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]
Fundie Index: 72
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Yes. He is a Christian; just the worst kind.
5/25/2011 9:46:30 AM
This is more patently offensive than anything that came out of Jeremiah Wright's mouth—and as we all know, he said quite a few, uhh, "less than polite" things—so where's your collective
rage at this jackass, right wing?
...oh wait, he's one of you, and he's bashing LGBT citizens, not white people, so it's ok.
5/25/2011 9:48:54 AM
Only a small example of what the Tea Party wants to bring to the US....
5/25/2011 10:33:47 AM
Those people are the near future of the United States. I guess 2012 will be the end of civilization as we know it, in some fashion.
5/25/2011 10:41:38 AM
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
5/25/2011 12:17:48 PM
The man should have been interrupted when the first garbage fell from his mouth.
5/25/2011 12:39:19 PM
Not too surprised as much of the Republican leadership is deaf, blind and stupid concerning the feelings, rights and concerns of any but the most deluded of Christians.
Sharia Law? Why in the world would openly gay persons be in favor of a system of laws calling for their deaths? I know, I know, that's way too deep a question for BD.
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5/25/2011 12:56:09 PM
Why was there a prayer in the House (the Minnesota one, just so people don't think I mean the US one) in the first place?
Dean's stupidity speaks for itself, so I don't think I need to comment there.
5/25/2011 1:06:05 PM
[...that the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota...]
You don't even know what Sharia law is, do you?
5/25/2011 1:46:19 PM
Fundies Make Me Sick
I'm GLAD the members were concerned about this bigoted fucker's offensive "prayer"; it proves that they're human and have hearts.
5/25/2011 3:01:49 PM
Yes, the LGBT community is so masochistic - they would usher in laws that would persecute *them*. Yeah, right! *eye roll*
5/25/2011 3:35:03 PM
ahhhh screw Jesus!
5/25/2011 3:52:29 PM
Why are you having prayers in senate houses anyway? I thought there was supposed to be separation of church and state?
Btw, I just did a google image search for this guy. Wow. I was expecting someone who looked like Pat Robertson or something.
5/25/2011 4:39:02 PM
I see an incident with a young man hired to "carry his luggage" in Bradlee Dean's future.
What a homophobic fuckwit.
5/25/2011 4:51:41 PM
Bradlee Dean You can run but you cant hide, Youve got some gay pride.
5/25/2011 4:59:49 PM
This is exactly why there shouldn't be prayers or chaplains in government.
5/25/2011 5:04:34 PM
Thank you, Dr. Razark, you beat me to it. This douche is as much an offense to Jesus as he is to all of us.
"You Can Run" sounds like a threat to me. Bastard's waiting for the day when he can "hunt" gay people like deer. Fuck him. Hell, DAMN him!
5/25/2011 9:35:59 PM
"I'm GLAD the members were concerned about this bigoted fucker's offensive "prayer"; it proves that they're human and have hearts."
Sorry to break your hopes, but Terry Morrow is a Democrat. And if he was Republican, he would probably be called RINO anyway.
5/25/2011 10:34:38 PM
THIS is the prayer that should have been used:
(From Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life")
Chaplain: Let us praise God. O Lord...
Congregation: O Lord...
Chaplain: ...Ooh, You are so big...
Congregation: ...ooh, You are so big...
Chaplain:...So absolutely huge.
Congregation: ...So absolutely huge.
Chaplain: Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
Congregation: Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
Chaplain: Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and...
Congregation: And barefaced flattery.
Chaplain: But You are so strong and, well, just so super.
5/25/2011 11:50:24 PM
Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers told members of the Minnesota House that he would never allow Bradlee Dean or anyone like him to give a prayer before the chamber again so long as he is speaker. Dean’s prayer insinuated that President Obama was not a Christian and his past statements about incarcerating gays and lesbians sparked a firestorm of criticism on both sides of the aisle.
“Earlier today there was a prayer given by a man I personally denounce. The decorum and dignity of this body is my responsibility. I did not live up to that responsibility today. For that, I apologize. This is the people’s House. Each member deserves the dignity and respect of all of us,” he said. “Members I can only ask for your forgiveness. That type of person will never ever be allowed on this House floor again as long as I have the honor of serving as speaker.”
5/26/2011 6:37:22 AM
...and I saw the video! A scraggly, greasy, filthy guy in a tracksuit! It's like some random, extremely sweaty jogger with severe psychiatric issues just happened to randomly run into the building & spew nonsense.
(I don't mind being 'hip', 'casual' or 'individualistic' BUT this guy is just plain 'unhygenic')
5/26/2011 7:02:59 AM
Beautiful. Just beautiful. May a choir of internets gently sing you to your rest tonight.
5/26/2011 8:17:53 AM
If I am not mistaken, homosexuality and pedophilia are mutually exclusive. I am sure some pedos have a preference of gender, like boys over girls, but that does not make them gay if they do like little boys, nor does it make them associate with the LGBT community. They are just sick scumbags. Adult, rational, homosexuals are not sickos, as they only find other adult homosexuals attractive, not children. I hope this clears things up a bit.
5/28/2011 1:46:22 AM
So, homosexuals want to enforce Sharia law, why?, to get executed?. I thought you considered them more moral because of that(?)
5/28/2011 11:25:09 AM
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