You remember Bradlee Dean, don’t you? He’s the pastor who said that it was “moral” to execute gays, that the average gay sexually assaults hundreds of kids, and more recently that the state should go back to arresting homosexuals. He’s the good friend of homophobe Tom Emmer, whose failed bid for Minnesota governor was backed by Target to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Well, he’s back! Or at least, he was for a few minutes, but that’s all it took to cause a complete breakdown in the Minnesota House. Dean was invited to offer the guest prayer for the day, and here’s what he had to say:
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 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.
One official is said to have leaned over at that point and whispered to a colleague, “that is going to leave a mark.”
Turns out he was there at the request of Republican Ernie Leidiger, who was very contrite, “Little did I know there’s another side of him, which, by the way, I just learned today,” he said. You might want to Google your guests next time, Ernie!
A bit of bedlam followed the prayer, during which the House basically ground to a halt while panic-stricken legislators tried to figure out what to do. Eventually, a consensus emerged: everyone condemned Dean in speeches of varying intensity. Well, that’s all taken care of, then!
By a weird coincidence, this is the very same day that the House was scheduled to vote on the double-ban on marriage. So far, the issue hasn’t come up, perhaps derailed somewhat by the awful anti-gay minister.
The bill sponsor said today of his legislation,
I would hope that no one would try to link the two together, because we have been absolutely clear about the desire for decency and respect in the conversation about the definition of marriage. So for someone to link hate to this would be very unfortunate
Yes! Very unfortunate indeed! What a misfortune that would be! How terrible!