This the second time in two years that Rolling Stone’s assigned a reporter to do a major story on the hate and craziness here in Minnesota.
The first time was last year, when reporter Matt Taibbi profiled Michele Bachmann’s nuthouse right political career. This time it’s a very sad story about the wave of suicides by gay teens in Bachmann’s district…
One Town’s War on Gay Teens
In Michele Bachmann’s home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.
By Sabrina Rubin Erdely
February 2, 2012 10:55 AM ET
One of Michele Bachmann’s longtime backers is Tom Prichard of the Minnesota Family Council (a sort of state chapter of Dr. James Dobson’s national political machine.) Here’s how Prichard reacted to the suicide of 15 year old Justin Aaberg:
Minnesota Family Council president Tom Prichard blogged that Justin’s suicide could only be blamed upon one thing: his gayness. “Youth who embrace homosexuality are at greater risk [of suicide], because they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle,” Prichard wrote. Anoka-Hennepin conservatives formally organized into the Parents Action League, declaring opposition to the “radical homosexual” agenda in schools.
There’s been a divorce between the actions of the politically active conservative evangelicals and the duty of compassion mandated by Christ in the Bible. The conservative evangelicals in Bachmann’s district do want to see the real consequences of demonizing homosexuality–so they won’t accept responsibility for those consequences.
As is made clear in Prichard’s comment, they assign the blame for suicide to the sexual preference–not to homophobia organized by conservative evangelicals. They can’t associate the climate of hatred (where some straight teens regularly direct vile abuse toward their gay peers) with the wave of suicides.
You gotta fight this. It can be stopped. In this case, it’s conservative evangelicals adopting policies that end up in teen suicides. In other cases, it’s conservative evangelicals adopting policies that reduce the availability of health care to children, breast cancer screenings for women…their leaders have no shame about the consequences…lives are nothing to them, if their political power is advanced.
You can’t let people as crazy as this, govern.