of its own and in many places rivaled the worship of Jesus and Father.  The later writings of Martin Luther has the Holy Spirit as the Teacher and forgiver of sins (Small Catechism, BC, Tappert 345) a function originally reserved for Jesus, but with Luther more in keeping with the theology of seventeenth century BCE Egypt (cp. Luther, Martin, Werk 33:24).

Bachmann & Associates reject modern science and medicine, arguing that the Bible is the sole source of all knowledge and healing. When questioning their use of reparative therapy that all licensed psychologists and psychiatrist discarded long ago, Bachmann & Associates stated that the rejection of reparative (“ex-gay”) therapy was totally unsupported by research—in the Bible, and claim that the Bible could never be questioned.  Bachmann and his colleagues cite the bible as the absolute authority in life in the same manner as Muslims cite the Koran/Qur’an is the final word for Islam—but the evangelical Bachmanns fail to see the similarity. 

The continuing lie of Bachmann & Associates is that they can cure homosexuality—which is neither a disease nor an infirmity—has been proven repeatedly under different difficult situations.  Their zeal in “rooting out sin” (by banning and destroying “pornography” in much the same way as Pope Pius IX hammered off the penises of ancient statuary in the Vatican in 1857; http://shkrobius.livejournal.com/100154.html)  has long a favored past time by such charlatans as Colin Cook (read: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1987). Homosexuals anonymous: a psychoanalytic & theological analysis of Colin Cook & his cure for homosexuality. Garland, TX: Tangelwüld), Jimmy Swaggart (Read: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1988). Heaven’s hustler: the rise & fall of Jimmy Swaggart. Dallas, TX: Monument Press), Scott Lively (cf. http://www.towleroad.com/2010/01/watch-scott-lively-delivers-antigay-nuclear-bomb-to-uganda.html) and his partisan philistines: Caleb Lee

Ugandans for "Kill the Gays" led by Scott Lively (2d L), Caleb Lee Brundage (C), and Don Schmierer (R)

Brundidge (cf. http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/tag/caleb-lee-brundidge and http://www.truthwinsout.org/tag/caleb-lee-brundidge/), Don Schmierer (http://www.truthwinsout.org/tag/don-schmierer/)—a board member of the extremist Exodus International who claims that his mission is to mobilize “the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality”(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa/04uganda.html)–who run the scam Abiding Truth Ministries located in Temecula, California; and Rick Warren (http://www.queerty.com/what-rick-warren-scott-lively-don-schmierer-did-in-uganda-is-nothing-new-heres-why-thats-horrifying-20100104/), demanding the death penalty for gays in Uganda and throughout Africa and the use of “corrective rape” of lesbians (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13908662 and http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/12/eudy-simelane-corrective-rape-south-africa).  

Peter Lucas Moses Jr

The absurdity of the evangelical movement, and of

Jadon Higganbothan age 4

the Jehovah’s Witnesses who have little knowledge of what the Bible really says and preach such fantasies as Jesus is the archangel Michael (who is the only archangel in this cult), reached a nadir point when self-style evangelist Peter Lucas Moses, a religious leader in North Carolina who shot to death his four-year old step son because he thought the boy, Jadon Higganbotham, might be gay (http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/religious-leader-shoots-4-year-old-boy-to-death-because-he-might-be-gay/news/2011/07/08/23361) as all that can be said about him and Marcus Bachmann is that they are bigots.

Mike Jones with newspaper on Rev. Ted Haggard (he has converted to heterosexuality again and reopened his evangelical temple in a barn)

There are plenty of people who take stands similar to Bachmann and claim themselves to be heterosexuals, but expose themselves ultimately as homosexuals, such as Ted Haggard (an evangelical pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO; he now defines himself as bi-sexual, who hired Mike Jones of Denver to give him “massages and methamphetamines, but Jones noted that Haggard was a hypocrite; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15536263/ns/us_news-life/t/haggard-admits-sexual-immorality-apologizes/), George Alan Rekers a psychologist

Rev. George Alan Rekers and his baggage handler

and Southern Baptist Minister who brought a male prostitute to the USA (claiming he could cure homosexuality with full body nude massages, but the youth claimed he came as a “call boy”, Jo-Vanni Roman [a.k.a. Lucian], and was hired for sex and not to carry the University of South Carolina professor’s luggage.  Rekers is a founder of the Family Research Council (now a recognized organized hate group in the USA), a former board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), and he testified as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in both Arkansas and Florida. In both states, the courts deemed Reker’s testimony biased and untrustworthy; http://www.liftmyluggage.org/about-reckers.html), Bishop

Bishop Eddie Long and his "Four Gospel Connoisseurs"

Eddie Long (senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb, GA, having sex with four young males after lavishing gifts on them; see: http://www.christianpost.com/news/bishop-eddie-long-reaches-settlement-out-of-court-50561/), and so forth. The Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) are even further out of touch with the Christian Bible and have little claim to being Christians, reciting Genesis 1:27 as if it were written by a god rather than by the men and women who wrote the Bible (read: http://lds.about.com/od/apologetics/a/same_sex_marriage.htm and http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=e1fa5f74db46c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=1aba862384d20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&hideNav=1&contentLocale=0 as the Mormon bible continues to expand as each president becomes the next prophet after Jesus).  Here the problem is misquoting/mistranslating and misinterpreting a single book that is approximately 1700 years old (the Bible) or 1200 years old (the Koran), and so forth.

As The Advocate reported, one “patient” (unwilling to go, but forced by his father after he revealed and accepted his homosexuality while in high school) noted that his “counselor” told him that “being gay was not an acceptable lifestyle in God’s eyes” and prescribed prayer and reading the Bible as part of the cure (http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/07/09/Hidden_Camera_Sting_Finds_Reparative_Therapy_at_Bachmann_s_Clinics/).

John M. Becker

The same situation happened with John M. Becker, Director of Communications & Development for Truth Wins Out (TWO), an organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism and the “ex-gay” myth, volunteered to go to the Bachmann & Associates clinic and be “cured” of his homosexuality. After paying for his sessions in cash (he did not want his identity known by using his Human Rights Campaign credit card or exposing his American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) card and  hid his out-of-state debit card and library card, took the photo of Michael and himself out of his wallet along with the copy of their marriage certificate that he always kept close, and began his sessions.  The sessions were so startling, so unprofessional, that they seemed like a theater for fundamentalist conversion, inspiring Becker to write: “there can no longer be any doubt that Marcus Bachmann’s state- and federally-funded clinic endorses and practices reparative therapy aimed at changing a gay person’s sexual orientation, despite the fact that such ‘therapy’ is widely discredited by the scientific and medical communities” (Read: http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/2011/07/17519/)  This is fraud, for Marcus Bachmann seeks federal funds for a discredited program, and should be jailed.

 The Bible, however, does not condemn homosexuality as the word “homosexual” did not even exist; the condemnation is over “effeminacy” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9: η ουκ οιδατε οτι αδικοι βασιλειαν θεου ου κληρονομησουσιν μη πλανασθε ουτε πορνοι ουτε ειδωλολατραι ουτε μοιχοι ουτε μαλακοι ουτε αρσενοκοιται) which is a genetic trait.  The word “homosexual” does not even appear in the world’s literature until the late nineteenth century CE.  The Bachmanns, like other evangelists, have an unusual way of handling and using the Bible, and the Bachmanns like the staff at Bachmann & Associates are illiterate in any and all biblical languages, making them dangerous since they quote a book they have at best a limited knowledge. 1 Corinthians 6:9 is a parallel to Leviticus 18:20, Deuteronomy 22:22, Ezekiel 18:11, and similar references to a man who “sleeps with” (commits adultery) with his neighbor’s wife; the word is wrongly translated as homosexual in the New International Version, New Living Translation, Standard English Version (copyright 2001) and are disreputable at best.  Effeminate is θηλυπρεπής and homosexual is ομοφυλοφιλικός and ομοφυλοφιλικός appears nowhere in the Bible.

Waterloo (Blackhawk County) Iowa

When in Waterloo, Iowa, Michelle Bachmann stated that she was a Lutheran at First Lutheran Church of Waterloo (it was not built or incorporated until 1995), but was not a Christian until she was sixteen years of age—meaning that the Lutheran church (she now belongs to the obstreperous Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) was not a Christian church nor a Christian community (http://www.npr.org/2011/06/28/137467894/weekly-standard-from-waterloo-to-the-white-house?ps=rs and http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/27/nation/la-na-michele-bachmann-20110627 and http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e72ca464-a2b8-11e0-83fc-00144feabdc0.html and http://www.kare11.com/news/article/928306/391/Bachmann-reminisces-about-Waterloo-childhood-days; on First Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa, read: http://www.manta.com/c/mmdwspt/first-lutheran-church).

There is fraud rampant throughout Bachmann & Associates that could lead to federal charges against Marcus Bachmann and his Christian counselors.  For example:

(1) if he has a religious test (he advertises that all 27 counselors are “Christian” and “Christ-centered, very strong in out understanding of who the Almighty Counselor is, and we rely on god’s [Christian] word and the Almighty Counselor” Bachmann is breaking all EEO rules on discrimination.

(2) Bachmann has claimed that his oath is “first do no harm” from the Greek ἐπὶ δηλήσει δὲ καὶ ἀδικίῃ εἴρξειν (that Bachmann does not know) and is a part of the Hippocratic Corpus (http://www.eastridges.com/wesley/primum.html) and then makes broad statements that gays and lesbians are “barbarians [who] need to be educated, need to be disciplined” implying the use of torture be it spanking, deprivation of food, sleep, and so forth. 

(3) Michele Bachmann has gone on record noting that any person who receives state and federal funds are engaged in a socialistic system, yet both Marcus and Michele have received such government subsides. 

(4) There are numerous other questions including about licensing, regulatory inspections, insurance and what happens if a patient is harmed, how young the patients are when they come to the clinic, and so forth (an excellent list is at http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/10-questions-bachmanns-husband-must-answer-about-christian-counseling/politics/2011/07/07/23180).

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Michele and Marcus Bachmann: Mentality and Mental Illness

Marcus Bachmann husband of Michele Bachmann the congresswoman has such a high staff turnover and small inner-circle, Marcus Bachmann is his wife’s closest confidant. Another former staffer said the congresswoman didn’t talk about her husband much, but that he called the office almost every day, sometimes as many as three times a day.

Bachmann’s credentials are nearly nonexistent. His education from Union College (located in Cincinnati, Ohio—a school he never physically attended) was on-line, and at the time he received his PhD (it is in interdisciplinary studies, and not in psychology as he states) was unaccredited (the doctorate in psychology was denounced by the US Department of Education in 2004 as being false, a condemnation that the school’s administrators passed on to their “graduates”—which Bachmann elected to ignore). He is not registered with any of the three boards that certify mental health practitioners and professions in the state. The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. And a search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result. (Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58291_Page2.html#ixzz1RRNvTtE3.)

Trisha Stark, of the Minnesota Psychological Association, said that the title “clinical therapist” is not widely used in professional circles and that Bachmann is able to operate his clinic because of state rules regarding mental health practice. “Minnesota is one of the only states in which you can practice mental health without a license,” Stark said. As various news agencies and reporters have discovered, the Bachmann and Associates office declined to comment on his professional credentials, and the campaign did not respond to requests for comment. (Read: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58291_Page2.html#ixzz1RRO95tN8)

In 2006, City Pages, a Minneapolis alternative weekly, reported on a 2005 presentation that Dr. Bachmann delivered at the Grace Church in Eden Prairie titled “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda,” during which he introduced three people as “former homosexuals” as proof that sexual orientation is a choice—although he offered no proof that any of the “ex-gays” had ever been homosexual except in thought. That same article also reported that Bachmann & Associates, the Christian counseling center he runs, practiced “reparative therapy,” a method of converting homosexuals to heterosexuality often called “praying away the gay.”

In 2010, in an interview last year with a Christian-radio talk show, Marcus Bachmann, a therapist who runs a faith-infused counseling center here, compared homosexuals to “barbarians” who “need to be educated, need to be disciplined.”  This follows the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod of the Lutheran church, a sect that rabidly follows the most hate-filled writings of Martin Luther after 1543.

Dr. Bachmann’s strong anti-gay views would hardly be noteworthy outside of the suburban towns marked with water towers in the St. Croix Valley, except that his wife, Rep. Michele Bachmann, is suddenly the hottest commodity in the Republican presidential field. She has staffed up with professional consultants, but her husband of 32 years plays a central role. Dr. Bachmann, who recently called himself his wife’s “strategist,” has acted as her media planner, traveling assistant and even personal shopper. They share a bond born of a mutual religious awakening in high school and college, a deep faith in an especially conservative form of Lutheranism, and a common abhorrence of homosexuality.

Marcus Bachmann (long-suspected homosexual) husand of Michele Bachmann

While Michele Bachmann has repeatedly spoken out against federal subsidies, Marcus Bachmann has taken over $137,000 in federal Medicaid payments. Bachmann press secretary Alice Stewart issued a statement Wednesday contending that it “would be discriminatory” for the clinic to turn away Medicaid patients. She says Marcus Bachmann’s business, which is sectarian (http://www.bachmanncounseling.com/) and not open to public scrutiny nor non-Christians (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bachmann-20110626,0,1896024.story) has the responsibility to provide the care “regardless of a patient’s financial situation.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/29/michele-bachmann-medicaid-funds_n_887107.html; ref. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/michele-bachmanns-husband-shares-her-strong-conservative-values/2011/06/21/gIQAyNmvzH_story.html) with Michele not reporting $24,000 coming from the State of Minnesota of it on her federal financial disclosure forms required by federal law (http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/28/6968201-bachmanns-husband-got-137000-in-medicaid-funds). The Minnesota Department of Human Services paid Marcus $160,000 for his sectarian counseling.

There is the perennial question: Is Marcus Bachmann gay? There are numerous responses: such as the video at http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2010/09/10923/ that comes with the label “no comment”.  Marcus’ hostility towards homosexuals borders distinctly on a suppressed desire to execute homosexuals (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrn8y_tX3no) as did Hitler following the advice of Martin Luther.  That Marcus Bachmann may be repressing his own homosexual identity, read: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=single-angry-straight-male. As an obsessive compulsive mental disorder, read: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder-OCD-/HOCD-or-repressed-homosexuality/show/965144).

What Marcus Bachmann, like his wife, Michele Bachmann, shows is classic xenophobia that is now a diagnosable and treatable mental illness (http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/xenophobia-symptoms-diagnosis.htm and the American Psychological Association’s judgment on xenophobia read: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/policy/racism.aspx; the American Psychiatric Association’s report on xenophobia is at http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Xenophobia/id/579231). Michele’s mental illness is far more acute, as seen in the police report she made when she hallucinated that she was being “held captive” by two women whom she believed were lesbians—but with investigation there was no kidnapping or involuntary captivity.  Michele’s distortion of what happened is a classic case of self-repression and self-hatred, as discussed here: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/scientific-proof-homophobia-linked-to-repressed-homosexuality.   Here is the full police report:

Bachmann report p. 1

Bachmann report p. 2

Bachmann report p. 3

 

Bachmann 4

  

Bachmann Report 5

What is unique to some but well-known to the Bachmanns, is that if you substitute the word “homosexual” for the word “Jew” in the writings of Martin Luther (On the Jews and Their Lies), you have the very message given by Marcus Bachmann a Lutheran of the Wisconsin Synod of the Lutheran Church: the most radical and hate-filled synod within the Lutheran communion in the USA.

"On the Jews and their Lies" by Martin Luther

As Bernhard Rust served as Minister of Education in Nazi Germany, wrote:  Since Martin Luther closed his eyes, no such son of our people has appeared again. It has been decided that we shall be the first to witness his reappearance…. I think the time is past when one may not say the names of Hitler and Luther in the same breath. They belong together; they are of the same old stamp [Schrot und Korn]. —Volkischer Beobachter, 25 Aug. 1933.  Substitute “homosexual” for “Jew” in this famous Luther quotation: “Learn from this, dear Christian, what you are doing if you permit the blind Jews to mislead you. Then the saying will truly apply, “When a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into the pit” [cf. Luke 6:39]. You cannot learn anything from them except how to misunderstand the divine commandments…” and from the same book, by Martin Luther: “Therefore be on your guard against the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found but a den of devils in which sheer self-glory, conceit, lies, blasphemy, and defaming of God and men are practiced most maliciously and veheming [vehemently] his eyes on them.”

"Judensau" by Martin Luther his concept of Christian compassion

Consider also, Martin Luther’s rant: “But for us Christians they stand as a terrifying example of God’s wrath” coupled with “Alas, it cannot be anything but the terrible wrath of God which permits anyone to sink into such abysmal, devilish, hellish, insane baseness, envy, and arrogance. If I were to avenge myself on the devil himself I should be unable to wish him such evil and misfortune as God’s wrath inflicts on the Jews, compelling them to lie and to blaspheme so monstrously, in violation of their own conscience. Anyway, they have their reward for constantly giving God the lie.” Also: “…but then eject them forever from this country. For, as we have heard, God’s anger with them is so intense that gentle mercy will only tend to make them worse and worse, while sharp mercy will reform them but little. Therefore, in any case, away with them!” Finally, Luther preys: “My essay, I hope, will furnish a Christian (who in any case has no desire to

Christian theologians and Adolf Hitler

become a Jew) with enough material not only to defend himself against the blind, venomous Jews, but also to become the foe of the Jews’ malice, lying, and cursing, and to understand not only that their belief is false but that they are surely possessed by all devils. May Christ, our dear Lord, convert them mercifully and preserve us steadfastly and immovably in the knowledge of him, which is eternal life. Amen.” (The 1543 original is Von den Jüden und jren Lügen; an English translation is available: Luther, Martin, On the Jews and Their Lies, translated by Martin H. Bertram, Fortress Press, 1955.) 

Luther and Hitler had strict policy towards Jews (as Bachmann has towards LGBT people):

Painting commissioned by Hitler of Luther

(1) for Jewish synagogues [gay churches and synagogues according to Bachmann] and schools to be burned to the ground, and the remnants buried out of sight;

(2) for houses owned by Jews [gays according to Bachmann] to be likewise razed, and the owners made to live in agricultural outbuildings;

(3) for their religious writings [Bachmann demands that all gay-tolerant writing, apologetic, fiction, and so forth] to be taken away [and with Bachmann, destroyed];

(4) for rabbis [gay leaders in Bachmann’s denunciation] to be forbidden to preach, and to be executed if they do;

(5) for safe-conduct on the roads to be abolished for Jews;

(6) for usury to be prohibited, and for all silver and gold to be removed and “put aside for safekeeping” [Bachmann wants higher taxes for LGBTs, but argues that LGBTs should be required to pay higher interest rates claiming that LGBT people are not good credit risks]; and

Luther's legacy for the Jews as seen in Poland and Europe

(7) for the Jewish population to be put to work as agricultural slave labor [Bachmann would deny LGBT people jobs especially as teachers and in the professions]. (Cf. Michael Robert (2006). Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006; see chapter 4 “The Germanies [sic] from Luther to Hitler,” pp. 105-151.)

Vander Plaats and Bachmann (Des Moines IA Register)

Marcus Bachmann is more idiotic than Iowa’s Robert Vander Plaats, arguably a closeted homosexual, who argues that homosexuality was equal to second-hand smoke. Vander Plaats has long been preaching hatred against the LGBT community, leading a drive to unseat the Iowa Supreme Court that voted unanimously to recognize that all LGBT people have inalienable rights including the right to marriage and maintain a recognized family under the laws of Iowa.  The photo used was in the Des Moines, Iowa Register, but was removed from the internet on July 8, 2011 at 10:41 a.m. for fear of it costing subscriptions among the radical right and Vander Plaats conservative evangelical extremists.  It was captured for this blog within seconds after the removal as a thumbnail. This blogger will not be intimidated nor silenced, as freedom of speech is still guaranteed in the US Constitution regardless of what the radical right roars, http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/04/16017/  and one wonders if both men protest too much (http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/07/separated-at-birth.html; cp. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014 with a unique showing of Marcus’ pronounced lisp http://jamesurbaniak.tumblr.com/post/7109330429/its-pretty-much-a-given-that-the-most). 

Marcus and Michele Bachmann at New Hampshire political rally 2011

Like Iowa’s Vander Plaats, the Bachmanns’ attack on same-sex marriage is xenophobic.  Xenophobia is among the most dangerous form of mental illness, as all respected professional organizations have noted, for irrational fear leads to irrational behavior, and when it comes to homosexuality, homophobia is predominate among those with the strongest latent tendencies (and they have the greatest fixation on homosexual pornography, lifestyle, and actions, with homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli (read:  Adams, H.E., Wright, L.W. Jr., Lohr, B.A., (1996).  “Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal,” in Journal of Abnormal Psychology (August; 105(3):440-445) cf. Barnat, J.A., Calhoun, K.S., Adams, H.E., Zeichner, A. (2001). “Homophobia and physical aggression toward homosexual and heterosexual individuals,” Journal of Abnormal Psychology February; 110(1):179-187; and, Parrott, D.J., Zeichner, A. (2006), Journal of Interpersonal Violence March; 21(3):390-410; Parrott, D.J., Peterson, J.L. (2008). “What motivates hate crimes based on sexual orientation? Mediating effects of anger on antigay aggression,” Aggressive Behavior May-June; 34(3):306-318. Parrott, D.J., Zeichner, A. (2008). “Determinants of anger and physical aggression based on sexual orientation: an experimental examination of hypermasculinity and exposure to male gender role violations,” Archives of Sexual Behavior December; 37(6):891-901. Parrott, D.J., Peterson, J.L. (2008) May-June; 34(3):306-318; Parrott, D.J. (2009), “Aggression toward gay men as gender role enforcement: effects of male role norms, sexual prejudice, and masculine gender role stress,” Journal of Personality August; 77(4):1137-1166. Hudepohl, A.D., Parrott, D.J., Zeichner, A. (2010).  “Heterosexual men’s anger in response to male homosexuality: effects of erotic and non-erotic depictions of male-male intimacy and sexual prejudice. Journal of Homosexuality 57(8):1022-1038.  Religion is one of the greatest reasons for homophobia and homophobic attacks on LGBT people under the guise of defending a deity, as is the case with the Bachmanns. Read: Edwards, G.R. (1989-1990). “A critique of creationist homophobia,” Journal of Homosexuality 18(3-4):95-118. Kubicek, K., McDavitt, B., Carpineto, J., Weiss, G., Iverson, E., Kipke, M.D. (2009), “God Made me Gay for a Reason”: Young Men who have Sex with Men’s Resiliency in Resolving Internalized Homophobia from Religious Sources,” Journal of Adolescent Research September1;24(5):601-633. Jaspal, R., Cinnirella, M. (2010). “Coping with potentially incompatible identities: accounts of religious, ethnic, and sexual identities from British Pakistani men who identify as Muslim and gay,” British Journal of Social Psychology December;49(Pt 4):849-870.  Wood, M.E. (2000).  “How we got this way: the sciences of homosexuality and the Christian Right,” Journal of Homosexuality 38(3):19-40.  Fetner, T. (2005).  “Ex-gay rhetoric and the politics of sexuality: the Christian antigay/pro-family movement’s “truth in love” ad campaign,” Journal of Homosexuality 50(1):71-95. Grace, A.P. (2008). “The charisma and deception of reparative therapies: when medical science beds religion,” Journal of Homosexuality. 55(4):545-580.   Barbosa, P., Torres, H. Silva, M.A., Khan, N. (2010).  Journal of Homosexuality 57(1):98-116.

The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state:  “There is no scientific basis for distinguishing between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples with respect to the legal rights, obligations, benefits, and burdens conferred by civil marriage.” (Read: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/documents/Amer_Psychological_Assn_Amicus_Curiae_; on the positive effects of same-sex self-actualized relationships read: http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/therapeutic-response.pdf; on sex and mental health read: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/policy/sexual-orientation.aspx). The fact is that all legitimate mental health groups endorse marriage equality, exposing another Marcus Bachmann lie that he is a mental health expert.  As for Marcus Bachmann using the Bible like Vander Plaats to condemn homosexuality, they should both read: Breen, M.S., (1997). “Narrative inversion: the biblical heritage of The well of loneliness and Desert of the heart,” Journal of Homosexuality 33(3-4):187-206.  Brown, A.B. (1997).  “Inverted conversions: reading the Bible and writing the lesbian subject in Oranges are not the only fruit,” Journal of Homosexuality 33(3-4):233-252. Sheard, A. (2000), “Bible’s stance on homosexuality. Bible shows no understanding of homosexual orientation as mutually supportive and affirming,” British Medical Journal of the British Medical Association – Research Edition February 19;320(7233):514-515. Locke, K.A. (2004).  “The Bible on homosexuality: exploring its meaning and authority,” Journal of Homosexuality 48(2):125-156.  Furthermore, there is no evidence that a child having gay parents (two of the same gender, or two parents who are both gay but opposite genders) has any adverse affect on the child, contrary to the preachifications of Marcus Bachmann; read: Shiller, V.M. (2007). “Science and advocacy issues in research on children of gay and lesbian parents,” American Psychologist 62(7):712-713, and Telingator, C.J., Patterson, C. (2008).  “Children and adolescents of lesbian and gay parents,” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry December;47(12):1364-1368. Patterson, C.J. (2009). “Children of lesbian and gay parents: psychology, law, and policy,” American Psychologist November;64(8):727-736; and, as noted in Patterson, C.J. (1992; an older study), “Children of lesbian and gay parents,” Child Development October 63(5):1025-1042, “there is no evidence that the development of children with lesbian or gay parents is compromised in any significant respect relative to that among children of heterosexual parents in otherwise comparable circumstances.”  This is reinforced by the review of Tasker, F. (2005) “Lesbian mothers, gay fathers, and their children: a review,” in Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics June 26(3):224-240. In short, Marcus Bachmann is technically and unprofessionally qualified to be a counselor much less a psychologist anywhere, for he is neither current with contemporary psychological and psychiatric research and is doing more damage to people who are drawn to professionals in quest of discovering their real self and self-actualization.  Marcus Bachmann should be permanently removed from psychological rosters and prohibited for pretending to be a psychologist as he is destroying lives deliberately in an effort to promote his biblical ideas as if he were a pastor within the WELS.  Why the State of Minnesota permits this man to “practice” psychology.  The fact that Marcus Bachmann promotes himself as his wife’s “strategist” and “advisers” shows that he would ipso facto be the President of the USA if she were to win, and that democracy would end as both have wanted, claiming that the USA was founded as a theocracy (http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/cspanjunkie/congresswoman-bachmann-we-would-do-well cp. http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/90900/michele-bachmann-iowa-republican-nomination-speech-gop and http://www.laprogressive.com/election-reform-campaigns/god-bachmann/ also http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/02/09/835334/-Michele-Bachmann-updateUSA-will-be-destroyed-if with a video at http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200910060049; ref. http://4and20blackbirds.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/michele-bachmann-the-special-kind-of-crazy/ and compare my https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/michele-bachmanns-attack-on-us-history-constitution-minorities/ and http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/michele-bachmann-hides-extremist-views-) a theocracy in which, on July 7, 2011, Michelle Bachmann signed Robert Vander Plaats, who parrots Adolf Hitler nearly verbatim (https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/martin-luther-adolf-hitler-bob-vander-plaats-and-iowa/ and https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/bob-vander-plaats-obsession-with-homosexuality/ cp. https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/bob-vander-plaats-and-the-rise-of-iowa-fascism/ and https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/bob-vander-plaats-and-the-rise-of-iowas-nazis/), document for FAMiLY to ban “all types of pornography” (such as a nude David by Michelangelo) that she is accustomed to seeing (http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/07/07/update-bachmann-is-first-to-sign-family-leaders-pro-marriage-pledge/). What the Bachmanns and Vander Plaats ignore is the psychological studies, tests, and scientific investigations into the effects and affects of pornography.  Dr. Patrick Carnes (an internationally known speaker on addiction and recovery issues. He is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction (1983 reprinted 1992), a pioneer in sexual addiction research, has outlined four core beliefs common in most sexual addicts, with the emphasis on addiction being an uncontrollable need to feel satisfied emotionally, physically and/or sexually. Carnes received a Ph.D. in counselor education and organizational development from the University of Minnesota in 1980.  He works at Pine Grove Behavioral Center in Hattiesburg, MS, although he lives in Phoenix, AZ and travels between home and office.  He is a recovered sex addict, and uses himself as a role model and his most recent patient was golfer Tiger Woods.  Videos are at http://wn.com/Dr_Patrick_Carnes_%7C_What_Is_Addiction?_%7C_SexHelpcom. Carnes has his critics who are also specialists in addiction, and like Roger Libby, a relationship therapist in Seattle, WA notes, a person cannot be addicted to himself or herself—only to an external substance.  The main problem with Carnes is he has not kept notes on his studies or cures and thus they cannot be scientifically duplicated, repeated, or verified, which means that Carnes 12-step program is not scientific (see: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/sexual_addiction/index.html). Addiction is a behavior to achieve the same results, and addiction can be anything from eating food to smoking, drinking, and so forth (http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/what-is-sexual-addiction/). Sex addicts do not necessarily become sex offenders. Moreover, not all sex offenders are sex addicts. Roughly 55 percent of convicted sex offenders can be considered sex addicts.  sex offenders act not for sexual gratification, but rather out of a disturbed need for power, dominance, control or revenge, or a perverted expression of anger. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, Volume Four describes sex addiction, under the category “Sexual Disorders Not Otherwise Specified,” as “distress about a pattern of repeated sexual relationships involving a succession of lovers who are experienced by the individual only as things to be used.” According to the manual, sex addiction also involves “compulsive searching for multiple partners, compulsive fixation on an unattainable partner, compulsive masturbation, compulsive love relationships and compulsive sexuality in a relationship.” [I am using Diagnostisches und statistisches Manual psychischer Störungen, DSM-IV : übersetzt nach der vierten Auflage des Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders der American Psychiatric Association / deutsche Bearbeitung und Einführung von Henning Sass, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, und Michael Zaudig ; redaktionelle Koordination, Isabel Houben. Göttingen ; Seattle : Hogrefe, Verlag für Psychologie, c1996; 4th volume is DSM-IV; the American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic Critreia from DSM-IV, Washington, DC: The Association, c1994 is also available on a CD-ROM, ISBN 158562019X, version 1.0] It does not include pornography although pornography can create the desire especially in those who are openly homophobic and in these cases their goal is homosexual sex.

Defending the "traditional family" where more than 50% get divorced

Addictions usually result from growing up in a dysfunctional family, especially one with rigid rules and fundamental evangelical extremism in the area of religion and religious training, little warmth and affirmation, abandonment, and sexual or emotional abuse.  A rise in hostile actions against homosexuals can be traced primarily to hatred based on fear and self-righteousness and an eagerness to control others, especially what others see, read, say, and with whom they associate.  Psychoanalysts see the expression of anti-gay bias by men and women (who fear being around two or more women whom they do not know to be heterosexual, as is the case with Michele Bachmann) as being a way to reassure themselves that they are not homosexual or by organized hate groups such as Focus on the Family, FAMiLY (in Iowa), the return of the Inquisition in Christian churches, that like Michele and Marcus Bachmann ignore Proverbs 11:9 (http://www.bibble.org/gay/religious/nebraska_methodist_inquisition.html) and the KKK (cf. http://www.cyberpsych.org/homophobia/roughton.htm).

Michele’s Bachmann’s mental disorder (Ψυχολογίαλογία) her admission that she would “cure” the USA of its sins and restore [sic] it as a Christian nation, an obsessional neurosis that Sigmund Freud defined in 1984 in his Neuro-Psychoses of Defence that Pierre Janet used as the basis for his description of psychasthenia. Freud argued further that “the possibility that a chronological outstripping of libidinal development by ego development should be included in the disposition to obsessional neurosis. A precocity of this kind would necessitate the choice of an object under the influence of the ego-instincts, at a time when the sexual instincts had not yet assumed their final shape, and a fixation at the stage of the pregenital sexual organization would thus be left” (Freud, Sigmund (1913), The Disposition to Obsessional Neurosis: A Contribution to the Problem of Choice of Neurosis, in SE [Standard Edition of the Complete Works of Sigmund Freud, Translated from the German under the general editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud, assisted by Alix Strachey and Alan Tyson. London, Hogarth Press [1953-74], 24 volumes;  12:311-326, p. 325; Freud uses the word Zwangsneurose which includes compulsive thought or obsessions as well as compulsive acts (Zwangshandlungen) as well as compulsive affects (Zwangsaffekte)  such as signing pledges limiting the right of choice for others). Thus, in the object relation, hate will precede love and “obsessional neurotics have to develop a super-morality in order to protect their object-love from the hostility lurking behind it” (p. 325). (http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/barton-s-bunk-religious-right-historian-hits-the-big-time-tea-party-america: it never was—nor founded as—a Christian nation), where eight-year-old John Quincy Adams worked tirelessly as president to end slavery in the USA (http://www.laprogressive.com/election-reform-campaigns/god-bachmann/), with much of her current political posturing comings from equally uninformed members of Congress like Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) who claimed that the GOP was responsible for civil rights legislation and measures to protect the environment (Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), see the video). She supports David Barton, a pseudo-scholar, who claims that twentieth chapter of the book of Matthew (20:7-16:  λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· ὅτι οὐδεὶς ἡμᾶς ἐμισθώσατο. λέγει αὐτοῖς· ὑπάγετε καὶ ὑμεῖς εἰς τὸν ἀμπελῶνα. 8 ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης λέγει ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος τῷ ἐπιτρόπῳ αὐτοῦ· κάλεσον τοὺς ἐργάτας καὶ ἀπόδος τὸν μισθὸν ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ τῶν ἐσχάτων ἕως τῶν πρώτων. 9  ἐλθόντες δὲ οἱ περὶ τὴν ἑνδεκάτην ὥραν ἔλαβον ἀνὰ δηνάριον. 10 καὶ ἐλθόντες οἱ πρῶτοι ἐνόμισαν ὅτι πλεῖον λήμψονται καὶ ἔλαβον [τὸ] ἀνὰ δηνάριον καὶ αὐτοί. 11 λαβόντες δὲ ἐγόγγυζον κατὰ τοῦ οἰκοδεσπότου 12 λέγοντες· οὗτοι οἱ ἔσχατοι μίαν ὥραν ἐποίησαν, καὶ ἴσους ἡμῖν αὐτοὺς ἐποίησας τοῖς βαστάσασιν τὸ βάρος τῆς ἡμέρας καὶ τὸν καύσωνα. 13 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς ἑνὶ αὐτῶν εἶπεν· ἑταῖρε, οὐκ ἀδικῶ σε· οὐχὶ δηναρίου συνεφώνησας μοι; 14 ἆρον τὸ σὸν καὶ ὕπαγε. θέλω δὲ τούτῳ τῷ ἐσχάτῳ δοῦναι ὡς καὶ σοί· 15  οὐκ ἔξεστιν μοι ὁ θέλω ποιῆσαι ἐν τοῖς ἐμοῖς; ἢ ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου πονηρός ἐστιν ὅτι ἐγὼ ἀγαθός εἰμι; 16 οὕτως ἔσονται οἱ ἔσχατοι πρῶτοι καὶ οἱ πρῶτοι ἔσχατοι.) about the owner of a vineyard making different arrangements with workers was about “the right of private contract” – in other words, the right of employers to come to individual agreements with each employee (Jesus is against collective bargaining according to this mythology). Jesus’ parable, Barton claims, is “anti-minimum wage” and “anti-socialist-union kind of stuff.” 

Michele Bachmann endorses creationism and Intelligent Design and lies about what scientists say

Constantly she proves herself to be, like husband Marcus, a biblical illiterate, yet demands that the Bible is taught in public classrooms, along with Intelligent Design–that 17-year-old Zachary Kopplin proved her wrong, and received a letter signed by 43 Nobel Laureates in science denouncing the myth of ID (creationism).

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NAACP NAZI Pastor Keith Ratliff Sr

Bundesarchiv Bild 183-H30223, Ludwig Müller

On May 14, 1933, Ludwig Müller (June 23, 1883 in Gütersloh, Westphalia – July 31, 1945 in Berlin) was a German who headed the German Christians (German: Deutsche Christen) and was imposed by the Nazi government as Landesbischof (bishop) of the Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union (6 July 1933) and Reich’s Bishop (28 June 1933) of the German Evangelical Church (German: Deutsche Evangelische Kirche). a prominent member in the ranks of the German Christian Movement became the principle Bishop of the Evangelical German Reich Church.  Most Protestant pastors and Roman Catholic clergy allied themselves with the Nazi party and their anti-Semitic views got published in the Protestant press even before Hitler’s election into power. The Protestant press influenced millions of its readers with the most prominent being the Sonntagsblatter, and the weekly Sunday newspapers. These weekly papers dwelled on religious piety and preached how they thought of Jews as “the natural enemies of the Christian-national tradition” following Martin Luther’s lead in calling for the extermination of the Jews.  [Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah  (1996).  Hitler’s willing executioners : ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House; the original is under the title Briefe an Goldhagen / eingeleitet und beantwortet. Berlin : Siedler, c1997.] As far as anyone knows, there had never occurred any visible or vocal church protest against the anti-Semitism of the Nazi party before it came into power. (Die Juden in Deutschland 1933-1945, herausgegeben von Wolfgang Benz, Verlag C.H. Beck, Munich 1989, part VI, pages 499-544, Der November- pogrom 1938. The second sentence of this chapter begins: “Der Novem- berpogrom, als “Reichkristallnacht” im Umgangstonverniedlicht…” (The Novemberpogrom was “prettified” in the vernacular as crystal night.”) pastors openly welcomed the Nazi’s believing that the reintroduction of government by Christian authorities, affirmed St. Paul that “the power that be are ordained by God.” (Romans 13:1). Under the continuing influence of the Lutheran Court Preacher Adolf Stocker, the Protestants, led by Lutheran clergy and their bishops believed that the future of German Lutheranism lay in obliterating the Jewish background of Christianity, and creating a national religion based on the traditions of German Christianity. They repeatedly stressed Luther’s anti-Semitic statements that no Jew deserved life.

Dibelius, in the middle, with Makarios III (right), president of Cyprus, and Prelate Tukowsky (left)

One of the “moral” pastors of the nation,Friedrich Karl Otto Dibelius was a German bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg, declared in a letter after April 1933, that he has been “always an antisemite.” Dibelius had expressed that he wanted the Jews to die out peaceably, bloodlessly (what a guy!) Wolfgang Gerlach, a German Evangelical pastor and historian of the Christian churches during the Nazi period, observed Bishop Dibelius’ anti-Semitic sentiments as “well-nigh representative of German Christendom” in the beginning of 1933. [Goldhagen, pp.108-9].

Martin Luther - spiritual ancestor to Adolf Hitler

Bishop Martin Sasse of Thuringia, a leading Protestant churchman, published a compendium of Martin Luther’s anti-Semitic vitriol shortly after Kristallnacht(the first openly public attacks against the Jews by the Nazis). He applauded the burning of the synagogues and the coincidence of the day: “On November 10, 1938, on Luther’s birthday, the synagogues are burning in Germany… of the greatest antisemite of his time, the warner of his people against the Jews.” [Goldhagen p.111] He also edited a brochure for his ministers at the end of November 1938 titled, “Martin Luther and the Jews: do Away with Them!” He was not one to mince words, but detailed the evil that was behind Lutheran theology and Luther’s own foul mouth that spat hatred more than love, for Luther was like Ratliff Sr: totaly unfamiliar with any concept of compassion, concern, or generosity of spirit, and totally void of knowledge of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.

Title page of Martin Luther's On the Jews and Their Lies. Wittenberg, 1543

Bishop Martin Sasse, a “devout Lutheran”, quoted extensively from Luther’s book “On the Jews and their lies” (Luther, Martin (1543). Von den Jüden und jren Lügen; in modern spelling Von den Juden und ihren Lügen, a 65,000-word antisemitic treatise that led to a Lutheran Church led pogrom againt the Jews which other “non-official” churches celebrated. Martin Luther wrote advice the Hitler and men like Hitler who would come after Hitler’s suicide: “First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians. For whatever we tolerated in the past unknowingly_and I myself was unaware of it_will be pardoned by God. But if we, now that we are informed, were to protect and shield such a house for the Jews, existing right before our very nose, in which they lie about, blaspheme, curse, vilify, and defame Christ and us (as was heard above), it would be the same as if we were doing all this and even worse ourselves, as we very well know.” (A complete English translation is at: http://www.awitness.org/books/luther/on_jews_and_their_lies_p2.html; cp. Wollenberg, Jorg, ed. (1996), The German Public and the Persecution of the Jews 1933-1945: No One Participated, No One Knew (Chapter: When the Witnesses Were Silent, The Confessing Church and the Jews, by Wolfgang Gerlach), Humanities Press, New Jersey; p. 73] but this was in keeping with Martin Luther. In Mein Kampf, Hitler listed Martin Luther as one of the greatest reformers, and the Protestants of Germany were delighted, and demanded that more than the Jews be erased from the planet, but in the name of a “terrifying, wrathful God demanding sacrifice” that the “Homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses [and other] low life” be denied all rights under the law” and killed expeditiously.

Self-proclaimed "Reverend" Keith Ratliff, Sr. in Des Moines, IA 2011

Today, in the State of Iowa (USA), there is another pastor who is even more ignorant of scripture of his Bible, and follows in the steps of the Protestant pastors who not only endorsed but supported in regular sermons the destruction of Jewish synagogues, the arrest, incarceration, and execution of Jews, homosexuals, White Russians, Polish Roman Catholics, “Romas” or “Gypsies” from Romania (their original origin was Egypt), and others:  Keith Ratliff, Sr.,  Pastor of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church located in Des Moines, Iowa, who for some unexplained reason is the head of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP.  Obviously ignorant of Matthew 7:1 (μη κρινετε ινα μη κριθητε), and most assuredly has ignored Act 10:24 (τη δε επαυριον εισηλθεν εις την καισαρειαν ο δε κορνηλιος ην προσδοκων αυτους συγκαλεσαμενος τους συγγενεις αυτου και τους αναγκαιους φιλους), on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Ratliff boomed out as if preaching to a college of Nazis, that homosexuals in Iowa had no civil rights and implied they had no human rights.  He claims that civil rights are for Black people–ignoring that many Blacks are gay (http://www.topix.com/forum/afam/TMDDS032AEM27OJ8J).  Ratliff has ignored deliberately all of the essays on civil rights written by Black leaders in the USA (http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/bible/civilrts.html; there are numerous biblical passages that do call for basic civil rights for all people: Genesis 9:6:  שֹׁפֵךְ דַּם הָאָדָם בָּאָדָם דָּמֹו יִשָּׁפֵךְ כִּי בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים עָשָׂה אֶת־הָאָדָם׃, Exodus 22:21: וְגֵר לֹא־תֹונֶה וְלֹא תִלְחָצֶנּוּ כִּי־גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם׃ ; Leviticus 19:33-34 on the treatment of immigrants: וְכִי־יָגוּר אִתְּךָ גֵּר בְּאַרְצְכֶם לֹא תֹונוּ אֹתֹו׃ כְּאֶזְרָח םִכֶּם יִהְיֶה לָכֶם הַגֵּר הַגָּר אִתְּכֶם וְאָהַבְתָּ לֹו כָּמֹוךָ כִּי־גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם׃ ; Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 15:7-8 on providing for the poor, Leviticus 25:39-41 for the release of indentured servants after fifty years, and all people are equal: Proverbs 22:2 etc., but Ratliff never mentions those passages in his double-barreled attack on those he does not approve of because of some characteristic of which he is in fear, especially of Galatians 5:1: τη ελευθερια ημας χριστος ηλευθερωσεν στηκετε ουν και μη παλιν ζυγω δουλειας ενεχεσθε). Ratliff Sr. barked: “Deviant behavior is not the same as being denied your right to vote,” and calling any parallel between the African-​American civil rights movement and the gay civil rights movement an “insult.”  His message was as clear as that of Martin Luther’s An den christlichen Adel deutscher Nation (1520). (Cp. http://nbjc.org/news/the-nbjc-comes-to-iowa.html)

Keith Ratliff Sr. (Des Moines, IA 2011)

Ratliff Sr. has no education nor a degree in Bible or Theology, but earned a Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in History/Education and a Master’s degree from Drake University in Religious Leadership (definitely ignoring any religious training in compassion).  He was a Senior Engineering Analyst at John Deere Des Moines Works for thirty-three years (http://maplestreetmbc.org/pastor.html) as most Baptist pastors are self-called and most hold jobs outside of their church. Few of Ratliff’s claims to “greatness” can be substantiated, yet this alleged associate of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (the son of Michael King (December 19, 1899 – November 11, 1984), condemned any idea that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (born Michael Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 – assassinated on April 4, 1968); he later had his name changed to Martin. In 1957 he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. family; last official portrait of the entire family taken in the Study of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA (USA)

The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. At the age of 35, Martin Luther King was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize; he gave the prize money,  $54,123, to further the civil rights movement in the USA), would have supported gay rights or civil same-​sex marriage (http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=7832&MediaType=1&Category=26).  Ratliff Sr. rejects the credo of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), whose mission clearly states, “is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-​based discrimination.” 

Benjamin Todd Jealous (President of NAACP 2011)

Ratliff’s anti-​gay actions also go directly against the teachings of the NACCP’s president, and Chairman, Benjamin Todd Jealous, and Jealous’ predecessor, Julian Bond. Additionally, Dr. King’s right-​hand man, Bayard Rustin, who planned the historic march on Washington, was openly-​gay.  Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987, he was 75 and continued to support gay and lesbian causes throughout his life) counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance and was called both the American Socrates as well as the American Ghandi, so opposed was he to violence and the hatred that spewed out of the uneducated mouths of ordained and unordained pastors, priests, rabbis and others who claimed to speak for a god of hate who had no compassion for mortals that the god’s spokesmen claimed were sinners. 

Bayard Rustin (August 1963)

Rustin became an advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career and openly compared the plight of gays and lesbians to the injustices experienced by Black people.

Jealous last year said, “I personally support marriage equality,” (Jealous’ transcript is here: http://www.lgbtpov.com/2010/04/naacps-benjamin-jealous-for-black-activists-gay-rights-are-personal/) and Bond has spoken publicly and eloquently in support of same-​sex marriage (http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/julian-bond-naacp-chair-speaks-to-nj-senate-supporting-gay-marriage/politics/2009/12/07/5581). 

King’s widow, Coretta Scott King (she died February 1, 2006), has publicly proclaimed that her husband did support the rights of all people and she personally endorsed gays rights and the rights of all people (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-03-24-king-marriage_x.htm that reports that Coretta Scott King said:

Coretta Scott King speaking in Nigeria in 2003, age 75.

“Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union,” she said. “A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.”).  She had no difficulty in talking down the evangelical ministers in Nigeria who were demanding that the national government of Nigeria execute all homosexuals, whom they claimed, were “out to convert their children” — a claim that has been used by Ratliff, John Lively and a host of other anti-gay theological terrorists who have traveled to Nigeria and Uganda to encourage legislators to pass bills to condemn to death anyone even suspected of being gay.  In each case, these USA born preachers have never read the actual scriptures nor know what the words mean (contemporary English editions do use the word “homosexual”, but that was not a word used in the ancient world when the Torah or Bible were written; the word does not even appear in popular coinage until 1892, in C.G. Chaddock’s translation of Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis, as it is  from homo– (ὁμός),  comb. form of Gk. homos  “same” and sexualis; The noun is first recorded The first known appearance of homosexual in print is found in an 1869 German pamphlet by the Austrian-born novelist Karl-Maria Kertbeny, published anonymously, arguing against a Prussian anti-sodomy law, 1912 in English, 1907 in French. See more from the American Psychological Association at http://www.apa.org/about/governance/council/policy/sexual-orientation.aspx).

Today the untrained, illiterate in religious literature, tracts, and scriptures, bray similar to Ratliff and Robert Vander Plaats of Iowa. They use scare tactics and the same theater as Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler to promote self-interest or (as with Senator Larry Edwin Craig (R-ID): Murphy, Patti; David Stout (2007-08-29). “Idaho Senator Says He Regrets Guilty Plea in Restroom Incident”. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/29/washington/29craig.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. ) to hide their own sexual frustrations and/or orientations. It is what is destroying Iowa, Nebraska, and the USA.

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