Sin and health


In the early part of this presidential election cycle, Republican candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband came under scrutiny for his practice of helping those with same-sex orientations attempt to change. The episode proved good for little else than the inevitable litany of jokes and accusations. Mr. Bachmann’s practice may be more sophisticated than simply “praying the gay away,” as it has been dubbed, but in a cultural context where homosexuality is viewed as “natural,” any attempts to “cure” it are simply nonstarters.