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Michele & Marcus Bachmann’s Clinic, Part 2

Dear Friend:

A Truth Wins Out undercover operation exposed Michele and Marcus Bachmann this week  for the charlatans that they truly are – and just in time for election season. The couple had Wayne Besen Head Shotclaimed that their “Christian” clinic, Bachmann & Associates, did not try to convert LGBT people into heterosexuals.

Truth Wins Out proved that they lied.

Our investigation consisted of attending five therapy sessions at Bachmann & Associates with hidden cameras. At the clinic, TWO’s John Becker was directed by a counselor to act more masculine, pray to Jesus, and start appreciating women’s breasts. The results of our operation unmasked the Bachmann family and definitively proved that their clinic counseled clients to “pray away the gay.”

The results of our investigation broke in the Nation Magazine and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. TWO spokespeople were interviewed by : ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Mathews, The Ed Schultz Show, MSNBC News with Thomas Roberts and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. A dialogue about our investigation was aired on several other shows including CNN’s AC360, Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. On Sunday, The New York Times will discuss our investigation and on Tuesday, I will appear on HLN’s The Joy Behar Show.

I want to take a brief timeout from our work exposing people like Michele and Marcus Bachmann to ask for your generous support. Truth Wins Out isn’t just talk – we work tirelessly and get the job done. We turn information into action and our results are tangible.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift to Truth Wins Out today.

In 2011, we have consistently broken major stories and effectively advocated for LGBT equality:

  • TWO launched a petition gathering 160,000 signatures that led to Apple dumping an Exodus International “ex-gay” iPhone app.
  • TWO broke the story of comedian Tracy Morgan’s recent homophobic rant in Nashville – which led to Morgan apologizing

Bachmann Family -- Michele and MarcusWe are excited by what we have accomplished (with only three staff members) – but there is so  much more to do! Truth Wins Out wants to continue fighting anti-gay lies and spotlighting religious extremists like Michele and Marcus Bachmann.

However, we can only do so with your commitment to and investment in Truth Wins Out. If you can give a tax-deductible gift of $1,000, $500, $100, or $35 we’d greatly appreciate it. If your budget allows $25 or $15 – we need your help today.

Your support in any amount is the cornerstone of our success. Be a part of the next victory now!

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Truth Wins Out Claims That Marcus Bachmann Is Lying When He Says His Clinic is Not Anti-Gay

There is No Excuse For Bachmann & Associates to Offer Fringe ‘Pray Away the Gay’ Therapy Rejected By Mainstream Mental Health Organizations

NEW YORK – Truth Wins Out called Marcus Bachmann a liar today for falsely telling the Minneapolis Star Tribune that his clinic was not anti-gay and had no “agenda or a philosophy of trying to change anyone.” His untruthful assertions contradict the evidence that clearly shows his clinic is disdainful towards LGBT people and practices a discredited and harmful brand of therapy designed to “cure” gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“Marcus Bachmann is not telling the truth when he dishonestly claims that his clinic is not anti-gay,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen, responding to Bachmann’s new statement in the Star Tribune. “Our investigation clearly shows that his clinic has great antipathy towards gay and lesbian people and his therapists work to convert clients from gay to straight.”

“Marcus Bachmann is willfully and wantonly misrepresenting what I experienced during my five therapy sessions at his clinic,” said John Becker, TWO’s Director of Communications and Development, who led an undercover operation at Bachmann’s clinic. “We urge Bachmann & Associates to stop misleading the public and commit to ending the harmful and discredited practice of ‘ex-gay’ therapy.”

According to The Star Tribune article, Bachmann explained that he only offered “ex-gay” therapy at a client’s request.

“Will I address it? Certainly we’ll talk about it,” Bachmann said. “Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? … It is at the client’s discretion…We don’t have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone.”

Bachmann said counselors at his clinics follow the wishes of patients and don’t force any treatment.

“This individual came to us under a false pretense,” Bachmann said. “The truth of the matter is he specifically asked for help.”

“Bachmann & Associates was under no obligation to offer a quack therapy treatment that is rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health association in America,” said TWO’s Wayne Besen. “Taking a clients hard-earned money for a ‘cure’ that is not possible is unethical and a form of consumer fraud.”

The notion that a counselor is required harm a client just because he or she asks is patently absurd, asserts TWO. Similarly, if a bodybuilder had asked a doctor to help him or her inject steroids, the practitioner could refuse. If an African American asked a doctor for a skin bleaching, he or she could decline. If a physician is urged to help manage a model’s anorexia, he or she could turn the model away and instead offer real medical help.

While Bachmann claims that his clinic is not anti-gay, nor invested in “ex-gay” therapy, his office sells a book written by a viciously homophobic minister named Janet Boynes who calls homosexuality a “dirty and shameful life.” In her tome, Called Out: A Former Lesbian’s Discovery of Freedom, she says:

“What are the effects of living a homosexual lifestyle? The list is long: Hurt. Despair. Frustration. Loneliness. Depression. Restlessness. Shame….Hollywood would have you believe gays and lesbians are happy, humorous, well adjusted people, but very rarely do they show the other side – the ugly side. They don’t show the tears behind the mask. They don’t show the desperate ache to be loved beneath all the jokes, clever comebacks and playful remarks.” (pg. 184)

“If Marcus Bachmann’s clinic is not anti-gay, than why is he selling homophobic trash like Janet Boynes’ hateful and deceptive book in his office?” asked Besen.

Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.

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Yesterday, the United States defaulted on its debts. Moody’s yanked the US Triple AAA BOND Rating for the first time in 70 years! The US dollar is worthless! Stock markets around the world shut their doors yesterday after financial Armageddon.  So…Eric Cantor and his Tea Party are comforted by having kept their ‘promise not to raise taxes’ (on the rich upper class, rich corporations and oil companies.) The top 1% of the population— awash in wealth–toast their good fortune with Dom Perignon and beluga caviar on toast points. Eric Cantor is reported to be in hiding. Current status: Persona non grata in middle-class living rooms and skid row bars.  Democrats have issued a call for Eric Cantor’s head!

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This is presented a little irreverently, but there is conflict among The President (backed by the people) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and the controlling Tea Party.  The Congress has raised the Debt Ceiling 72 times as a matter of housekeeping, often with a one sentence bill.  This time extremist elements in the Republican Party have decided to use this issue to press their fiscal agenda.  Well, this is politics.  However, this time they are placing the nation and, surely, the world, in grave danger.  The scenario presented could happen…for real! In his press conference this morning, The President said that we have time for a big deal that would fix our economy for a decade. He already has the needed paperwork on his desk. Obama is ready to go, but, is being blocked by republicans and their ideology. He needs our help.  Will you get involved and participate in your own future?

Do you live in a red state (like me)? Every responsible American reading this post should email their US senator and US representative DEMANDING that the Debt Ceiling be raised immediately! No more soup kitchens and breadlines and selling apples on the street!

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Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA): Pernicious?



adj \pər-ˈni-shəs\

Definition of PERNICIOUS

: highly injurious or destructive : deadly
archaic : wicked
per·ni·cious·ly adverb
per·ni·cious·ness noun



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The justices of the US Supreme Court enjoy a unique status in American governance: They have the job for life and have no code of ethics.  The Court has a storied history of legal decisions which carried out what our founding father wrote in The Constitution and they went beyond, but, always within the bounds of spirit of the law and intent. At first the Court was not powerful, but, Chief Justice Marshall took actions which made the Court supreme.  And, that is how we all view the US Supreme Court: The final interpreter of law and legality.


A large part of our reverence and respect for the Court is grounded in their seclusion from the public eye and lack of scandal. They probably had their own sense of propriety back then.  When Clarence Thomas, black, became a candidate for the Court, I was so proud (even though he is from the other party).  The nomination hearings in the US Senate took us down a sordid lane.  On TV we watch gray-haired white men relish digging into the sex life black people, in this case, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, also black. IMHO, the hearings were perverse. ‘A pubic hair on a Coke can?’  What has that to do with interpreting the law?

Regrettably, Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia have chosen to come out of isolation and show us their somewhat clear political views.  Justice Scalia involved himself with a Tea Party class on The Constitution and Justice Thomas is under scrutiny for his wife’s receiving questionable campaign contributions.

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He has received certain gifts from a powerful real estate magnate whose lawsuits came before the Court.  Justice Thomas failed to the honorable thing and recuse himself. It is reported that Thomas received a wealth of gifts. Thousands of dollars! The Supreme Court reviewed Bush vs Gore and chose a President. Americans long for the days when certain people were good and some were not. And, we knew the difference!

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been very busy accepting gifts from organizations that file briefs before the court, attending political fundraisers, ruling on suits in which he or his wife have a conflict of interest, and hiding income. No wonder he hasn’t had time to ask a question from the bench in five years.

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U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 102 nd Congress – 1 st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Nomination (Nomination – Clarence Thomas )

Vote Number:


Vote Date:

October 15, 1991, 06:03 PM

Required For Majority:


Vote Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Nomination Number:


Nomination Description:

Clarence Thomas, of Georgia, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, vice Thurgood Marshall, retired.

Vote Counts:





Vote Summary

By Senator Name

By Vote Position

By Home State

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Adams (D-WA), Nay

Akaka (D-HI), Nay

Baucus (D-MT), Nay

Bentsen (D-TX), Nay

Biden (D-DE), Nay

Bingaman (D-NM), Nay

Bond (R-MO), Yea

Boren (D-OK), Yea

Bradley (D-NJ), Nay

Breaux (D-LA), Yea

Brown (R-CO), Yea

Bryan (D-NV), Nay

Bumpers (D-AR), Nay

Burdick, Quentin S (D-ND), Nay

Burns (R-MT), Yea

Byrd (D-WV), Nay

Chafee (R-RI), Yea

Coats (R-IN), Yea

Cochran (R-MS), Yea

Cohen (R-ME), Yea

Conrad (D-ND), Nay

Craig (R-ID), Yea

Cranston (D-CA), Nay

D’Amato (R-NY), Yea

Danforth (R-MO), Yea

Daschle (D-SD), Nay

DeConcini (D-AZ), Yea

Dixon (D-IL), Yea

Dodd (D-CT), Nay

Dole (R-KS), Yea

Domenici (R-NM), Yea

Durenberger (R-MN), Yea

Exon (D-NE), Yea

Ford (D-KY), Nay

Fowler (D-GA), Yea

Garn (R-UT), Yea

Glenn (D-OH), Nay

Gore (D-TN), Nay

Gorton (R-WA), Yea

Graham (D-FL), Nay

Gramm (R-TX), Yea

Grassley (R-IA), Yea

Harkin (D-IA), Nay

Hatch (R-UT), Yea

Hatfield (R-OR), Yea

Heflin (D-AL), Nay

Helms (R-NC), Yea

Hollings (D-SC), Yea

Inouye (D-HI), Nay

Jeffords (R-VT), Nay

Johnston (D-LA), Yea

Kassebaum (R-KS), Yea

Kasten (R-WI), Yea

Kennedy (D-MA), Nay

Kerrey (D-NE), Nay

Kerry (D-MA), Nay

Kohl (D-WI), Nay

Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay

Leahy (D-VT), Nay

Levin (D-MI), Nay

Lieberman (D-CT), Nay

Lott (R-MS), Yea

Lugar (R-IN), Yea

Mack (R-FL), Yea

McCain (R-AZ), Yea

McConnell (R-KY), Yea

Metzenbaum (D-OH), Nay

Mikulski (D-MD), Nay

Mitchell (D-ME), Nay

Moynihan (D-NY), Nay

Murkowski (R-AK), Yea

Nickles (R-OK), Yea

Nunn (D-GA), Yea

Packwood (R-OR), Nay

Pell (D-RI), Nay

Pressler (R-SD), Yea

Pryor (D-AR), Nay

Reid (D-NV), Nay

Riegle (D-MI), Nay

Robb (D-VA), Yea

Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay

Roth (R-DE), Yea

Rudman (R-NH), Yea

Sanford (D-NC), Nay

Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay

Sasser (D-TN), Nay

Seymour (R-CA), Yea

Shelby (D-AL), Yea

Simon (D-IL), Nay

Simpson (R-WY), Yea

Smith (R-NH), Yea

Specter (R-PA), Yea

Stevens (R-AK), Yea

Symms (R-ID), Yea

Thurmond (R-SC), Yea

Wallop (R-WY), Yea

Warner (R-VA), Yea

Wellstone (D-MN), Nay

Wirth (D-CO), Nay

Wofford (D-PA), Nay

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The resolution to the current fiscal crisis is being stymied by the recalcitrant TEA PARTY. They are so committed to not raising the debt ceiling that they would




Harry Reid And Mitch McConnell: ‘Hybrid’ Solution To Debt Standoff

CONGRESS: ‘Do they know it’s raining?’

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When I was young, I did my share of sowing wild oats and experimenting.  Now that I am retired, I am very much concerned with the health of our democracy. Are we undergoing a slow decline which our leaders cannot see? There is so much that Congress does not have the will to do:

  • Ø Campaign Finance Reform
  • Ø Banking Reform
  • Ø Tax Code Loopholes
  • Ø Less Reliance on Lobbyists
  • Ø Robust Environmental Protections
  • Ø Global Warming
  • Ø Jobs for Our Military Returning from War
  • Ø Full Support for the President’s Efforts in Libya
  • Ø Research on New Forms of Energy
  • Ø Large-scale Infrastructure Projects Although We Are in a Recession
  • Ø A Renaissance for NASA
  • Ø An Obese Citizenry
  • Ø Reform of Social Security
  • Ø Reform of Medicare
  • Ø Reform of Medicaid
  • Ø Reform of the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Ø Trade Imbalance with China
  • Ø Inferior Compensation for the Military
  • Ø Cap and Trade
  • Ø Drug War and America’s Appetite for Drugs
  • Ø Require States to Use Federal Money for the Intended Purpose and Not to Close Budget Gaps
  • Ø Debt Ceiling
  • Ø Poverty and Hunger in America
  • Ø Healthcare Delivery
  • Ø Wall Street, Banking and Securities Reform
  • Ø Insurance Industry Reform
  • Ø American Foreign Policy with an Emphasis on China and Russia
  • Ø Relations with Central and South America
  • Ø Over-Crowded Penal System
  • Ø Education
  • Ø High Level Research and Development in Sensitive Industries
  • Ø Reform the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Ø Tax Offshore Profits of American Companies
  • Ø Law to Reverse the Citizen’s United Supreme Court Decision
  • Ø Food Safety
  • Ø Limit “Pork”
  • Ø Development New Technology Nuclear Power Plants

I’ll stop. (My back hurts!) With so many areas of concern, how can Eric Cantor let house members spend so much time away from Congress? I am sure there are committees that are working on such issues. It’s just that the media only covers hearings like the ones Peter King had on  radical Muslims in America.

Obama's Journey to November 2012

I sit at my humble computer each day, powerless to change conditions in our country but attempting to influence those who can: YOU!  There’s an old saying, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” Let’s make some noise, people! Apply some pressure on Congress to ‘get ‘err done!’ Go red, white and blue!

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