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More Confirmation: Bachmann’s Clinic Offered Ex-Gay Therapy in 2004

Jim Burroway

July 9th, 2011

The Nation has the details:

In the summer of 2004, Andrew Ramirez, who was just about to enter his senior year of high school, worked up the nerve to tell his family he was gay. His mother took the news in stride, but his stepfather, a conservative Christian, was outraged. … A few weeks later, his parents marched him into the office of Bachmann & Associates, a Christian counseling center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, which is owned by Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus. From the outset, Ramirez says, his therapist—one of roughly twenty employed at the Lake Elmo clinic—made it clear that renouncing his sexual orientation was the only moral choice. “He basically said being gay was not an acceptable lifestyle in God’s eyes,” Ramirez recalls. According to Ramirez, his therapist then set about trying to “cure” him. Among other things, he urged Ramirez to pray and read the Bible, particularly verses that cast homosexuality as an abomination, and referred him to a local church for people who had given up the “gay lifestyle.” He even offered to set Ramirez up with an ex-lesbian mentor.

This comes on the heels of yesterday’s Truth Wins Out’s exposé in which TWO’s Director of Communications and Development John Becker went undercover and received several sessions of ex-gay counseling.



David Roberts
July 9th, 2011 | LINK

“He even offered to set Ramirez up with an ex-lesbian mentor.”

Gee, I wonder who that was…

July 9th, 2011 | LINK

I’m not sure what is meant by the term “mentor.” But, if it means a sex partner so he could test out his attraction to women, that kind of thing would be worth a grand jury or district attorney investigation, particularly if the patient is a minor.

July 12th, 2011 | LINK

I just read an article from Yahoo that further says Bachmann and one of his fellow counselors essentially have their degrees from diploma mills:

July 13th, 2011 | LINK

Bachmann has a PhD from Regent University in Virginia. That’s Pat Robertson’s diploma mill. He has no medical degree.

Funny that non of the sites promoting his crap are loading.

I did get an earful from all of the comment shows last night on MSNBC.

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