Michele Bachmann unsure if being gay is a public health crisis

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From the bushes, Michele Bachmann can't tell if homosexuality is just as bad as second-hand smoke.
This isn't the first time Michele Bachmann has been stumped by a really easy question. It's just a crazier time.

The question came during an appearance before The Family Leader, an anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion group in Iowa.

"Some groups -- including this one, I believe -- have argued that homosexuality is a public health crisis akin to second-hand smoking," she was asked. "I was wondering if you agreed with that."

Drum roll, please.

It's no secret that gays make Bachmann unnnn-comfortable. Pro-gay rights demonstrations send her running for the bushes. She spoke against a law to add "sexual orientation" language to existing hate-crime laws. And she's just generally crazily excited about "traditional marriage."

But still, that's speaking softly compared to a bold statement made by The Family Leader's head Bob Vander Plaats, who's been taped saying that homosexuality "is a public health risk."

"If we're teaching the kids, 'Don't smoke, because that's a risky health style,' the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle," he went on.

So the questioner, communicating via a blog, put the same question to Bachmann during her appearance. Does she, too, feel that homosexuality is a public health crisis?

"Um," she begins. Oh man, this is going to be good.

"I don't have an answer on that. I don't have an answer," she fumbles. "Why don't I have another question?"

What?! Listen here:

Even the man basically assumed to be her future Iowa-state political director -- Rep. Kent Sorenson, a popular and god-fearing Iowan tea partier -- had the common sense to disavow such an insane statement.

"I think that's absurd," he said when asked the same question.

He's right. It is patently absurd.

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Fyrehed
Fyrehed

Is it any wonder a young man from her home town was just murdered while having gay slurs thrown at him by a group of people? Gee, good thing she didn't add 'sexual orientation' to hate crime laws or someone might have to do something about that obvious lynching...

Loatalien
Loatalien

how can people vote for her. She is bat crazy. What is in the water in her district? It is really scary to think that there are so many people that can vote for her, the total ignorance is amazing and scary.

Myrtlesus
Myrtlesus

she wants another question? what a moron

Emliy
Emliy

i love youuu sooooooooooooooo much

Emliy
Emliy

heyyxxxxxxxxxxx

Rego
Rego

You are asked a question you really have no comment on, you want to move on from that conversation. Some how this is still news. 'OMFG YOU DIDN'T HAVE A COMMENT ON THAT?' Get real Jessica.

Aarchie446
Aarchie446

In 1981 Aids was introduced, 1982 aids was identified and The homosexual community named as carriers and distributors.By 1992 The City of Sanfransisco Buried the Ten thousandth victim of AIDS.

Now who would ever consider homosexuality a Dangerous to health activity. HUMMMMMM?

Nehiker2004
Nehiker2004

Being a dumb cunt is a public health crisis.

JL
JL

Bachmann...isn't she a Jew? She of all people should know better than to put out this kind of misinformation that promotes hate, encourages prejudice and rewards violence with 'well, they deserve it anyway.' It's always infuriated me on two levels: First, heterosexual people who say absolutely nothing about the current state of sex in their world (Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant, just about every white girl in Minneapolis has a part-black baby); yet because gay men are perceived as white, overeducated, and rich, well, hey, they don't deserve to have all the things they have! Let's be green with envy and attack them.

On the other hand, I am extremely disappointed with what's happened in the gay community. Gay people couldn't care less about what happens to other gay people. We have thrown each other under the bus so many times there's nothing left of us. We have stopped coming out in favor of hiding online in chat rooms and looking at porn so we never have to deal with real people, have real relationships, and risk our parents not paying for our college/condo/whatever - so we are so motivated by money and greed that truth loses. Meanwhile, all that lying that we as gay people do to cover our butts doesn't go away after coming out. Instead we lie to each other about the cheating, the ripping each other off, the 'mean girls' attitude that is so prevalent in the gay world now...we are grown men with the personality and emotional characteristics of a 9th grade girl. The groups and dances that used to be held at the college GLBT groups are completely gone - 10 years ago we had so many interested GLBT folks attending we added a second night. Now we have no dance at all, and the few who did respond via email wouldn't show up unless they could see the pictures of who else was coming (so they could then decide if it was 'worth their time'. Yea. That's gay pride for ya. At this point I laugh when people bring up gay marriage. What a joke - the majority of us can't even find anyone to date to begin with; the few who do have no social skills or anything that tells them to actually work through conflicts and disagreements, so the relationships are over within six months. So let us not forget that for every hateful witch of a woman like Michelle Bachmann, we have plenty of hateful gay people who love to watch other gay men fail in life. That needs to stop before anything else.

Greg
Greg

She's just a 'DUMB BITCH',,,'Nuff said.

Hamp
Hamp

Sounds like she thought the question was kind of loony.

Gina Pera
Gina Pera

Last I checked, her husband (allegedly a psychologist) runs a clinic that "treats" gay men by making them straight. I cannot confirm the rumor that the clinic receives government subsidies for their work.

No matter the angle for Bachmann's position, I'm thinking it's one that aggrandizes her popularity or her pocketbook. Or both.

vitajex
vitajex

"If we're teaching the kids, 'Don't smoke, because that's a risky health style,' the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle," he went on.

Soooo, if we continue the logic:

Christians are killed sometimes by other religious sects, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

Therefore, practicing Christianity is a risky health style.

That was easy...

IseeBigots
IseeBigots

Actually, this is 2011 now and the fastest growing group affected by HIV/AIDS is African-American females 25-40. So basically what you're saying is being an African-American female is a dangerous health activity? Get a grip man, really, this isn't the early 90's anymore.

Shaunn
Shaunn

Go ahead and say "jewish" next time... not "jew" ...mildly offensive.

JL
JL

Bachmann is NOT a Jew.

Generalizations
Generalizations

Sounds like you're hanging around some really shitty people, switch up your circle of friends.

Azraea
Azraea

Gonna have to stop you there. I'm 21 and just finished heading up the Right to Feel Safe March, the response to recent gay bashings in NYC. http://www.facebook.com/video/...

I am currently fundraising extensively for AIDSWALK, as I do tons of charity work including community outreach. http://www.facebook.com/event....

My boyfriend and I have been together for almost exactly a year and are still going strong. I am a working makeup artist, hairstylist and drag queen and I love my life.http://www.facebook.com/danbra...

I'm also queer.

I resent your comments, sir. I understand your frustration, believe me I do. However your views are staggeringly myopic. The gay community has different niches and groups just as mainstream America, perhaps even more, so if you don't like the people who surround you then get new people. It's that simple. Also, the gay community is not all there is. Some of us do not consider ourselves gay, I consider myself queer. You would find a world of difference in the queer community as well.

Unless you decide to go out and make your way through every single gay/queer community in America and meet every gay/queer person in America, you cannot comment on every gay/queer person in America. Instead of trying to tear everyone else down, why not encourage your fellow members to step up to the plate? Because you are doing exactly that which we are fighting so hard against: Throwing ignorant, short sighted generalizations and blanket statements over an entire community.

The next time you feel the need to spew angst and smear your community, please don't do it in a public forum. Defending who I am gets quite exhausting.

xoxoAzraea

ricky newman
ricky newman

Whats wrong with white girls having a part black baby?I agree with all your issues but that one. So as a gay man or woman from what I perceive from your response, you are against interracial dating? Kind of odd if you preach gay rights and equality for all, but no interracial dating

smoking
smoking

...and homosexuals are routinely stoned in the middle east by muslim clericsThe problem with "hate speech" is it leads us on a slippery path to outlaw any speech we disagree with.

On the topic of 2nd hand smoke - it seems ironic but our economy tanked when the gestapo outlawed any smoking in public places. Just saying!

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

I had amazing, earth-shaking sex right before the big earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. I'm sorry I caused that.

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