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AIDS as punishment, Bachmann as willing ally

by Jeremy Hooper

Rick Scarborough has said AIDS is God's punishment. He has said gay acceptance (rather than telling gays to "change") is "the real hate speech." He has said of gays: "Those who engage in unnatural acts should hang their heads in shame." And so on and so forth. More in his GLAAD CAP profile.

So how connected is this person? Well, consider this. Just last week, a sitting Congressperson, member of the House Intelligence Committee, and onetime GOP presidential candidate catered to this very same Rick Scarborough and his "40 Days to Save America" effort:

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Because, you know, why not? After all, Michele Bachmann has herself cause homosexuality "part of Satan I think" and built up her national profile around resistance to LGBT rights (and marriage in Minnesota in particular). Why shouldn't she mine more votes of out extremism when that practice is still so widely accepted within the right wing tent?

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