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Watch: Anti-Gay Minister Sneaks In Jesus References During Non-denominational Prayer At MN House, Slams Obama

Yesterday, an anti-gay, tea party-supporting pastor/radio host named Bradlee Dean delivered what was supposed to be a non-denominational opening prayer at start of the session for the Minnesota House, who will soon vote on an anti-gay marriage bill in that state. Instead, Dean prayed to Jesus and even implied that President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

“I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans or the Presbyterians, evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus, as every president up until 2008 has acknowledged. And we pray it. In Jesus’ name."

Soon after, Democratic Representative Terry Morrow took to the House floor to call out Dean and condemn those who invited him to speak.

“... it has been my understand that part of the justification, part of the explanation for starting our sessions with a prayer was that those prayers would never exclude, never marginalize a Minnesotan on the basis of their faith, on the basis of their belief, on the basis of who they are, and those expectations have been crushed today.”

Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers took responsibility and then apologized for having asked Dean to deliver the opening prayer.

“I respectfully apologize to all members in the Minnesota House of Representatives and all citizens of this state for today’s morning prayer. As Speaker of the House, I take responsibility for this mistake. I am offended at the presence of Bradlee Dean on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. I denounce him, his actions and his words. He does not represent my values or the values of this state.”

In the past, Dean (who is some kind of bigoted pastor/rocker hybrid) has called for the execution of gays. An article published in Mother Jones earlier this week points out that the evangelical Christian has formed a tight bond with none other than Michelle Bachmann:

Bachmann "...over the last five years, Bachmann, the politician, and Dean, the metal-head, have formed an unlikely but powerful alliance. Bachmann has helped raise money for Dean’s traveling youth ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International; guest-starred in his television series; and prayed for his ministry to multiply 10-fold. Dean, for his part, has embraced Bachmann, whose district includes his suburban community of Annandale, as an ally against the gay agenda. But his inflammatory rhetoric and past links to an anti-government organization make Bachmann's own controversial views seem downright pedestrian—and raise serious questions about the congresswoman's choice of associates."

Watch the tail end of Dean's opening prayer, Morrow's angry criticism followed by Zellers' mea culpa, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. So nice of him to dress up for the occasion.

    Posted by: Gaylib | May 21, 2011 8:01:23 AM

  2. we need people like Bradlee (what kind of ridiculous spelling of that name is that. Did his parents want a girl?) Because if they didn't exist we would have to invent them. He's everything that's wrong with some of the people in the his country today. And the fact that he's friends with that idiotic hag Bachmann says so much. He's a creep. All the way down to the embarrassing track suit jacket he wore to speak in the Minnesota house. What, was his Members Only jacket at the cleaners? If a man like this Bradlee can run a youth ministry and a woman like Bachmann can be taken seriously by even a few as a Presidential candidate, then maybe the Rapture isn't that far off. And these two will have their bags packed but ain't going.

    Posted by: Bart | May 21, 2011 8:12:13 AM

  3. Axl Rose, is that you?

    At least the Republican Speaker took responsibility and gave a good apology. Maybe from now on they can have one of their own house members give the spiritual non-denominational message. Or better yet, does this have any place at all in government?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 21, 2011 8:30:13 AM

  4. look how he's dressed. What dignity! What class! Watta republican.


    Posted by: Danny | May 21, 2011 8:32:48 AM

  5. Bachman's denunciation in 3, 2 ....

    ... holding my breath - with my favorite color always having been blue while waxing my skis for an imminent sojourn in hell.

    Posted by: dave02657 | May 21, 2011 8:41:36 AM

  6. Two openly gay Minnesota legislators, State Rep. Karen Clark and State Sen. Scott Dibble, respond:

    “In my 30 years in the House, I have never seen such a hateful person be allowed to deliver the opening prayer,” Rep. Clark said. “Bradlee Dean has a documented record of hate speech, and has suggested that extremists who call for the execution of American gays are morally justified. The decision by GOP leadership to allow his intolerance, fear and outright bigotry into the ‘people’s house’ is reprehensible. Minnesotans are a peaceful, loving and caring people. It’s this spirit of togetherness and shared hope that the House of Representatives should strive to embody. The Republican leadership should be ashamed of themselves. It reveals the underlying hateful nature of the anti-gay constitutional amendment movement.”

    "In this time of divisiveness, it's disgraceful and appalling to see the Speaker of the House of Representatives the body that is supposed to represent all Minnesotans invite hatred into the opening prayer,” Sen. Dibble, a former House member said. “Instead of providing a message of inclusion and hope, the House began this day with hate and discrimination. Mr. Dean has a long and well-known record of intolerance, something that should have no place in the legislature, let alone in a prayerful blessing. This morning's action is a sad commentary on House Republican leadership's apparent ambivalence for supporting the equal rights and beliefs of all Minnesotans."

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 21, 2011 9:45:41 AM

  7. When will we stop accepting apologies from these morons? When will we truly hold them accountable for their bigoted actions?

    This kind of behavior is not acceptable.

    Posted by: Steve | May 21, 2011 10:04:01 AM

  8. He figured with the end of the world and all, he could get away with it this one time.

    Posted by: scollingsworth | May 21, 2011 10:09:43 AM

  9. In that old picture, Bradlee Dean looks as gay as a picnic basket. I wonder if there's any dirt on him regarding sexual encounters he might have had with men. It wouldn't surprise me in the least....

    Posted by: brian | May 21, 2011 10:17:56 AM

  10. We need to get back to old timey politics: separation of church and state.

    Posted by: kodiak | May 21, 2011 10:29:00 AM

  11. This link has youtube clips of Bradlee Dean's antigay comments, including citing Thomas Jefferson's call for "casteration" for buggery.

    So which is it, that the Minnesota Republicans invited this guy because he represented their viewpoint, or are they so stupid and lazy not to vet him before allowing him before the House?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 21, 2011 10:33:19 AM

  12. So now the republicans in Minnesota have resorted to outright threats against the lives of gay Minnesotans. The sponsorsing of this person to speak is the same as endorsing his violent and extreme views. God (if there is one) help this country. We are f**ked.

    Posted by: blatherer | May 21, 2011 10:46:25 AM

  13. Ignoring the fact that prayer really shouldn't have a place at the start of the session anyway.

    "... part of the explanation for starting our sessions with a prayer was that those prayers would never exclude, never marginalize a Minnesotan on the basis of their faith, on the basis of their belief, on the basis of who they are..."

    Starting a session with prayer does marginalize the Minnesotans who are non-believers in supernatural entities. If you want to pray, you can do it privately, but it should not be occurring in the public sector.

    Posted by: Rick in Cincinnati | May 21, 2011 11:53:44 AM

  14. "his name is Jesus, as every president up until 2008 has acknowledged"

    I think this implies that George W. Bush renounced Christianity in his last year in office. One more person who should be demanding an apology from Bradlee.

    Posted by: Skye Winspur | May 21, 2011 11:58:19 AM

  15. In many ways this might be a win for us in the long run.

    Posted by: thedoogla | May 21, 2011 1:45:24 PM

  16. Apparently his SS uniform was still at the dry cleaners.

    Posted by: anon | May 21, 2011 2:00:03 PM

  17. Hey, Christians. Read the Sermon on the Mount. Christ is rather explicitly attributed with making it very clear that prayer is meant to be done in private.

    So, congrats. You just disregarded and utterly shat on a direct message attributed to Christ Himself.

    Shame on the GOP for allowing this man to speak. Kudos to the apologies, but I hope they learn something from this.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 21, 2011 2:16:46 PM

  18. You have to admit it is utter joy to watch these MN guys spin themselves into oblivion. It used to be a very nice state, now it's right up there with Arizona in the pariah-state category.

    The tea party is tarnished by association with religious kooks like Bradlee Dean. Thank you, Jesus!

    Posted by: Joe in CT | May 21, 2011 2:19:24 PM

  19. I don't know what's more disgusting - his words and actions or his outfit and hair.

    Posted by: Alan Bennett Ilagan | May 21, 2011 2:35:53 PM

  20. There is no acceptable apology for this, and I believe it was intentional to try and intimidate the pro equality protesters. Are we no better than Uganda in this country now?

    Posted by: meercat | May 21, 2011 4:06:16 PM

  21. This is the one that Target's pet candidate Tom Emmer said is "good people", and never disavowed. But that's right, that donation was just about being "pro-business", which actually means lower wages for the front line employees while the executives get more stock options.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | May 21, 2011 5:26:54 PM

  22. This is what happens when you ask Biff Tannen to lead a prayer, people.

    Posted by: ryan | May 21, 2011 6:27:34 PM





    Posted by: castaway | May 21, 2011 8:35:26 PM

  24. WTF is going on in MN?

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 21, 2011 9:58:03 PM

  25. This man is truly nothing more than a worthless piece of garbage. I will commend the House Speaker for his apology but not forgive him for inviting this jerk wad in the first place.

    Posted by: Tyron | May 22, 2011 7:03:37 PM

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