Michele Bachmann: and bullying the gay teens
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Nov 20, 2012
From the Minnesota Daily, the student-run newspaper at the U of M:
During a Q-and-A in 2011 at Waverly Town Hall, Bachmann stated, "I ascribe honor and dignity to every person," and then later, "We all have the same civil rights. And so that's really what the government's role is - to protect our civil rights."
Then, when asked in further detail how she felt about the LGBT community and bullying, she went on to say, "There are no special rights based on your sex practices," and "What I believe is that the federal government should have nothing to say about the local school classroom. The president shouldn't; the government shouldn't."
Last year, the mother of a gay teenager who committed suicide in 2010 brought a box to Bachmann's campaign office containing 141,000 signatures petitioning her to publicly address gay bullying. Bachmann responded by stating, "Bullying is wrong." This statement contrasted a previous one she made in 2006, which, in summary, claimed that bullying has always happened and that prohibiting it would be impossible without infringing on freedom of speech. The cherry on top was her final question, "... will we be expecting boys to be girls?"
Spoken like a bully, Michele.
The author is really worried about the kids in Bachmann's district and goes on to say that Bachmann is at best "indifferent" to the problem of bullying.
The author's right. One of the bases of Bachmann's career is homophobia; another is the national and regional Christian Right. She can't take active measures against gay bullying without p***ing off the people who made and preserve her career.
She can't even issue a strong public denunciation of gay bullying without p***ing them off. Anyway, her 2006 remarks indicate that she's more concerned about "boys turning gay" than she is about bullying.
If the national Christian Right does a post-election 180 degree turn and begins to denounce bullying of gay teens--Bachmann will do the same. If the Christian Right keeps its current policy of exploiting and encouraging homophobia for political gain...
...Michele Bachmann will continue to do as she's always done.
#2 Nov 20, 2012
liberals have been trying to gain this seat for decades. It just shows how their hate is NOT working, the left wing nut jobs have thrown several different liberals into the race and the outcome is always the same. Very strong CONSERVATIVE district !!
#3 Nov 20, 2012
GET BENT, MAROON. Bachmann is a REALIST, not a "utopian". Bachmann is NOT in a position to "police" everybody's behavior, nor is she in a position to advocate a law that would violate the U.S. Constitution.
It is in our country's BEST INTESTESTS to support HETEROSEXUAL relationships. Calling that "homophobia" is NONSENSE, and the gay community can't display how a totally gay society could do BETTER than a totally STRAIGHT ONE.
Saint Paul, MN
#4 Nov 21, 2012
As long as the Republicans continue being the exclusionary party, they will continue losing elections.
America does not want hatred and bigotry. Wake uyp, Republicans!
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