Michele Bachmann denies judging gays

During an appearance on ‘Meet The Press,’ host David Gregory playeda recording of Michele Bachmann saying to an audience at the 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference that being gay “is a very sad life” and “a part of Satan.” She went on to say in the speech that being gay was “personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”

Bachmann ducked the direct question over and over again of whether those statements represent a possible “President Bachmann.”

Her answer to the question more than once was “I’m running for the Presidency of the United States.” Over and over she says she doesn’t ‘judge’ people.

Even after being asked if American gays and lesbians might hear judgement in her statements, she reiterated she doesn’t judge people.

Let me try an experiment – I know as much about Michele Bachmann and her marriage as she knows about mine and she feels free to comment on my gay marriage, so I guess I have a right to try this: how about I swap her name for “gays” in her statement? It would go like this:

“Michele Bachmann lives a very sad life. It’s part of Satan. If you’re involved with Michele Bachmann, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement. And that’s why she is so dangerous. We need to have profound compassion for people dealing with the very real issue of Michele Bachmann.”

There. Does that sound like judgement?