Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
is seen in a recently released interview describing an LGBT-inclusive
hate crimes law as a form of “tyranny.”
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd,
Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 is a federal statute that
added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of
characteristics covered by existing hate crimes laws.
In Foundations of Freedom, an
18-part DVD series, David Barton speaks with various guests about
everything from “the formation of American law and the judicial
system to biblically-based economics, science, government [and how]
our Founding Fathers used the Bible as a blueprint for American's
In one episode, Bachmann, who was a
member of Congress at the time, remarks that “God's form of
government” is so brilliant because “we are equal before the
“God says He's not a respecter of
persons. He's not partial. So why should we? Why should government
be partial? … God created us equal,” she said.
“When you recognize God as the
creator, then every individual has the rights of equal protection,”
Barton said, referring to the hate crimes law.
“And the reason why that distinction
is so important between the United States system and the French
system is this: It's tyranny,” Bachmann said.
“It's political correctness that
rules the day,” she continued. “So when you're part of a favored
group, then you get special benefits that nobody else gets. That's
the very form of tyranny, because when government supposedly gives
something – government has nothing to give, they have to take it
away from other people. So when they give it to that certain group,
that means, by definition, they're taking it away from you.”