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With just days left in the regular legislative session and tensions running high over the budget and a constitutional amendment to ban gay marraige, a divisive pastor gave a controversial opening prayer on the House floor Friday.

House prayer by Bradlee Dean angers Dems, Zellers apologizes

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With just days left in the legislative session and tensions running high over the budget and a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a divisive pastor gave a controversial opening prayer on the House floor Friday.

Bradlee Dean, of the Old Path Church in Minneapolis, also runs a rock gospel ministry and has been openly hostile towards gay marriage. In his prayer, he questioned President Barack Obama‘s faith and repeatedly brought up the constitution. He gave the speech as protesters shouted outside the chamber about a proposed constitutional amendment to solidify a gay marriage ban already in statute, which could be brought up on the House floor today.

“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,” Dean said to the chamber. “America has the longest standing constitution in the history of the world, and might I remind all of us here that we have one constitution, so let us come together and unite ourselves under its directives, because we all know the problems didn’t come into our country in 1776, they came when we wandered from the founder of the company and tried running it our own way.”

After a considerably long pause following the prayer, House Speaker Kurt Zellers restarted the session with the House chaplain and a new prayer. DFL Rep. Terry Morrow, visibly upset, stood and said his “expectations have been crushed.”

“Mr. Speaker I will start by acknowledging that you did restart, and you did invite the House chaplain to speak. I take that as an acknowledgment that there is legitimate cause for deep concern,” he said. “I’ve always thought of the House prayer as an opportunity to contemplate together, to come together. … It was an expectation, it was a hope that I thought was fulfilled every day before I came to this chamber today.”

“This cannot happen again,” he said.

Following Morrow’s statement, the House went into recess. House chaplains are invited by the members. It’s unclear who invited Dean to speak on the chamber floor.

Zellers subsequently released a statement apologizing for the prayer: “I respectfully apologize to all members in the Minnesota House of Representatives and all citizens of this state for today’s morning prayer. As Speaker of the House, I take responsibility for this mistake. I am offended at the presence of Bradlee Dean on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. I denounce him, his actions and his words. He does not represent my values or the values of this state.”

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  1. Bradlee Dean, like Michelle Bachmann, is his own worst enemy. Their ugliness betrays their ignorance, and their ignorance puts their ugly prejudice on constant display. But the big question, as with the rest of this country, is why we hire politicians to do our work of government who are such public psychopaths as Bachmann. Her husband is in the mental health business. He’s missed his closest client!

  2. England’s constitution has ours beat by about 500 years. But I don’t expect a Christian Republican right-wing hatemonger to give a crap about the truth. He clearly already gave up caring about the truth a long time ago.

  3. carole Please enter your last name.

    Its hard to believe that the republican who invited this creep to do the prayer service did not know what this person stood for. He has strong ties to the minnesota republican party. But Michelle Bachman and Tim Pawlenty also has strong ties to Dean also. This just shows what these two stand for also. Pawlenty has already said that if he was president he would reinstate Don’t ask Don’t tell policy. They just want to take everyones rights away unless it benefits them.

  4. Way to go Bradlee. Someone had to tell the truth and i praise GOD you were given the floor and the opportunity. I pray the message GOD gave you hits its mark and hearts are changed. Thank you for speaking for all of us Christians who name the name of JESUS as LORD.

  5. It is amazing to read a lot of Christian bashing within these posts. What has happened to our country? What happened to the values our founding fathers built our entire belief system and constitution around?
    Folks our country is in dire need of prayer, we are losing values at an astronomical rate!

  6. Disgusted American

    4.PAT Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 8:23 am
    Way to go Bradlee. Someone had to tell the truth and i praise GOD you were given the floor and the opportunity. I pray the message GOD gave you hits its mark and hearts are changed. Thank you for speaking for all of us Christians who name the name of JESUS as LORD.

    Mental Patient says what? Weren’t you supposed to be raptured by now? Go take your meds dear

  7. Pat, you are an as*hole. By no means do you speak for all christians. What makes you think you have the ability to speak to words of god. NARCISSIST.

  8. 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.

  9. Leviticus 20:13 = If a man lies with a man as with a woman, he has committed an abomination; he shall be executed.

    Romans 1:26-28 = …men committed shameful acts with men, and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.

    First Corinthians 6:9-10 = Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor idolaters, nor effeminate, nor sodomites….shall inherit the kingdom of God.

  10. When people proclaim to be Christians then lie, support lies, hate, support hatred, are hypocrites, support hypocrisy, judge people rather than particular acts people perform, support judgement of people rather than acts that people perform, these Christians bring judgement upon all Christians. I do not see these actions as fulfilling Jesus’ directive of spreading the Gospel or of bringing glory to God.
    Pat – I assure you, Mr. Dean did not speak the truth. Who, other than God, has a right to judge the Christianity of our President or anyone else?
    Chris – I do not see any Christian bashing in these posts. I see accusations of ignorance, hate – mongering. I have spent multiple hours seeking the truth and I agree with the accusations made. Some people shout from the roof tops that they are Christians. This does not make them right or fit leaders. Other people show by their words and acts that they are Christians. Jesus, Himself, did not go around claiming to be the Messiah yet people knew. Please don’t assume people speak the truth because they mention the name of God or because the media reports it. Luke 11:37-

  11. Leann B – You are wrong, Bradlee is right. Obama is NOT a Christian. How do I know? Because the Bible says that by their fruits you will know them. His very actions prove that he is not a Christian. Anybody who fills their cabinet with Marxists, globalists, and other assorted thugs is no Christian. Anybody who denies our Godly heritage is no Christian, and by the cowardly reaction of this Zellers and other republicans, I would say they are no Christians either. I would recommend that you go to the Wallbuilders website and also get a set of McGuffey readers and educate yourself on the Biblical foundations of our nation.

  12. Dean is telling the truth.
    People gets angry because they are sinful and do not want to admit it.

    Better that they be angry now then repent, than to be in hell for ever.

  13. Who needs McGuffey readers when you can read the Bible for yourself?

    Or get it to talk to you at Bible Gateway?

    And why did this Bradlee guy pray like a Pharisee?

    The Apostle Luke tells the story of the Pharisee that exalted himself and was humbled. The humble tax collector found favor with God because he did not exalt himself.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%2018:11&version=NIV

  14. We need more Bradlee Deans in the world. Speak the truth even though it hurts and then things will get better.

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