Marcus Bachmann's clinic will help gay people go straight, but only if they ask nicely.
In an interview with the Star Tribune, Bachmann confirmed that his clinic will treat patients' homosexuality as a disorder that can and should be cured.
Bachmann was only giving in to a mountain of evidence, including an undercover tape in which a gay man posed as a client and was told prayer would turn him straight, and the story told by Minneapolis man Andrew Ramirez.
In the same interview, Bachmann claims he never said gays are "barbarians" who "need to be disciplined."
Bachmann told the Star Tribune that Bachmann and Associates treated undercover Truth Wins Out activist John Becker because he went to the clinic voluntarily.
"This individual came to us under a false pretense,'' Bachmann told the Star Tribune. "The truth of the matter is he specifically asked for help.''
The Star Tribune's report doesn't mention Ramirez, who told City Pages he was sent to "ungay" therapy at 17 years old. Ramirez said his counselor claimed to have successfully turned gay adolescents straight in the past.
While accepting the charge that his clinic treats homosexuality as a disorder, Bachmann says he never actually called gays "barbarians." The Youtube clip that drove Cher to start a Twitter jihad against the Bachmanns was taken from a 2010 interview with "Point of View," a Christian radio show.
Bachmann says the clip is a fake, and that he's never referred to gay people with that word. He also says the phrase "they need to be disciplined" was in reference to children.
It's unclear what Bachmann claims about the rest of that clip, which continued:
"Barbarians need to be educated, they need to be disciplined. And just because someone feels it or thinks it, doesn't mean that we're supposed to go down that road. That's what's called a sinful nature, and we have a responsibility as parents and authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings to move into the action steps."The recording runs smoothly, and shows no obvious sign of being cut together, but the "Point of View" archives online don't go back far enough to check Bachmann's claim.
In defending himself and his clinic, Bachmann made it sound like he's only trying to help people who need it.
"We don't have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone,'' Bachmann said.
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