Mother Jones ties Allen Quist to Michele Bachmann, says both are ‘out there’

Mother Jones magazine takes a swing at Republican Allen Quist, who’s running for Congress in southern Minnesota, calling him a “soybean farmer and onetime anti-sodomy crusader who believes that humans and dinosaurs may have coexisted in Southeast Asia as late as the 11th century.”

Quist and state Sen. Mike Parry are vying for the GOP nomination to run against incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.

The article ties Quist  to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann — quite unfavorably, as could be expected — noting that:

Beginning in the late 1990s, the duo worked together to take down Minnesota’s state curriculum standards, which they considered a gateway to a totalitarian society built on moral relativism. [Quist] helped make her rise possible; now he wants to join her in Washington.

The story looks at Quist’s days in the state Legislature and his run for governor:

During his time as a state representative, Quist slammed a gay counseling clinic at Mankato State University by comparing it to the Ku Klux Klan (both would be breeding grounds for evil — AIDS, in this case) and went undercover at an adult bookstore and a gay bathhouse in an effort to prove to a local newspaper reporter that they had become a “haven for anal intercourse.” (A decade later, Bachmann would bring groups of supporters onto the Capitol floor to pray over the desk of a gay colleague.)

In 1993, after returning to his corn and soybeans farm outside the small town of Norseland, Quist bucked his party by challenging the incumbent Republican governor, Arne Carlson, for the gubernatorial nomination. Quist stayed true to his roots. He called for mandatory AIDS testing as a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. And more than a decade before it emerged as a national issue, he campaigned against the advent of same-sex marriage in the Minnesota, running ads in which a priest marries two men, “Mike” and “Steve,” and pronounces them “man and man.”

In one memorable interview, Quist told a British reporter he believed women were “genetically predisposed” to be subservient to men, pointing to, among other things, the behavior of wild animals.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 05/15/2012 - 01:06 pm.

    Holy crap

    A Christian who believes in traditional marriage and thinks anal sex is not normal.

    Yup, in today’s culture, those folks are way “out there” alright.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 05/16/2012 - 10:35 am.

      No surprise

      Mr. Quist was known to be sexually obsessed when he was in the Legislature. It’s no surprise that his political agenda would consist largely of voyeurism, probably caused by some latent feelings of guilt, or shame.

    • Submitted by Jeff Klein on 05/16/2012 - 11:30 am.

      Because “normal” matters…

      … when it comes to making laws.

  2. Submitted by r batnes on 05/15/2012 - 04:05 pm.

    C,mon, Dennis.

    If you want to defend Quist, at least go all the way. Admit that you believe that man and dinosaurs co-existed together and that women are genetically predisposed to be subservient to men.

  3. Submitted by Nathan Fisher on 05/15/2012 - 09:51 pm.

    Lord’s name in vain

    Dennis, I can’t tell if you were being ironic or not when you said “holy crap.” As a traditional Christian, I feel that your right to free speech ends where the belittlement of my religion begins. Repent now, Mr. Tester.

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