"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. And we pray it. In Jesus’ name."Emphasis added - DG. I object not only to Bradlee Dean mischaracterizing President Obama's faith. That is consistent with all of the fallacies that Dean preaches. This man has no clue about the U.S. Constitution either. I object to him making his prayer about Jesus when there are people who are atheists and people who practice other faiths in the Minnesota Legislature. Dean would have us be a Christian theocracy, the way Iran is a Muslim theocracy. He is a man who preaches hatred and calls it love, who preaches ignorance and intolerance and calls it religion. He is not even an ordained minister of a recognized faith or an actual church.
MNPublius has an excellent list of the close associations and endorsements of Minnesota Republican legislators here:
IN 2009, ....Representative Michele Bachmann delivered a video message to fundraiser attendees: “It a tough job that you do, but someone has to do it.”It's not just the homophobic statements, totally INACCURATE statements about pedophilia, which will sink them. It's not really the Islamophobic statements either (those play to far too large a demographic of the Right's base). In some respects, Dean is Minnesota's version of Florida's not-ordained self-styled Pastor Terry Jones with the non-existant church who burned the Koran. No, I think "the Pope is the anti-christ" statements will go far further to sink the aspirations of TPaw and Tea Party Queen Bachmann with the majority of the national electorate:
IN 2006, Michele Bachmann led a prayer for Bradlee Dean’s anti-gay ministry
Bachmann: “Lord, I thank you for what you have done with this ministry”
TIM PAWLENTY is listed as a guest on Bradlee Dean’s radio show, along with many other local Republicans and conservatives: Photo of Tim Pawlenty with Bradlee Dean’s radio co-host, Jake McMillan
"IN 2007, former Secretary of State and current Representative Mary Kiffmeyer served as master of ceremonies for an event honoring Bradlee Dean’s ministryMary Kiffmeyer is a real piece of work in her own right; she was Secretary of State in Minnesota under TPaw. It is a tenet of the faith espoused by Michele Bachmann, Wisconsin Synod Lutheran, abbreviated WELS - the faith in which I was raised - that the pope is the antichrist. Don't take my word for it; it is on their website here:
•Mary Kiffmeyer: “They’re not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, and their country, to preach it, and using that exercise of their freedom”
•Bradlee Dean at the same event: The Pope is “a devil disguised as a minister of righteousness”
•Dean’s speech also compared the teaching of evolution to the ideology of Hitler
Scripture does not teach that the Pope is the Antichrist. It teaches that there will be an Antichrist (prophecy). We identify the Antichrist as the Papacy. This is an historical judgment based on Scripture. .... The Joint Doctrinal Committees of the Synodical Conference adopted this statement on October 15, 1958, and reported this to the Lutheran Synodical Conference Convention in 1960. The "Statement on the Antichrist" was adopted by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod at its convention in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1959, without a dissenting vote.The position of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod goes on for multiple pages. I don't think that is going to play well in a general election. BOTH TPaw and Bachmann have multiple long-term close political associations with people who support that belief. The Right was wrong in condemning Wright. I can't wait to watch them wiggle around when that shoe of guilt by association, and support by long term association for controversial views, is on the other foot - one might say, the RIGHT foot - for a change.
Short term, Dean is going to get a lot of attention, which will be interesting as he runs and hides from any interviews which are likely to disagree with him or toss him hard questions. Long term? I think Dean is pretty well over and done; he has imploded, he just might not know it yet. The only question is......how many Republicans will he take with him, and how much will he hurt the 2012 presidential aspirations of the candidates from Minnesota.
It couldn't happen to more appropriate individuals.