I came across this video yesterday while browsing Reddit and I must say that this woman baffles me.
There are many things to be said about the content of this video. I’ll start from the beginning.
Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is fielding questions from audience members in Iowa. The first question is asked by a high school student that is also in charge of the gay straight alliance at her high school. She simply wants to know what would be done to protect GSAs in high school and how the LGBT community would be supported. This question is immediately laughable to me because, as most people know, Bachmann is not going to do anything to support LGBT persons. The answer she actually provides is one of the funniest things I have heard, although I’m positive that was not her intention.
Bachmann contends that as Americans, we all share the same civil rights and government’s role is to protect people’s civil rights. No special rights or special criteria should exist based on people’s preferences. This is a statement that I can agree with. Unfortunately, our interpretations of this statement are completely different. Bachmann views the marriage of a same sex couple as a special privilege. I see this as a civil right. She then goes on to say that everybody has the right to get married, but the law states that you must marry a person of the opposite gender. A woman that claims to want to protect the sanctity of marriage just confirmed her stupidity. By saying that everyone can get married to someone of the opposite gender, she is saying that it is okay to marry a person that you do not love and are not attracted to, which is what would happen if homosexual people were marrying people of the opposite gender. Is that practice really protecting the institution of marriage? The laws are that you marry a person of the opposite sex, which is privileging one group over another. This law is telling one group that they are second class citizens.
On to the next point…
Another high school student asked how Bachmann would protect kids with different faiths from getting ostracized. This is where she plays the card that many people love to play. The Christian kids are the ones who are having their religious freedoms taken away from them. Oh, okay. I don’t understand those who think that anybody is taking away their rights to pray. Even if this was instituted, I don’t know how anybody would be able to stop a person from praying. I also don’t know why people feel the need to pray in school, when the Christian Bible says 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:5-7). The bottom line is that Christians are not under attack as everyone claims they are. The separation of church and state is in our constitution. I think I have the right to have leaders that enforce this document. I do not advocate taking away people’s rights to religion, but there are places and settings that have no place for religion.
If this woman is elected, I will have lost my faith in the American people. Please don’t let me down.