Bradlee Dean and Minnesota Family Council share more than marriage amendment success
Friday, June 10, 2011 at 8:06 am
The Minnesota Family Council, the prime mover behind an anti–gay marriage amendment to be listed on the 2012 ballot, has a history of involvement with Bradlee Dean, the controversial head of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministries. Both groups have claimed credit for getting the amendment passed through the Minnesota Legislature.
Dean’s controversial prayer before the Minnesota House that seemingly slammed President Obama and his strong statements about gays and lesbians have garnered the minister notoriety in Minnesota. And Dean’s relationship with the Family Council has brought his ministry in contact with rumored presidential hopefuls such as Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee.
Dean told HOPE 95.9 FM that it was marriage amendment backers who stopped him from giving a press conference about a controversial prayer he gave at the opening of the Minnesota House.
“I get down to the Capitol, had about three legislators and a couple of other people say,’Please don’t do this, please don’t do this,’” he said. “What I did was I honored the requests of those who had been working hard for the last eight years to get the bill through. So I stood down.”
One of those marriage amendment proponents was Tom Prichard. At the height of the fracas over Dean’s prayer, someone at the Capitol snapped this photo (Prichard is second from right; Dean is at left).
The head of the Minnesota Family Council, Prichard appeared on Dean’s radio program back when it was on KKMS and was called “the School of Hard Knocks Roxx.”
Another member of the Family Council, Barb Anderson, who works as an education researcher for the group, has appeared twice on Dean’s radio show.
In March 2010, Anderson said that sexual health education in public schools “normalizes homosexuality and other deviant behaviors,” that homosexuality “is just a death sentence” and that “homosexual activists” want “gay sex sodomy taught as normal behavior.”
In October 2009, Anderson spoke about Safe Schools programs that work to decrease bullying and harassment of LGBT students. She characterized the trainings as “nothing more than a smokescreen for getting acceptance and normalization of homosexuality in the schools.”
Dean’s ministry has also rubbed elbows with rumored presidential candidates at Minnesota Family Council fundraising events. In May 2010, the group attended and tabled an event with Mike Huckabee. Just days before Dean gave his prayer before the Minnesota House, his ministry attended a Minnesota Family Council event featuring Newt Gingrich and Rep. Bachmann.
The group sent out an email announcing their participation: “We are delighted to inform you that the Sons of Liberty and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Intl. Ministry will be participating at the Minnesota Family Council & Institute’s 2011 Annual Dinner with Speaker Newt Gingrich and Special Guest Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.”
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