This quote is the reason Anderson Cooper has decided to join in attacking both Bachmann and Christianity, just as ABC did:
But some observers claim that the mission of the practice includes counseling homosexuals in an effort to “ungay” them. “It is absolutely sincere,” adds former school board member Cecconi. “They specialize in ‘reparation’ regarding sexual orientation.”
Marcus Bachmann, who is also 50, denies that is part of his clinic’s practice. “That’s a false statement,” he says, refusing to answer any questions that don’t have to do with Bachmann and Associates. “Am I aware that the perception is out there? I can’t comment on that.” Still, Bachmann offers, “If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.”
Cooper says that you can agree or disagree with Bachmann’s beliefs, but that’s not the reason for this story. It’s only because Marcus Bachmann lied in 2006 to a newspaper that this warrants the 12 minutes of attention he’s giving it.
So how did Marcus Bachmann lie exactly? He was responding to what he said was a false statement that indicated he specialized in reparative therapy. But it seems to me that there could be any sort of basis for him saying that’s a false statement. Even by definition, reparative therapy is:
psychotherapy aimed at changing a person’s homosexuality and based on the view that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
Funny, but it doesn’t sound at all to me from the descriptions people have given it this really matches up. From what I’ve heard expressed through these smear segments, it simply sounds like they are encouraging someone to seek God to change them through reading the Bible and through prayer. Where is psychotherapy in curing it as a mental disorder? I never heard anyone in these clips espouse that. They are essentially asking someone to practice their Christian beliefs with a focus on praying for God’s healing in this regard. There’s probably more to it in actuality that involves discussing past events and how they might have contributed to the person’s current condition, but that’s just normal counseling. Nothing ground breaking here.
So based on this one line of reasoning it seems plausible to me for Marcus Bachmann to suggest that they aren’t practicing what is known as in psychology circles as reparative therapy.
But this type of intensive research and analysis isn’t apparently something that Anderson Cooper does, so on with the smear campaign! After all we have a lie told in 2006 by someone who isn’t running for President to expose!
So this is the excuse Cooper uses as rationale to air this left-wing smear job. In the ABC piece I wrote yesterday, I focused only on the condescending elitism because I was quite appalled at what I had just seen. But this gives me a chance to go down another road, a road of absurdity.
Think about it. CNN and ABC are attacking a Christian counselor for attempting to counsel someone based on Christianity. How ridiculously absurd is this? There is no forced Christian counseling here. It involves a willing counselor and a willing participant based on Christian principles at a Christian counseling clinic. If someone doesn’t agree with it, they can leave.
Even Marcus himself said this in the quote from 2006:
If someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.
That’s because if they are unwilling to change, then there is nothing he can do. That’s normal counseling! What, is he going to force them to change? That’s even more absurd if not impossible. And from the descriptions of the people who have been to this clinic, it doesn’t sound like he is doing all that much other than talking to them and encouraging them to seek God.
So why go down this road after all? Why attack Bachmann for her religious beliefs? Would Cooper have us believe that it was all because he was exposing a so-called lie that had such little context in the original interview that it’s difficult to really even call it a lie?
No, all we are left with is two reasons. The first one is simply that they want to protect Obama from any real threats on the campaign trail. She can draw a crowd and the MSM knows it.
But secondly we are once again staring at the condescending elitism from those on the left who don’t understand people who believe in God and are willing to attack it in hopes of destroying it. They think those of us who cling to our guns and our God are back-wood hicks who lack the mental fortitude to really change our lives without some fantasy helping us do it. They think we believe in fairy tales and they treat us as though we have a mental disorder.
You know, if I cared about what people think about me this might really get to me. But I know in my heart that it’s the people who are willing to seek God and be found by Him, that those people who really know Him are the ones who experience life to its fullest and are happy beyond measures than I can even describe. For their happiness isn’t found in this world, but in the One who created them, who knows them inside and out and loves them dearly.
And it’s because of those very people that I can believe that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God and respect those who disagree. It’s because of those very people that I can live in a nation that’s free and I can prosper from my own accord. It’s because of those very people that the United States of America exists at all.
Otherwise, Anderson Cooper might simply be a court jester before the queen instead of a news reporter at a huge media outlet. Ah well, there’s not much difference these days I suppose.