Michele Bachmann’s Husband Didn’t Call Gays Barbarians, Except For That Time He Called Gays Barbarians
Marcus Bachmann is violating the first rule of political spouses, stay quiet and smile:
An audiotape circulating on the Internet depicts Bachmann as calling gays barbarians in a 2010 interview he gave to the “Point of View” Christian radio talk show.
“We have to understand: Barbarians need to be educated,” Bachmann’s voice is heard saying on the tape. “They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road.”
Bachmann said that someone must have doctored the recording of the interview, in which he addressed child discipline as well as homosexuality and sex education.
The recording also became a focus of media attention this week, including ABC’s “Nightline.”
“I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That’s not my mindset. That’s not my belief system. That’s not the way I would talk,” Bachmann said.
So it’s children who are barbarians?
Well here’s the recording, you be the judge:
BACHMANN: We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…
And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.
Marcus Bachmann isn’t running for President, of course, but he is helping to reinforce the general impression that his wife is a flake.
Update: Here’s a longer version of the radio interview: