Bradlee Dean
Bradlee Dean

Religious, political groups criticize Bradlee Dean prayer

Catholic Conference, ACLU and Mayor RT Rybak are among those weighing in
By Andy Birkey
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

In the wake of Bradlee Dean‘s controversial prayer before the Minnesota House on Friday, a number of religious and political groups condemned Dean and urged Republican leaders to disavow Dean’s prayer and his association with the House. The Minnesota Catholic Conference, which supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, said that Dean should not be associated with their movement. The ACLU, the DFL, the National Organization for Marriage, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak and several legislators all weighed in on the controversy over the weekend.

Supporters of gay marriage ban respond

The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy wing of the Roman Catholic Church, condemned Dean’s prayer. “It was wrong to have a person with extremist views, like those attributed to Dean, deliver the prayer in the House,” said Jason Adkins, the group’s executive director. “Dean disrespectfully turned the prayer into a polemic and his words divided the chamber rather than brought people together.”

Adkins added that just because Dean is anti-gay he shouldn’t be lumped in with those who seek a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

“It was also unfortunate that those who are opposed to a marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution used Dean’s remarks to portray supporters as ‘hate groups,’ as well as state falsely that Dean was there on their behalf,” he said. “As Speaker Kurt Zellers said in an apology today, which we welcome, the mistake was due to an internal oversight. Bradlee Dean does not speak for those supporting a marriage amendment in Minnesota.”

The National Organization for Marriage echoed that sentiment on its blog:

“The suggestion of violence (if this account is true) is abhorrent, especially from a man of the cloth. But should the people of Minnesota be deprived of the right to vote because somebody in the state legislature did not vet a so-called pastor?”

The group links to a Star Tribune story which refers to a statement by Dean during his May 15, 2010, radio show.

“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America,” he said. “This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”

ACLU letter

The Minnesota ACLU sent a letter on Friday afternoon to leaders in both the House and Senate urging them to refrain from prayers when those chambers are in session.

“The Minnesota Legislature is designed to represent all Minnesota residents, regardless of faith,” said Charles Samuelson of the Minnesota ACLU. “While we applaud Representative Zellers for his apology, we urge you to refrain from opening future sessions with any type of prayer, so as to ensure that religious freedom is protected for all.”

“Any reasonable observer,” the ACLU letter said (PDF), “would have understood that Bradlee Dean’s prayer – featuring multiple references to ‘Jesus’ – promoted Christianity.”

Politicians speak out

And Mayor Rybak weighed in in a video interview with Capitol Conversations: “To actually invite a minister that talked the jailing of [LGBT] people to give the invocation on the floor of the Minnesota Capitol, I don’t understand that.”

Rep. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, sent an email to constituents condemning Dean.

“The emotions on this issue ran hot this morning when GOP legislators invited Bradlee Dean to deliver the opening prayer,” he wrote. “In case you are unfamiliar with Bradlee Dean, he is a hateful ‘preacher’ who has proclaimed that gays belong in jail and that he would ‘approve the death penalty for gays.’ His mere presence was insulting, but his ‘prayer’ was offensive as well.”

He continued, “I was very upset this kind of speech would be allowed inside the House chamber – or any place. Whether it is African Americans, women or the LGBT community, Republicans have sought policies that divide us, singling out minority communities for harsh treatment.”

DFL chair Ken Martin sent an email to party activists about Dean.

“Today, the Republican majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives invited Bradlee Dean, a controversial Reverend who has essentially advocated for the execution of homosexuals, to deliver the opening prayer for the chamber,” said Martin. “Governor Dayton said it best in response – there is no place for hate in Minnesota and especially not on the House or Senate floor.”

He added, “The fact that this man, who advocates for violence against gay people, was welcomed by the GOP onto the House floor with open arms is just abominable.”

As the Minnesota Independent has reported, Dean has long-running ties with Minnesota Republicans. Politicians, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, have been part of fundraisers for Dean’s You Can Run But You Cannot Hide; Emmer’s former House campaign donated to the group; and prominent Republicans, including Dan Severson (who recently announced he’ll be running against Amy Klobuchar for Senate) and state Sen. Paul Gazelka, have been guests on his weekly radio show.

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Ron Atkins
Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

Pretty sad. Didn’t republicans promise to focus on the economy instead of these divisive issues? Last time I fall for their lies. 

When will the right wing Christians/Catholic church/Mormons stop picking the parts of the Bible they want to follow? The Bible forbids divorce, so when will they  put their money where their mouth’s are and pass an anti-divorce law? That would truly protect marriage, instead of limiting a minority group’s rights. I won’t hold my breath for hypocrites to support that kind of law!

To those who don’t want the courts to decide this issue, and want majority rule, you all need to brush up on the US constitution. It was written so there are protections for minorities from the majority. These same people would probably have voted to eliminate Jew’s rights during WWII or voted to keep inter-racial marriages illegal in the 60′s. Before you claim being gay is a choice, I guess you know that as a fact, because originally you  were attracted to both sexes and later made your decision to now only be attracted to the opposite sex. Thank God you made the “right” choice, so you can make your own decisions for your family instead of the majority voting to eliminate your rights.  

To those who are pushing for this amendment or voted yes on this in session, your children will be ashamed of you some day; ashamed of your lack of US constitutional protections knowledge, but even more so of your vote promoting bigotry. no matter how hard you try to distance yourselves from this hateful preacher, you are only kidding yourselves and people who have your same bigotted views.

Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

The Minnesota Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Marriage would like you to know that their hate is different Bradlee Dean’s hate.

Ambrose Charpentier
Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

The efforts of the MN Catholic Conference to distance themselves from Dean while still supporting the Marriage Discrimination amendment are pathetic. If they don’t want to be branded a hate group, they might focus on issues that will actually help somebody.

Dog is my shepherd
Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

A note to the MCC and the NOM: if you lie down with a dog, don’t be surprised if you get up with fleas.

Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

In the 30(?) states were republicans have passed the often redundant re-bans not once have they put the true bible definitions of marraige on the ballot -that is to say one marraige till death do us part. Could it be because the most republican leaning group of voters in the USA-white southern protestant fundamentalists- have the highest rate of multiple marraige failures-but vote aboutn80-90% republican.?

Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

This is pretty sweet!! A kerfuffle in the fabric of the Republikan Party (sieg heil !!) Who’s gonna tear each other apart first??? I see a variety of scenarios happening..

1.) Gov. T Baggs sides with Bachmann and denounces Speaker Zellers on behalf of Bradlee Dean………………………… No that’s not gonna happen Zellers is the next in line as a Republikan Gubernatorial Candidate..

2.) Bachmann denounces Bradlee Dean………………. No that’s not gonna happen either…

3.) Pawlenty Sides with Zellers to isolate Bachmann for political gain in the Presidential Primary….. Hmmm Possibly

4.) Pawlenty, Bachmann and Zellars systematically denounce Bradlee Dean …………………………. Hmmm I don’t think that’s gonna happen.. Michele needs all of the NUTS on the farm in order to win..

5.) The ‘ Evangelical Corporate Church of Christ, LLC’ will fund Bradlee Dean up the Wah-Zoo so that he can spew his anger and hatred on the radio.. Bradlee Dean ends up being a Political figure like Douche Limbaugh….. Then ALL of the Republikans crawl back to Bradlee Dean to give their utmost dearest apologies for offending such a great American Hero…

That’s what will happen.. #5..

Andy Birkey … Keep us tuned in on this story.. It is FASCINATING…

Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

Seed – Your comment was spot on! Spot on!

“Adkins added that just because Dean is anti-gay he shouldn’t be lumped in with those who seek a constitutional ban on gay marriage.” – Why not? Your goal is the same. Your motives are the same. Your thought process is the same. Your tactics are only slightly different. You spread the same lies.

Yep – you’re really all the same.

Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

Oh forgot to say this:

Please stop using that pic of Dean. It’s way too flattering and I’m sure it’s the one he prefer everyone to see. Start using something more recent, The recent ones show how the ugly inside has become the ugly outside. Far more accurate.

Comment posted May 23, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

Can I highly recommend this one?

fremont upton
Comment posted May 24, 2011 @ 7:49 am

That track suit got me to thinking. “Man, he looks like a pedophile.” Then it hit me, he’s “youth minister” using heavy metal music to reachout to kids. Funny thing is, most of his slavish, cult-like following are, like heavy-metal fans, mostly young males. That, combined with his “nope, no gays here” preaching makes me reeeeeal suspicious. I got a feeling he’s gonna have more trouble than with just the IRS.

Comment posted May 24, 2011 @ 8:00 am

@fremont upton-

Stunning! Did BD renounce his citizenship as part of a scheme to defraud the IRS? And Speaker Zellers put this treasonous criminal on the House floor.

Does Zellers know what he is doing? Neither answer bodes well for the state.

Praise Jebus, God hates giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s, Amen.

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted May 24, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

A circular firing squad. How amusing. Lets be clear folks, they are the same creature as NOM, MFC, FRC, Cathlicorp or Bradlee Dean. They’re shooting at their own foot. They ALL spew the same FALSE peer-repudiated garbage of one highly twisted sister, Paul Cameron. The Lifespan “study”, Paul Cameron. Second-hand smoke allegation, Paul Cameron. Gay Parenting. The Pedophilia allegation, Paul Cameron. MFC has this garbage on their website. Over 477,000 accredited and reputable organizations including the APA, ASA, AMA, The Academy of Pediatrics, and many others ALL disagree with Paul Cameron and state that homosexuality is is a natural and normal part of sexuality. It also occurs all over the animal kingdom in over 750 species studied for those who need more education. What an embarrassment, and theres a good chance this Prop H8 trial will be televised.

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted May 24, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

Here he is.

Paul Drummond Cameron was born November 9, 1939, in Pittsburgh (PA).

He received his BA from Los Angeles Pacific College in 1961; his MA from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1962; and his PhD from the University of Colorado in 1966. His dissertation was titled Age as a determinant of differences in non-intellective psychological functioning.1

He was affiliated with various colleges and universities until 1980. They include Wayne State University (1967-68), University of Louisville (1970-73), Fuller Graduate School of Psychology [part of the Fuller Theological Seminary] (1976-79), and the University of Nebraska (1979-80).

On his curriculum vitae, he describes himself as a “Researcher/Clinician.” According to the web site of the Nebraska Department of HHS Regulation and Licensure, his license as a Psychologist has been “inactive” since 1995.

He is chairman of the Family Research Institute, PO Box 62640, Colorado Springs, CO, 80962-2640. Telephone: (303) 681-3113. Fax: (303) 681-3427. E-mail:

APA letter to Paul Cameron 12/2/83

In the mid-1980s, the gay press labeled Paul Cameron “the most dangerous antigay voice in the United States today.”2,3,4 Here are some important facts about him.

* On December 2, 1983, the American Psychological Association sent Paul Cameron a letter informing him that he had been dropped from membership. Early in 1984, all members of the American Psychological Association received official written notice that “Paul Cameron (Nebraska) was dropped from membership for a violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists” by the APA Board of Directors.5 Cameron has posted an elaborate argument about his expulsion from APA on his website, claiming that he resigned from APA before he was dropped from membership. Like most organizations, however, APA does not allow a member to resign when they are being investigated. And even if Cameron’s claims were accepted as true, it would be remarkable that the largest professional organization of psychologists in the United States (and other professional associations, as noted below) went to such lengths to disassociate itself from one individual.

* At its membership meeting on October 19, 1984, the Nebraska Psychological Association adopted a resolution stating that it “formally disassociates itself from the representations and interpretations of scientific literature offered by Dr. Paul Cameron in his writings and public statements on sexuality.”6

* In 1985, the American Sociological Association (ASA) adopted a resolution which asserted that “Dr. Paul Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented sociological research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism” and noted that “Dr. Paul Cameron has repeatedly campaigned for the abrogation of the civil rights of lesbians and gay men, substantiating his call on the basis of his distorted interpretation of this research.”7 The resolution formally charged an ASA committee with the task of “critically evaluating and publicly responding to the work of Dr. Paul Cameron.”

At its August, 1986 meeting, the ASA officially accepted the committee’s report and passed the following resolution:

The American Sociological Association officially and publicly states that Paul Cameron is not a sociologist, and condemns his consistent misrepresentation of sociological research. Information on this action and a copy of the report by the Committee on the Status of Homosexuals in Sociology, “The Paul Cameron Case,” is to be published in Footnotes, and be sent to the officers of all regional and state sociological associations and to the Canadian Sociological Association with a request that they alert their members to Cameron’s frequent lecture and media appearances.”8

* In August, 1996, the Canadian Psychological Association adopted the following policy statement:

The Canadian Psychological Association takes the position that Dr. Paul Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism and thus, it formally disassociates itself from the representation and interpretations of scientific literature in his writings and public statements on sexuality.

* Cameron’s credibility was also questioned outside of academia. In his written opinion in Baker v. Wade (1985), Judge Buchmeyer of the U.S. District Court of Dallas referred to “Cameron’s sworn statement that ‘homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do heterosexuals,’” and concluded that “Dr. Paul Cameron…has himself made misrepresentations to this Court” and that “There has been no fraud or misrepresentations except by Dr. Cameron” (p.536).9


1Biographical information obtained from various sources, including Cameron’s curriculum vitae, Who’s Who in the West, 26th Edition, 25th Edition; Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, 51st Edition, 50th Edition. (return to text)

2Walter, D. (1985, October 29). Paul Cameron. The Advocate, pp. 28-33. (return to text)

3Fettner, A.G. (1985, September 23). The evil that men do. New York Native, pp. 23-24. (return to text)

4Pietrzyk, M.E. (1994, October 3). Queer science: Paul Cameron, professional sham. The New Republic, pp. 10-12. (return to text)

5Notice: Persons dropped from membership in the American Psychological Association. (1984). Internal communication from APA to all members. (return to text)

6The full NPA resolution read as follows:

The science and profession of psychology in Nebraska as represented by the Nebraska Psychological Association, formally dissociates itself from the representations and interpretations of scientific literature offered by Dr. Paul Cameron in his writings and public statements on sexuality. Further, the Nebraska Psychological Association would like it known that Dr. Cameron is not a member of the Association. Dr. Cameron was recently dropped from membership in the American Psychological Association for a violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists.

[Nebraska Psychological Association. (1984, October 19). Resolution. Minutes of the Nebraska Psychological Association. Omaha, Nebraska: Author.] (return to text)

7A copy of the full ASA resolution in Acrobat PDF format can be downloaded. It read as follows:

WHEREAS Dr. Paul Cameron, a psychologist, was dropped from membership in The American Psychological Association for violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists;

WHEREAS Dr. Paul Cameron has been presented in the media as a sociologist;

WHEREAS Dr. Paul Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented sociological research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism;

WHEREAS Dr. Paul Cameron has repeatedly campaigned for the abrogation of the civil rights of lesbians and gay men, substantiating his call on the basis of his distorted interpretation of this research;

WHEREAS the American Sociological Association is on record as opposing oppressive actions against lesbians and gay men and affirming its commitment to their civil rights;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: THAT the Association reaffirms its opposition to efforts to undermine the civil rights of lesbians and gay men through the distortion of sociological concepts and the falsifying of sociological research; and

THAT the Association articulates this opposition by charging the Committee on the Status of Homosexuals in Sociology with the task of critically evaluating and publicly responding to the work of Dr. Paul Cameron.

[Sociology group criticizes work of Paul Cameron. (1985, September 10). Lincoln (NE) Star.] (return to text)

8 The ASA Task Force findings were described in ASA Footnotes (January, 1987, p. 4). The final resolution and the committee report were published in ASA Footnotes (February, 1987, page 14). Available from the American Sociological Association, Committee on the Status of Homosexuals in Sociology, 1722 N Street, NW, Washington DC 20036. (202) 833-3410. (return to text)

9On page 536 of his opinion, Judge Buchmeyer noted the following examples of misrepresentations by Cameron to the Court:

“(i) his sworn statement that “homosexuals are approximately 43 times more apt to commit crimes than is the general population” is a total distortion of the Kinsey data upon which he relies – which, as is obvious to anyone who reads the report, concerns data from a non-representative sample of delinquent homosexuals (and Dr. Cameron compares this group to college and non-college heterosexuals);

(ii) his sworn statement that “homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do heterosexuals” is based upon the same distorted data – and, the Court notes, is directly contrary to other evidence presented at trial besides the testimony of Dr. Simon and Dr. Marmour. (553 F. Supp. 1121 at 1130 n.18.)”

[Baker v. Wade, 106 Federal Rules Decisions 526 (N.D. Texas, 1985).]

Comment posted May 24, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

this is what the GOP allowed on our floor of government

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