That’s reason enough to get glittered...
I don’t know if any of you heard the saga that involved Bachmann claiming to be held against her will by a lesbian and an ex-nun, but if you haven’t, I suggest you read on. It is quite the un-story.
Bachmann was running for Congress in April of 2005, and Pamela Arnold wanted to talk with her at a town hall meeting. Arnold, a 46-year-old who worked at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, lived with her partner, Artic explorer, Ann Bancroft, on a farm in Scandia, Minnesota. At this time, Bachmann was leading the fight against gay marriage in Minnesota.
Arnold showed up to her event, along with a few dozen others. Things were going smoothly. But, when the topic turned to gay marriage, Bachmann ended the meeting early (20 minutes early) and rushed off to the bathroom.
Arnold and a middle aged former nun decided to follow her to ask her more questions. As Bachmann washed her hands (how fitting) the ex-nun began speaking to her about theology. That’s when Bachmann freaked.
“Help!” she cried. “Help! I’m being held against my will!”
Stunned, Arnold (5’1’’) rushed to open the door for a visibly shaken Bachmann. She bolted out, crying and ran to her SUV. She then called the police, and according to the police report, stated that she was “absolutely terrified and has never been that terrorized before as she had no idea what those two women were going to do to her.”
Amusingly enough, the Washington County attorney decided not to press charges, stating in a memo that, “It seems clear from the statements given by both women that they simply wanted to discuss certain issues further with Ms. Bachmann.”
This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so demented. But, it gets worse. Bachmann recently stated this about homosexuality:
“Any of you who have members of your family in the lifestyle, we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It's a very sad life. It's part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay. Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined, and just because someone feels this or thinks this, doesn't mean that we're supposed to go down that road."
It frightens me to think of this woman having a national platform. She can’t be written her off as “dumb” or “ignorant.” She is part of an evangelical machine, using God to push a very specific, hateful political agenda--an organization which is well established and well respected within its community.
Bachmann may seem like another Sarah Palin, but I believe her to be much craftier in her attacks on minorities in this country. To have someone running for President with such a skewed view of the world is scary enough, but to have such a powerful force behind her...well, that is what worries me most of all.
Thoughts? Do you think Bachmann has a chance at being nominated for the 2012 Presidential Election? Would you vote for a woman who bases her policy on such extreme religious rhetoric or do you think there is validity in what she has to say?
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