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Minnesota House Republicans invited anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide to give the morning prayer. The prayer was so offensive to many legislators that House leadership brought in the chaplain to redo the prayer.

Dean has made many controversial statements as pastor of You Can Run, including advocating the incarceration of gays and lesbians, that the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota, that gay men molest an average of 117 children “before they get caught,” and that Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians. His prayer on Friday touched off a firestorm at the Capitol as the LGBT community was rallying outside the House chambers against a proposed anti-gay marriage amendment.

Dean said during his prayer, “I know this is a nondenominational chamber,” he said listing off a litany of Christian denominations and leaving off any mention of Judaism.

Then he took a dig at President Obama, insinuating that he is not a Christian. “The head of the denomination is Jesus as every president up until 2008 has acknowledged, in Jesus name.”

Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter, rose to speak out against the prayer. At first he was at a loss for words.

“I want to express a deep level of concern about what occurred in this chamber this morning,” he said.

He said the fact that the House restarted the prayer was an indication that something went wrong. “I take that as an acknowledgment that there is legitimate cause for deep concern among the members and the staff and among the people of Minnesota.”

Today hope was crushed by the words of a single speaker,” he said. “Mr. Speaker, I do trust and hope that we understand the gravity and the severity of the prayer that has been given to the people within this chamber and out.”

“I’m shaking right now because I’m mad,” he concluded. “This cannot happen again.”

Already this year, in the Minnesota Senate, Republicans invited a pastor who gave a sectarian prayer that caused concern among that chamber’s non-Christian members.

Bradlee Dean, The Minnesota Independent 55 Comments [5/25/2011 3:17:56 AM]
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Catgirl_Fetish

Wait a sec, doesn't Sharia Law say that homosexuals should be executed?

5/25/2011 3:35:56 AM

aaa

This is pretty much your standard FSTDT fodder. Nothing special.

5/25/2011 3:39:54 AM

AZJamie1

This is why there is a separation of church and state.

5/25/2011 3:57:05 AM

MrsYoungie

This is why there is no room for prayer in a political or public arena. Which prayer? whose prayer? what exact style? screw that. Pray at home if you must. alone. quietly. And quit the damned grandstanding.

5/25/2011 4:00:19 AM

Ian1732

Christ, you could've brought in an angry bear and things could've gone less disastrous.

5/25/2011 4:20:49 AM

Inigo Montoya

the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota

Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians

Is to contradict, no?

5/25/2011 5:00:47 AM

Mister Spak

Bradlee Dean isn't really a christian. Gods QC department rejected his prayer and it had to be replaced by a new one.

5/25/2011 5:06:22 AM

Anon2

So they invited a preacher known for his extremely controversial statements, and then they wonder when he delivers a completely unacceptable prayer?

5/25/2011 5:07:01 AM

meh

well at least they ridid the prayer (?) but what about separation of church and state?
Oh and sharia law states gays should die, and most child molesters are straight. yikes!

5/25/2011 5:12:24 AM

Adrian

Yeah, when I first read this story on Mother Jones the other day I narrowly avoided gatling-facepalming myself into concussion: the (at best) constitutionally dubious opening prayer, inviting an homophobic firebrand to give said prayer, the "pro-Shariah gays" thing (particularly since the moron is aware that some Muslim countries kill gays),... What's wrong with Minnesota? Did someone dump a truckfull of stupid pills in the drinking water supply?

5/25/2011 5:43:54 AM

SpukiKitty

I dunno....Minnesota is usually a pretty sane, progressive state but I think the majority (who are intelligent & sane) just caught the apathy bug on Election Day & these Teabagger mutants got elected. Look, I don't care how screwy ALL politicians are, VOTE DAMMIT. At least a "lesser-evil" is better than nothing at all! Not voting only makes it worse.

As for Badly Demon, I think someone in the House is fundy material & invited this guy.

It's almost like "Stuart Colbert & The White House Dinner"....only in reverse.

5/25/2011 6:01:18 AM

derpmaster

Remember though, liberals are the real lunatics for being in favor of single payer healthcare and alternative energy research.

5/25/2011 6:14:55 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Un-fucking-believable. Fuck you, Bradlee (how feminine a spelling) Dean, and fuck you Minnesotan Republicans for believing in his bile. Will the far right ever go away in American politics? I want it to happen while I'm still young, dammit!

5/25/2011 6:18:51 AM

GigaGuess

Dean has made many controversial statements as pastor of You Can Run, including advocating the incarceration of gays and lesbians...
Yep, prisons aren't full enough, let's make criminals out of people because I think they're ICKY! TOTALLY makes sense.

...that the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota...
Because Sharia Law is SO big on homosexuality...

...that gay men molest an average of 117 children “before they get caught...”
Hmmm...I'm a touch behind. Let me check my notes.
*check*
Hmmm...I've only molested...ZERO children. Huh. Fancy that.

...and that Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians.
Hunh. You mean the ones that do so under SHARIA LAW?

“I’m shaking right now because I’m mad,” he concluded. “This cannot happen again.”
Good to know there's some sanity in that room.

5/25/2011 6:25:53 AM

Doubting Thomas

This is why we need to stop opening governmental proceedings with prayers. What's next, having Fred Phelps give the prayer before a session of Congress?

5/25/2011 6:43:14 AM

Pilotess

execute gays, take women's rights away, reinstate slavery (Bible says it's ok) .... marching back into the 18th century (proudly too)

and that's Minnesota - usually libral and progessive!

5/25/2011 7:02:39 AM

schism

Preacher Bradlee Dean of "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide?"

[insert Catholic joke here]

Seriously, though, I know fundies aren't big on irony, but surely even they should realize that name has...implications.

5/25/2011 7:09:12 AM

Horsefeathers

Why are you people wasting time praying? You're there to do a job, so do it. Pray on your own time, damn it!

5/25/2011 7:24:26 AM

Headache

Prayer Fight!!

Who can say the most ridiculous bullshit in the shortest possible time while invoking the names "jesus" and "god" as many times as possible while spewing hateful nonsense about the black man in the white house.

5/25/2011 7:45:24 AM

Karana

Oh good, a reason to get rid of prayer in government altogether.....

5/25/2011 7:57:29 AM

Jeff Weskamp

Why the hell are meetings of our secular government being opened with prayer? Even the most ecumenical, non-denominational prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause.

5/25/2011 8:16:33 AM

Scorpius

Why is my home state going so fucking insane?! GTFO!

5/25/2011 8:34:00 AM

Veras_the_Brujah

Awesome
Gays want Sharia law. On an unrelated note, Muslim nations who execute homosexuals (under Sharia law) are better than the United States

42 of 43 (97.7%) presidents before 2008 were Christian (with the Deist Jefferson being the lone exception). Since 2008, 100% of presidents have been Christian (between Obama and the last three weeks of Bush). Thus, if we use the completely arbitrary year of 2008 as the dividing line between two equally arbitrary eras of religiousness in presidents, the Era of Obama is actually the most Christian era that the presidency has ever seen.

5/25/2011 8:36:34 AM

Anon-e-moose

"Dean has made many controversial statements as pastor of You Can Run, including advocating the incarceration of gays and lesbians, that the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota, that gay men molest an average of 117 children “before they get caught,” and that Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians. His prayer on Friday touched off a firestorm at the Capitol as the LGBT community was rallying outside the House chambers against a proposed anti-gay marriage amendment.

Dean said during his prayer, “I know this is a nondenominational chamber,” he said listing off a litany of Christian denominations and leaving off any mention of Judaism.

Then he took a dig at President Obama, insinuating that he is not a Christian. “The head of the denomination is Jesus as every president up until 2008 has acknowledged, in Jesus name.”

Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter, rose to speak out against the prayer. At first he was at a loss for words.

“I want to express a deep level of concern about what occurred in this chamber this morning,” he said.

He said the fact that the House restarted the prayer was an indication that something went wrong. “I take that as an acknowledgment that there is legitimate cause for deep concern among the members and the staff and among the people of Minnesota.”

Today hope was crushed by the words of a single speaker,” he said. “Mr. Speaker, I do trust and hope that we understand the gravity and the severity of the prayer that has been given to the people within this chamber and out.”

“I’m shaking right now because I’m mad,” he concluded. “This cannot happen again.”

Already this year, in the Minnesota Senate, Republicans invited a pastor who gave a sectarian prayer that caused concern among that chamber’s non-Christian members."

Even if Obama hadn't ordered bin Lardarse's elimination (which boosted his popularity rating ten points), you Religious Right types are all but giving Obama his second term on a gold platter.

Everything you say, do and think ensures your own political cause is doomed to FAIL in 2012. No Newt Gingrich or Sarah Failin* required.

Another loop added to the perpetual P.R. traincrash that is the self-annihilation crazy train that is the Repubicans, Religious Right, Neocunts, Teabaggers et al. Just keep committing political seppuku, wingnuts. We Left-wing Atheists don't even have to lift a finger.

Dance, our puppets, dance. >:D

*- Which is why I'm demanding that the Repubicans nominate Failin as their presidential candidate in 2012. And when she's true to her name for the second time - FAILin - she'll be the final wedge between the moderate Republicans and the Religious Right GOP types, that it'll create such a schism, that the Democrats will rule for ever and ever RAmen. Would said moderates vote with the Religious Right in the midterms? Thus GOPers would be self-exiled into the political wilderness, with as much chance of gaining power again as does Ralph Nader - and his own chances are summed up in his surname: NADA.

5/25/2011 8:37:08 AM

Raised by Horses

The only one who needs locking up here is Pastor Dean. It should be a crime to be this stupid.

5/25/2011 9:03:17 AM
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