bad faith

WATCH: Minnesota Republican Invites “Arrest the Gays” Pastor to Deliver House Prayer and Accuse Obama of Being a Muslim

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!

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  • Kev C

    It’s such a disgraceful prayer, an incoherant rant. Guy couldn’t even dress up, like he jogged in from a sports bar, drunk, rambling and out of breath.

  • delurker

    the gay conservatives on queerty support this “pastor.”


    “So for someone to link hate to this would be very unfortunate”
    Actually it would be very accurate. This legislation is based on pure bigotry and the Republicans know it. They are just afraid the voters might figure it out and the backlash is not going to be pretty.

  • Ogre Magi

    Typical christian crap, although even lower class than they usually are.

  • the crustybastard

    Where are B and the other dipshits who insisted that the Target->MN Forward->Tom Emmer->Bradlee Dean connection was just about jobs, jobs, jobs?

    Yeah, nothing to do with antigay bigotry. Oh no.

  • Jim Hlavac

    Well, if they didn’t do their research on their speaker for the day, surely the Representatives up there might want to research all the other preachers and such whom are trying to pass the laws now under consideration, whom they listened to. Who knows what they might find! Why, the deans of the NO GAYS! movement pushing the amendment are just like ol’ Bradlee Dean himself — get rid of the gays.

    Now, has anyone put together the info pack for legislators so they might know exactly whom is behind this amendment? You know, a nice powerpoint presentation, I hear legislators like that, with charts and graphs and everything.

    That is, instead of responding to what they say with “oh no!” why not just make the active case that Dean and Pals are crazy — and prove it. Can’t be that hard.

  • Madonna Delondra

    What’s wrong with being Muslim? Why is it an accusation?


    That miserable little fuck has quite the Gay face. I’d lay odds on him getting a bit “too friendley” with some of the teens who attend his hatefests……..

    I am so fucking fed up with being the last fucking group where it is acceptable for the scumbag frightwing lunatic nutbags to spew their hate on without any consequences…….Could you imagine the fucking uproar if one of these scumbags called for the lynching of Blacks??

  • gregger

    I’m so tired of these ignorant f-cks that hide behind religion. Bigotry is bigotry and this man is flaming @$$hole who deserves nothing but laughter.


    @matt baume: I am just getting warmed up! Check the other current threads…..I haven’t posted in a while and it seems that every freaking thread is about some scumbag and or group of scumbags who are doing their dammdeds to toss hate upon the Gays…………

  • matt baume

    @PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Okay, we just don’t want to scare the other commenters off by shouting so loud they’re scared to weigh in.

  • Chris

    @Madonna Delondra: There is nothing wrong with being Muslim. But saying Obama is a Muslim is a lie — that is why that was called out.

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