“Nuts” Isn’t The Word….

This election cycle keeps getting more and more crazy.

First, Michele Bachmann announces she is running for President and wins the Iowa Straw Poll (which is pretty easy for religious-right candidates to do) and then Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he’s running. Oh yeah, he also held a prayer conference/rally in Houston where he invited America’s other 49 governors to come hear crazy, bigoted rants from religious zealots who believe it is their job to radically change the United States…and that Oprah is the harbinger of the Antichrist and gays are evil. So much for separation of church and state.

As I’ve written about before, Bachmann is a darling of the religious far-right. Her pseudo-therapist husband was busted for practicing conversion therapy at his Minnesota office. Conversion therapy, in case you aren’t familiar with it, is a medically unsound, mentally dangerous practice where a doctor tries to change the sexual orientation of his or her patient. The American Psychological Association and several other professional, credible organizations all condemn conversion therapy as dangerous. But to a woman who believes gays are a “part of Satan,” what ever those “secular” organizations have to say is irrelevant to Bachmann and her husband.

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Perry held a prayer rally called “The Response,” where various evangelical speakers and leaders prayed for the nation to “come back to God.” This event may have looked like a modern conference with large television screens, good lighting and special effects, but it contained the same fire-and-brimstone rhetoric that “old-time” preachers and televangelists have been spewing for decades.

I could simply provide the incredible quotes of the loons who helped put on The Response. However, I think seeing and hearing them makes more of an impact…

This goes far beyond politics. Debating on what the tax rate for the richest Americans should be is one thing. Believing that we’re living in the “end times” and that gays, feminists, liberals, and any other group that is not a part of the religious right are all evil is completely different. Exactly how can you be an effective leader when you see your opposition as evil? Where does the insanity stop? If you think you’re chosen by God “bring America back to God,” what’s to stop you from trying to abolish the First Amendment or use the power of the law to discriminate against whole groups of people?

Please, GOP, PLEASE nominate someone who is not Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry. I realize the Tea Party and Moral Majority made you nutty, but please don’t embrace and promote such extremists as candidates for the most powerful position in the world. Sincerely, the rest of the world.

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My Two Cents on Bachmann’s Extreme Beliefs

The more that is revealed about Michele Bachmann and her beliefs, the more insane the thought becomes that she could become the presidential candidate for a major political party in the United States. “Crazy Eyes” is not only far from the mainstream, she’s downright dangerous to our democracy.

For example, Bachman adheres to Dispensationalism, the fundamentalist Christian belief that the return of Jesus Christ is nigh. This eschatological system flourished in the early 20th century in direct opposition to rapid societal change. Rather than adapt and accept new attitudes and scientific discoveries, dispensationalists formed religious denominations, such as the well-known Assemblies of God, and closed themselves in from the rest of society

This explains why in the year 2011, we still have people who believe the earth is 6,000 years old, Darwinian Evolution is false (despite the massive amounts of evidence), homosexuals can be “cured” or should even be arrested and/or put to death and that women belong exclusively in the home. It also explains why in early the 21st century, despite great scientific, technological and societal advances, millions of Americans believe that the end of the world is near.

Bachmann had this to say in 2006 while praying for a friend’s anti-gay ministry:

Lord, the day is at hand. We are in the last days. You’re Jehovah God. We know that the times are in your hands and we give them to you, but we also, Lord, are astute enough to recognize the blossom on the fig tree is opening. The day is at hand, Lord, when your return will come nigh. Nothing is more important than bringing sheep into the fold and bringing new life into the kingdom.

When someone believes that the return of Jesus Christ is “nigh,” we simply call them “nutty.” However, when someone who sounds like a crazy televangelist is close to becoming the most powerful person in the world, it is frightening. Who cares about diplomacy, global stability, making the world a better place or advancing humanity into a global civilization when Jesus is comin’ ’round the mountain?

It should also come as no surprise that Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, has been exposed as a fraudulent therapist. His “quality, Christian counseling” office was busted for practicing reparative therapy, a dangerous and unsound “treatment” aimed at curing patients of their homosexuality. The American Psychiatric Association, The American Medical Association, The American Psychological Association, The American Psychoanalytic Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Association of Social Workers all state that sexual orientation cannot, and should not, be changed. But who cares what they say? They’re just evil, secular organizations bent on destroying the American family and bringing about the Anti-Christ, right?

Mrs. Bachmann shares her husband’s sentiments on homosexuality, claiming homosexuals are in “[spiritual] bondage” and a “part of Satan.” And this woman wants to be President of the United States of America??! (She has said countless other insane things, as I’ve written about here and here)

Michele Bachmann may be a favorite of the religious far-right, but she’s bad news for the rest of the country and the world. The thought of someone like her in control of the nation’s nuclear arsenal and military is frightening. The thought of someone like her directing any kind of policy should be enough to make anyone vote against her.

Whacked Out Preacher, Meet Teen Psychological Abuse

The following video makes my blood boil.

Aside from the brainwashing and psychological abuse this ignorant whack job is inflicting on his audience of teenagers, the very look and style of his “ministry” is troubling. We see “hip” clothes and modern hairstyles…masking an old-time, fire-and-brimestone, ignorant, anti-science, extremist sect of Christianity.

In this view of world, it doesn’t matter what the facts of life are. “Science? Why that’s just ‘code’ for ‘liberal brainwashing!’ Psychology? Those doctors do Satan’s bidding!”

This is the very reason why so many gay youth are taking their own lives; They’re told that they are disgusting and sinful and that they have to hate who they are. This is child abuse, plain and simple.

As the world advances and progresses further into the 21st century, lunatics like the man in the video are dead-set on dragging the young and vulnerable into the Stone Age.