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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 05:10 PM
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Bachmanns Christian counseling clinic receives state funds
By Andy Birkey | MinnesotaIndependent
06.04.10 | 10:23 am

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Bachmann and Associates, Inc., a counseling center that receives state funds and is owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, uses counseling methods steeped in fundamentalist Christianity, raising questions about its use of taxpayer money.

Founded in 2003, Bachmanns clinic has taken in nearly $30,000 in state funds since 2007. Dr. Bachmann has said publicly that God heals people at his clinic and that Jesus Christ is the Almighty Counselor.

We are distinctly a Christian counseling agency here in the Twin Cities, he told KKMS radio in 2008. We have 27 Christian counselors, Christ-centered, very strong in our understanding of who the Almighty Counselor is, and as we rely on Gods word and the Almighty Counselor, we have the opportunity to change peoples lives. He continued, God heals people and if we give opportunity, if we are a willing vessel and we go according to what Gods word is, it works.

The clinic applied for and received Rule 29 and Rule 31 licensing from the state in 2003. The rules allow the clinic to receive state money to treat low-income Minnesotans for mental health and chemical dependency problems. The clinic has earned $27,564 in state payments since 2007 and likely received more, since the Minnesota Transparency and Accountability Projects online data only goes back to 2007. Bachmann and Associates took $1,419 in public money in 2007, $13,140 in 2008, $12,493 in 2009 and $512 so far in 2010, according to the transparency project.

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More: http://minnesotaindependent.com/59781/bachmanns-christi...

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Plus... Rumors of Gay To Straight Conversion Therapy

This is long, but definitely eye opening:

The Chosen One
Michele Bachmann's recipe for success: Christian piety and not-so-Christian opportunism
G.R. Anderson Jr.
published: October 04, 2006

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On the campaign trail, Michele Bachmann has said her husband grew up on a family dairy farm in western Wisconsin. According to a brief biography that ran in the Forest Lake Times when Bachmann and Associates opened an office there in March 2005, he earned a master's degree in counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a school then affiliated with Christian Broadcasting Network pitchman Pat Robertson. Bachmann later was awarded a doctorate in clinical psychology from an institution listed as Union Graduate School on his clinic's website, an apparent reference to Union Institute in Cincinnati, though nothing on either of the Bachmanns' public rsums suggests they ever lived in Ohio.

Last November, the Bachmanns attended a "Minnesota Pastors' Summit" at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Some 300 religious leaders participated in the event, which was organized by the conservative, antigay Minnesota Family Council. Michele Bachmann was there to lead a session on the gay marriage amendment, while Marcus offered a presentation titled "The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda."

Curt Prins, a 35-year-old marketing executive from Minneapolis, attended. Prins, who is gay, says he went because he was "curious" and wanted to "understand the language" of the antigay movement. "There was so much bile, I nearly had to leave," Prins recalls. For Marcus Bachmann's session, Prins says there were more than 100 people crammed in a room at Grace, and most of the presentation involved stereotypes of gays. "He was saying how homosexuality was a choice, that it was not genetics," Prins says. "He was claiming there was a high predominance of sexual abuse in the GLBT community. There was no research to back any of this up." (Marcus Bachmann refused to answer questions about the seminar.)

The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up "three ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation." The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. "One of them said, 'If I was born gay, then I'll have to be born again,'" Prins recalls. "The crowd went crazy."

"Listening to him," Prins surmises, "it becomes clear that he's had a huge impact on her. He might be the spearhead of this whole religious/gay issue." Shortly after Bachmann announced her candidacy for U.S. Congress, there was an announcement on a website called the Minnesota Christian Chronicle. "Michele is a compassionate, intelligent woman of integrity who has a calling in her life. I am confident in Michele's ability to serve the constituents superbly well in the Sixth District," Marcus Bachmann was quoted as saying. "As her husband, I fully endorse Michele running for U.S. Congress. I am so thankful for her Christian testimony. She is a servant who honors Christ."

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Much More (it's a print version that might launch your printer dialoge box, just hit cancel): http://www.citypages.com/content/printVersion/17190 /

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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 06:25 PM
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1. Yikes. Last thing we need in this country is the Talibornagains regaining power.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 08:13 PM
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2. Some Of Her Own Family Members View It As A Cult...
Second story.

:shrug:

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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 08:54 PM
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4. Cult mentality is even more frightening.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 08:36 PM
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3. Will any reporter ask Candidate Flavor-of-the-Month about this?
Magic 8 Ball says, "Signs point to no."
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 10:40 PM
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5. I Agree With Your Magic 8 Ball... And You Of Course...
:D

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