It couldn’t happen to a dumber bunch of bigots.
Bradlee Dean is a heavy metal drummer and founder of YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE INTERNATIONAL Christian ministry (his caps). He sums up his musical glories on his website:
Bradlee Dean is also drummer for the second-best unsigned band in the nation called JUNKYARD PROPHET, whose music videos have reached 111 million households four times over internationally and debuted on JCTV as 3rd in the United States . . Bradlee is endorsed by world-class companies such as Sonor, Buttkickers, Beatnik (including his own signature drum pad), Hornet Drumsticks (including his own signature sticks), and Soultone Cymbals.
The magazine Heaven’s Metal voted Junkyard Prophet #2 in the awesome year of 1996. So Bradlee is the real and lingering thing.
Bradlee is obsessed with the gays.
He’s argued that homosexuality is not only immoral, but actually a federal crime. When President Obama nominated Sharon Lubinski, who is openly gay, to be a US Marshal in 2010, Dean argued that Obama had acted illegally because “homosexuality is against the law in the United States” . .
On his radio show, he’s alleged that gays were responsible for the Holocaust, and that gay men will, on average, molest 117 people “before they’re found out.” He’s also suggested that extremist Muslims who call for the execution of American gays are morally justified. “If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that,” Dean explained. “[Homosexuals] play the victim when they are, in fact, the predator.” He has since clarified that he does not support executing gays, and that his remarks were intended as a brotherly warning to gays to change their ways.
Maybe that’s why the Republican fools in the Minnesota House of Representatives invited Pastor Pony Tail to begin their session with a prayer mere days or hours before offering to amend their constitution to outlaw gay marriage. The track-suited Bradlee delivered a corker, calling President Obama a Jesus hater (2:45):
Now all hell’s broken loose.
Once Dean finished, Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter, rose to say that the expected hope of peace in the daily prayer had been “crushed by a single person’s words.”
Decorum on the floor broke so badly that [House Speaker Kurt] Zellers hit a session reset button. He asked the regular House chaplain, the Rev. Grady St. Dennis, to pray, then called for another Pledge of Allegiance and another attendance vote.
From the lowly members’ well in the House, a stricken Zellers addressed his fellow House members. “That type of person will never, ever be allowed on the House floor again,” he pledged.
In a separate statement, Zellers said of Dean, “I take responsibility for this mistake. … I denounce him, his actions and his words. He does not represent my values or the values of this state.” Zellers is a cosponsor of the marriage amendment.
So now — the ‘no gay marriage’ thing?
Friday’s bombshell arrived just as legislators were prepping for a vote to put the amendment question on the 2012 ballot. While the vote had once seemed a certainty for this session, by Friday afternoon it was in serious doubt.
“We never said whether we are going to take it up or not,” said Zellers, R-Maple Grove. Pressed on the timing of the vote, Zellers said: “At this point, I don’t [know] and I’m not prepared to say.” Zellers later said he still believes he has the votes to pass the amendment.
The Minnesota Family Council, advocates of the amendment, sent out an evening e-mail to its members, asking them to turn out at the State Capitol to apply pressure. The Legislature must adjourn its regular session by Monday at midnight.