Here is Dr. Marcus Bachmann, who owns a Christian counseling clinic with his wife, Rep. Michele Bachmann, commenting on homosexuality:
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.
One is ls left to wonder if some psychotherapists are motivated by an unconscious wish to inflict further emotional harm on those who are already suffering.
Consider this: suppose Bachmann or one of his staff members is seeing a patient who has been secretly struggling with homosexual feelings or experiences. What are the chances that such a patient will be able to disclose how he or she is feeling to a therapist after being branded a barbarian?
This isn't some far-flung possibility. Conflicts, guilty secrets and shame about sexuality are quite commonplace. And aside from the problem of making self-disclosure more diffiult, Bachmann's statement tells patients that he has determined in advance what the patient needs to think, believe and be. That isn't therapy; that's indoctrination.