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.
“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,” Dean said in his invocation in the Minnesota House. “Or the Presbyterians, the 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.”
Kurt Zellers (R), House Speaker, was not amused:
Zellers, R- Maple Grove, restarted the House session and brought in a chaplain to redo the prayer. He also condemned Dean’s prayer in a floor statement.
“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,” Zellers said.
Bradlee Dean, unwilling to allow the gub’ment to shut down his bible-thumpin’ responded:
“If Speaker Zellers does not stand for the Constitution, our veterans, the Founding Forefathers and the Christian God to whom he swears by an oath to uphold these very things, then I would say Mr. Zellers is not fit to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Minnesota,” Dean wrote on his website Friday. “Today Speaker Zellers exemplified a point I have made many times over in past years. When a little heat comes for taking a stand, diplomatic people immediately bend to the opposition. They fall all over themselves to apologize for something that they claim to stand for when speaking to their constituents. But when it comes to actually putting what they said into practice, they denounce the Constitution’s laws and the people’s principles who voted them in. How hypocritical.”
Dean then devoted his entire two-hour radio program to the prayer flap. He denied mentioning President Obama and compared himself to Martin Luther.
“I went into them chambers with total respect,” Dean told his listeners. “I feel like Martin Luther, innocently nailing the 95 theses on the wall, and I’m not even Catholic.”
“I didn’t say we weren’t a Christian nation, Obama did,” Dean said. “If you want to point the finger at someone denying Christianity in our country, you might want to talk to Obama about it, because I didn’t say it.”
Well, actually, I kind of agree with you here Brad. These fucknuggets, especially on the religious right, do talk an awful lot about Gawd. In fact, on the fringe, some of them even flirt around the issue of this country deserving to be a Theocracy.
So it probably is a bit odd to you to run into this kind of resistance. The very fact that they have fucking prayers before opening the House speaks to your point.
Which brings me to my main problem. They could avoid this kind of thing altogether if they weren’t having fucking prayers in the House. This is supposed to be a secular government. There is supposed to be a separation between church and state. Why are we allowing our politicians to carry on in this way?
Why aren’t there constant secular movements decrying this fucking bullshit?
By the way Brad, do you know who said we weren’t a Christian nation before Obama? John Fucking Adams. One of those founding fathers you assholes lie through your teeth about? Ya, that guy. That founding father stated it unequivocally in the Treaty of Tripoli.
The kicker to this particular incident? Bradlee is using the hype to fleece his minions for cash to hire a publicist.
Brilliant. Invite these cockroaches into our government functions, have them excrete their particular brand of superstitious bullshit all over the place and use the steaming pile of bible-scat to make money.
Cut that shit out, gub’ment.