Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband are accused! Of what? Child abuse? No. Theft? No. Murder? No. Adultery, abusing a subordinate, lying under oath? No; though if she were, that would make her a good presidential candidate for the other party. But, regardless, no.
No, it is much much worse. Michele Bachmann and her husband are accused of being genuine, practicing, Bible-believing Christians! In public! (Audience: gasp!)
Okay, that isn't the exact wording of the headline. As the political commentary item in the Los Angeles Times actually has it — and I am not making this up — here it is: Michele Bachmann's clinic accused of trying to straighten out gays. Breathlessly relating that there are accusations and proof, proof!, that Christian counselors in a Christian clinic gave counsel aimed at helping people find freedom from homosexual obsessions.
The author snidely observes, "It will be curious to see whether the allegations damage the momentum Bachmann has enjoyed over the last few weeks." Right. Because...?
In their reporting, ABC and NBC evidently made use of material deceptively obtained by a homosexuality advocacy group. As usual, they presented only one side in a positive light and, as usual, it was the anti-God side.
The UK's Daily Mail is no less breathless: 'Pray away the gay': Michele Bachmann and her husband accused of using fake treatments to 'cure' gay people. One wonders many things. First, did they really say this? Second, what makes them "fake treatments"? Third, of course, what would be the "genuine treatments" that would help people find freedom from perverted passions? The Mail is, evidently, the authority on such issues.
However, one reads the extraordinarily biased article for answers in vain. All one receives is shocked, shocked reports of Christians practicing Christianity, unsourced quotations, and howlers like this: the idea that God created us to be heterosexual or that prayer can bring freedom "has been rubbished by psychiatrists who say that it can be incredibly damaging for a gay person to hear." Right! Because psychiatry is monolithic, all psychiatrists have reached final agreement on everything, and psychiatrists purvey sheerly objective truth that is only resisted by knuckle-dragging troglodytes.
Or, in other words, Christians.
So here it is again: sincere Christianity disqualifies from holding public office. Only hypocritical professors such as Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, whose ideology is contrary to Biblical truth, are permitted.
I have no opinion about the Bachmann candidacy. I like who hates her; that's a "plus" for me. In this media-manufactured crisis, she is being depicted as running away from the issue, refusing to answer questions.
I do not know where Bachmann stands on many spiritual issues; however, if the reports are accurate, I think Bachmann is making a mistake. She should not allow herself to be put on the defensive. I have offered similar thoughts in the past here and here and here.
In fact, I'll just close with an edited form of what I wrote more than three years ago.
Were I a Presidential candidate, I think I simply wouldn't allow myself to be manipulated into doing one thing or another about [the MSM Thing of the Day]. When the MSM asked their stupid "gotcha" questions, I'd just reject the questions and replace them with germane, relevant, worthwhile questions.
First, I'd say something like, "I'm not really running as theologian-in-chief."
Then when they'd pester me — as they surely would — I'd say
So what are you asking? Am I a Christian? Yes. Do I believe the Bible? Yes. Do I support full Constitutional rights for people who are neither Christian nor Bible-believing? Yes. Now, here is my question for you in the mainstream media: is the American public at large really pressing you to pursue this issue? Or are they more concerned about the ruin that President Obama has done to our economy, morale, and international standing? Have you figured out yet why the mainstream media is held in such universal contempt, and do you think maybe this is a classic example? Is it your agenda to make it hard only for Bible-believing Christians allowed to run for public office? Are only hypocritical Christians allowed to hold office? Will you be grilling all the candidates and office-holders of both parties and on all tiers on this issue? On what other similar issues will you be demanding specifics — abortion, adultery, lying, theft, rape? What experts will you rely on? How will you choose them? Or could we perhaps get back to discussing political philosophy and political proposals?I simply would not allow the MSM to control the conversation.
And the MSM would hate me.
But I'd be able to look in the mirror every morning and say, "Look! It's still me!"