Pastor’s Prayer Infuriates Lawmakers At Capitol

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – It’s crunch time at the Minnesota State Capitol as lawmakers have just a few days to try and solve a $5 billion budget deficit.

Controversy and distraction got in the way of settling the budget issues Friday, and in a big way. House Republicans invited a controversial preacher known for his anti-gay comments on a day where it was possible a bill would be passed to put gay marriage on the 2012 ballot.

Bradlee Dean walked among gay marriage protesters in the Capitol before offering the opening prayer in the House, wearing a track suit.

There was no mention of gay people or marriage, but the controversial preacher questioned President Barack Obama’s Christianity.

“I know this is a non-denominational prayer in the chamber. It’s not about the Baptists, not about the Catholics alone, or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans, Presbyterians, Evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination. And his name is Jesus, and every president up until 2008 has acknowledged,” Dean said.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers was so furious about the prayer that he started the entire session over, with a different preacher. He also denounced Bradlee Dean and apologized to all lawmakers.

“You will have my commitment that this type of person will never be allowed on this House floor again,” Zellers said.

On his web site, Dean describes himself as a ‘junkyard prophet’. He’s called homosexuals ‘predators’ and ‘molesters.’

“I have taken the time to love the homosexual community by warning them of their sins and their lawless deeds before God and man,” Dean said.

Dean was invited to pray by a freshman member of the House of Representatives who is against gay marriage, but said he was unaware of the ‘junkyard prophet’s’ views.

“That’s radical thinking. That kind of thinking – I think back to Nazi Germany,” said Ernie Leidiger, a Republican from Mayer.

But protesters lining the Capitol hallways found it hard to believe his prayer happened to be coincidence.

“I think that someone who has publicly said that gays should be executed, that they should be killed, the fact that they would let him on the floor on a day when they might take up a vote to take away rights for these people who cannot ever celebrate a wedding day? It’s hate,” said one emotional protester. 

But Dean is no stranger to politics, or Republicans. Former GOP candidate Tom Emmer gave money to his ministry. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann sent video greetings to a Bradlee Dean event.

And state lawmakers appear on his radio show.

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  • Pork Chop Fan

    I’m more furious that we can’t solve a $5 billion deficit.

    • Jesus - The Way, The Truth, and The Life

      Thank you, Bradlee Dean, for being true to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is He whom we serve and follow.

      2 Corinthians 4
      5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
      6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
      7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

      John 14
      6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      • Steve

        5/21/2011 and you’re still here?

        Sorry to hear you are not making it in.

        • Joe

          Comment win!

          • tt


    • Timothy

      Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. Matthew 22:29-30
      Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying, Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:35-40

  • Rich A.

    I’m sure in the next year or so Bradlee Dean will be caught with a male prostitute or something to that effect. It always seems like the people that spew the most hateful rhetoric on gays tend to be outed eventually.

    • victim du jour

      Gay activists spew Hate with the same tone of voice as bible bangers.

      • Nigel

        Outrage that someone wants you dead, calls you a criminal, or an abomination is hate?

      • Jon

        Yes, probably because you tell us we are going to hell on a daily basis. Thanks for the two cents wacko.

    • warning

      Get a grip, Rich. Worry about your own soul, lest you end up in hell.

      • Kate

        That is the same response I would use for gay haters and people trying to ban gay marriage. Let them worry about their own souls and making themselves better people.

        I don’t hear gay rights activists saying the haters should be strung up or cast out.

        • Just for Kate

          Here you go, Kate. Just for you. God is Not afraid to call a spade a spade:

          Romans 1
          26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
          27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

          • Religiousity

            Why don’t you take your stupid, ignoramus bible quotes and stick them where the sun don’t shine?

            • Condemned

              Can’t handle eternal punishment, eh?

              • kate

                What does the bible say about judging others? I thought that was god’s job. Why not leave it to god and not assume you know who is getting judged how.

          • kate

            And you expect me to care what your bible says? How does that affect me?

            Besides, how does this bible passage justify ranting about killing gays? Or even trying to deny them marriage rights? Not everyone believes on your religion.

  • Sighs

    I agree. This guy is going to be caught at the Eagle or one of those bars with two hermaphrodytes and illegal drugs. For now, he is a nazi, an intollerant and a freak.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Pssst! There is a very good reason why you see so many Christian and Jewish Symbols all over the place at Military Cemeteries.


  • James Kouba

    By the way he got his degree at the “Shop Here the 1.95 degree store”. I hope we never have to experience such ignorance and vile hate. This man is not even of the cloth. He is what I consider “The Devil in Sheeps Clothing”. His day of reckoning will come soon enough.

  • George

    So this is what the new Minnesota Legislature has decended to. Republicans are all about hate! They are not fiends of the middleclass.

    • Joe

      I think you meant ‘friends.” They’re definitely “fiends,” George, I’ll grant you that.

  • Mike

    From previous reading of the story I was led to believe that Republican Ernie Leidiger was responsible for allowing this demagogue to speak on the House floor and now this article quotes him speaking out about radical thinking. That is a classic example of talking out of both sides of your mouth.

  • Mark from

    I might not support gay rights, but this clown and his hate should have never been asked to say a prayer.full of so much hate and anger.

    • Jr

      They hated Jesus, too, for what he said. And then they killed Jesus.

      • Mike


        You should be hiding under bed, it’s rapture day……

        • Now what?

          Where’d everyone go?

  • bagladymn

    The man is offering a prayer, to include all sorts of denominations! A sincere prayer meant for God’s ears. So what if he is politically incorrect!
    This is not about division, it is about inclusion, and unification of diversities.
    Keep the hate mongers silent when anyone prays!
    Enough hatred!

    • Kim

      But it isn’t about political correctness. He is pushing hate and division. He is not trying for inclusion, he wants others to convert to his way.

  • Bubba

    If you are going to ask someone to speak it only takes 2 seconds to do a google on someone. The dirt is usually first. This is merely another example of the GOP’s inability to think through a situation before acting.

  • Mark Edwards

    Words seem to be more important to House Speaker Kurt Zellers, and his followers, than getting the job done they were sent to do.
    To exclude prayer, in and assembly, and a Country that has been based on Christian beliefs since it’s inception, is simply Communisim, and a teaching that man is in charge and there is no God.
    Don’t be fooled by words….National Socialism, a benevolent sounding term, is NAZISM!

    • Joe

      Since “it’s” inception? No, sir, you are incorrect. Our founders were Deists. Yet another example of Americans who are woefully ignorant of our history (and unable to spell or use correct grammar). No wonder we’re in such dire straits.

      • argo

        Get off this deist kick. It just doesn’t fly.

        • Joe

          It flies higher than whatever argument you haven’t put forth yet. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

        • Kim

          Doesn’t matter if you agree. Facts stand or ‘fly’ on their own. The founding fathers were careful to keep government out of religion and religion out of government. Washington, Jefferson and others believed in god, but were not christian.

          National Socialism is on the other side of center from Nazism. Kind of like comparing democratic government with dictatorship.
          Communism is the financial structure, not how it treats religion. A group can be christian and communist. Think living in a commune.

          • anti commie

            WHAT was the first thing the commies did in Russia, when the got power. THEY outlawed religion. KNOW your history before you use it.

            • Kim

              What does the history of Rissia and the Soviet Union have to do with the fact that the founding fathers were not christian? And no, it wasn’t the first thing they did. Get your history right and stay on topic.

      • Dave Campbell

        Good point Joe! We broke away from England because we did not want the churches interference in government. The church of England had great control over affairs in England. And the other big issue was taxation without representation. Sounds alot like what we are doing to the gay community by denying their rights. Perhaps we should exempt them from paying taxes if they do not have the same rights living in Minnesota as everyone else.

  • Calm down, House Speaker Kurt Zellers

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers, I am ashamed of you and of the way you treated Bradlee Dean. Sounds like Representative Zellers is ashamed of our Lord Jesus Christ. You better calm down, Representative Zellers. Bradlee Dean is a Holy Man of God serving the Lord Jesus Christ, and everything he said was true. Listen to our Lord Jesus Christ:

    Mark 8
    38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

    • Kate

      Sounds to me like he is ashamed of someone trying to divide. He believes in a loving, accepting god. He wants to honor Jesus and draw people in. Not make them hate and be pushed out.

  • Joe

    Slouchy McTracksuit resembles the predator label he slaps on gay people. I’d cross the street to avoid getting anywhere near this fool.

  • Kevin

    I LOVE THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • johnnycmoun

    I will vote no to gay marrage and lets see what the citizens of MN want to do about this issue. I am the most open minded and people friendly person you will meet but my faith and belief goes againts two men or two women being married. Lets vote on it and what ever the outcome is lets accept it and figure out other way more important issues than who’s hand we can hold….

    • Kim

      If you are openminded why are you trying to stop 2 adults from getting married? And why are you trying to have your failth be enshrined in law? Consider if someone wanted to have an aspect of their faith enshrined in law and you didn’t agree with it. Gays getting married doesn’t affect you and your life, so why try to stop it?

      • mike

        Kim – What do you think about a brother marrying his own brother? Or a sister marrying her own sister? Or a mother marrying her own daughter? Or a father marrying his own son?

        • Kevin

          I think it is ok for two sisters to get married to each other…..if they are both hot…..

        • Mike


          Why not? If you believe the bible that we all are decedents from Adam and Eve, then we are truly incestuous now, aren’t we?

  • johnnycmoun

    Gays getting married does affect my life because it will change peoples way of life in a society and I disagree with it. I believe a Man and Women are meant to be together and I’m sick of being harrassed by people of the gay culture accusing the public to accept it. This is something that should be voted on and let the people of MN decide if two guys or gals should be married and let it be law whatever is decided. My values and principles include faith in my life Kim and if you don’t practice any religion that is fine with me, it’s your choice just as my opinion of gay marrage is my choice. Being open minded means that I have thought about this issue in length and came to a conclusion with myself that my core values disapprove of gay marrage. I have friends that are gay and I appreciate their relationships but I don’t have to accept them being married.

    • Jon

      You’re entitled to that opinion- maybe one day down the road it will alter a bit. I come from a conservative, Catholic, military family. When they found out I was gay, I was no different in their eyes but their opinions were certainly changed on the BS going on in this country regarding gay rights.

      Not all gay people are looking to have the right to marry. I am one of those who would rather this ineffective legislature focus on fixing the economy and state of education in Minnesota. The right to marry will come in time just like civil & women’s rights, but we seriously have other pressing issues on the table right now and instead spend all of our time bickering over social agendas.

    • Kim

      You don’t have to accept gay marriage and do it yourself. But why try to prevent others from getting married? Your friends have shown you that being gay is just a small part of who they are. That they are still people, not much different than you. They also want to make the world a better place and do their part.

      How do you expect it will change scociety and people’s way of life?

  • sw

    For all you people who are so Christian, why isn’t it enough that gays can’t marry in your church. After all, God comes first, right? Why do you have to bring your church into state affairs. Don’t want gays to marry? FIne; join an church that agrees with you. But keep your religious beliefs out of government, just as the founding fathers intended.

    As for gay marriage impacting me or my marriage, it doesn’t. However, what does impact society is violence in many, many heterosexual marriages and relationships. I wish the Christians would put some time and energy into protecting women and children against domestic violence, rather than focusing on gay marriage. Hypocrisy; the reason so many turn against Christianity; on full display here.

  • Dean

    Awesome that you find joy in other peoples sorrow. Thanks for showing your true colors – you’re obviously a fine, upstanding member of society. Or not.

    • alan

      He isn’t fully up to speed on his drinking yet today. Give him time.

  • Dave Campbell

    Well said SW!!!!!! The Catholic church has been ruining peoples lives for years with their cover ups of sexual abuse yet speaks out against the gay community. Our government does a respectable job of not telling churches what to believe. Perhaps it is time for churches to stop trying to force their agenda on government!

  • Jez

    Since the Constitution demands the separation of Church and State, are prayers at the Capitol unconstitutional?

    • fanofliberty

      I understand “You can run but you cannot hide” gives a seminar on the Constitution. Maybe you could go and learn what the constitution really says… It would help you write factual statements. Does it demand it? Where? If you can find that phrase anywhere in the Constitution, please print it here. Thanks.

  • David G

    So, lawmakers are infuriated. They say that they do not want to hear from this preacher again. I wonder if the lawmakers will try to protect me from being offended. I have to listen to people who use Jesus’ name disrespectfully. They call on G’d to damn this and damn that.

    • Mike

      David G

      Your a god damn idiot…..
      Jesus, (if he ever existed) was a man, not a god.

      • for mike

        Mike if you exist are an idiot.

        • too bad

          There’s more proof for the existence of Jesus, than there is for Mike . . .

  • Dave

    I’m sick of the Catholic bashing! Nobody seems to care that communal marriage or polygamy is being practiced in different religious groups. Isn’t that illegal? Catholics believe in living life the way Christ intended and have one position on marriage like every other church. I’m certain that other religous groups also have problems in their churches just as much as catholics do, but people bash the catholics because they don’t understand why they have unmarried clergy. Its a way putting down others to feel good about one’s self. I believe this vote is trying to get this decision out of governmnet hands. It is foolish to think that there will ever fully be a seperation of church and state when people of every religion are going to try to live their faith.

    • Dave Campbell

      Are you telling me that Christ intended for the clergy to abuse children and then cover it up? If that is what you consider living life the way Christ intended, you have a very warped sense or morality. The Catholic church deserves every bit of bashing that they receive!

    • sw

      It’s not about putting anyone down to feel better about themselves. It’s about the hypocrisy of priests being servants of god, then turning around and committing heinous crimes against the most innocent of all; our children. If we don’t stand up to them, who will? I was raised Catholic, so I know first-hand that there are many problems with the Catholic faith. You are right, however, in stating that they are not alone; many other religious groups have problems as well. They all stem from hypocrisy. That is why the best Catholics demand transparency from their church, and do not defend the undefendable. Gay marriage is the least of the Catholic church’s concern.

  • snowman

    Preachers shouldnt be allowed to speak on the house floor
    The legislature is irresponsible for allowing this

  • George

    Boy, a good healthy debate going on here! I doubt anyone will change their opinions however………..

  • Pat Larson

    While Bradlee Dean’s controversial prayer is not a surprise, since he has a long track record of offensive rhetoric, what followed was dismaying in a different and incompetent way. It was extremely unfortunate that the current House Chaplain St. Dennis fumbled and failed to respond to this ludicrous prayer. If clergy, rabbis, and imams refuse to challenge the ideas of one of their own, perhaps someone like Rep.Terry Morrow might consider adding Chaplain to his responsibilities.

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