Bradlee Dean giving the May 20 invocation in the Minnesota House
Bradlee Dean giving the May 20 invocation in the Minnesota House

Bradlee Dean and Minnesota Family Council share more than marriage amendment success

By Andy Birkey
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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Jeff Wilfahrt
Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 8:21 am

In the physical sciences this is known as “like draws like”, but I realize that under intelligent design this would have no standing.

So let’s resort to the more colloquial “birds of a feather flock together” (pun intended).

Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 8:42 am

So rev dean both takes credit for passage of the bill, yet said after the prayer fiasco that he was unaware a vote was being taken on it. Too bad his birds of a feather didn’t keep him muzzled. All this rev (ordained by whom?) does is lie and brag. rev? Really?

Sally Jo Sorensen
Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 8:54 am

Nice work.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 9:33 am

I smell a conspiracy theory in the making.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 9:35 am

I find it interesting that Bradlee Dean’s church and Tom Prichard are defining what “Normal” sexual behavior is.. It seem as if every single male orgasm should result in a child’s birth.. If this were the case then most of the men I know (including me) would “Run for the Hills” and the human population would be far smaller.. I would surmise that people DON”T have sex for the sole purpose of child birth.. ( have you ever had a Bl*w Job Brad?) People have sex BECAUSE IT FEELS GOOD AND IT”S FUN!!! What ever little fetish or kink that your into is up to you and your partner and it’s none of the worlds business.. I don’t think that Bradlee Deans church should double as the “Sex Police 911″…

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 9:56 am

What these likely share in common is a disdain for a movement and agenda that is twisted.

The homosexual agenda is one based not on reason, but empathy for an imagined plight for equality. This agenda targets our children and seeks to force acceptance on society through legislative means.
An honest homosexual admits this:

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 10:35 am

The homosexual agenda is one based not on reason, but empathy for an imagined plight for equality. Activists target our children and seek to force acceptance on society through legislative means.
Homosexuals admit as much.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 10:35 am

Sorry for the double post. It wasn’t showing up.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

As a Mother who is not Gay who knows many families with gay parents, there is no recruting, there is diapers being changed and worries of if a child will come home on time within curfew from their dates.

I actually do not even know one family out of the dozens of families I know that have gay parents that have a gay child. Not that there isn’t any, It would prove statistically right, anyways, since the homosexual society is a minority compared to the heterosexual society.

Out of the 30+ years that I have known and have had friends that are also gay, I have never once been tried to be “recruited” Not once has there been a gay person who says come on over and try this you might like this lol

But guess what? I have had heterosexuals that have tried to “change” Gay people.

the only recruiting is on the religious extremists. Indoctrination is the root of recruiting!

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 2:06 pm


You’re a true disciple. Even the words activists on your own side won’t change your thinking.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

Dear HG…could you please point me towards the nearest gay recruiting center? I have been looking around for them but wouldn’t you know it I couldn’t find a single one anywhere! Damn it all!

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm


The video you mentioned was a spoof. It’s SEETHING with sarcasm. It doesn’t surprise me at all that you don’t get the joke.

Even Ronald Reagan said the whole “recruiting” thing is a lie. He said, “Homosexuality is not a contagious disease like the measles. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual’s sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child’s teachers do not really influence this.”

And believe me, heterosexuals are creating plenty of gay people on their own. There is no need to “recruit.”

Zera Lee
Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

The religious fanatic lives in a world of his own imagining. The tragedy is when they try to reshape the real world in to that fantasy.

Facts mean nothing to them – they make up their own.

Reason and logic mean nothing to them – faith goes unquestioned and unproven.

This is why religion is incompatible with democracy, and why the separation of church and state is necessary for liberty to survive.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 2:57 pm


What video? You mean the NYC health dept. video? No spoof at all. Nice try.

The recruiting thing is from one of your own. Take it up with him.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

“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…”

That isn’t a conspiracy theory, it’s proof. Funny how many with a myth based value structure deny facts under their nose. Democracy or a religious state, people, that’s the choice.

Praise Jebus, God hates the obvious, Amen.

Jeff Wilfahrt
Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

HG, liquidate all your assets and send the check into these people. They want your business at the MFC… at least until you’re out of cash. As I said earlier, like draws like.

Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

HG, what is so frightening to you about the “other?” Obviously you must have an “other ” for you to feel good about yourself. So, my unsolicited advice is to stop looking in the shadows for those that are out to “get you,” and try to just revel in a peaceful, joyful life. Embrace the “other” and have a glass of wine. Give up the whine.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 5:19 pm


“One of your own”? I have no idea who he is. It’s not “one of my own” any more than Bradlee Dean is “one of your own”….. or is he????

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

Dean and the MFC are a match made in Hell.

Comment posted June 10, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

When is MnIndy going to anoint
HG as the “Official Homosexual Activities Expert” ??

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted June 11, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

Most phobes miss the pointed snark and deliberate misuse of the term “recruit” of the original Queerty article, rather than the subjective pontifications of the hate-group MFC article offered. Stupid sheep.

Comment posted June 11, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

For the people who perhaps ‘doth protest a bit to much’,

Dog Gone
Comment posted June 12, 2011 @ 6:13 am

The right is terrified by the fact that heterosexual people engage in the same normal variations of genital sex as homosexual people, oral or anal. It reinforces their notion that all sex is dirty apparently, which both offends them and gives them a little thrill.

This is not about trying to ‘recruit’ children; you cannot change or turn any child gay, they are gay because they happen to be gay. Most people who later ‘come out’ as gay acknowledge they were aware of that in some way at a very early age about themselves as different from heterosexual children.

That children understand that about themselves, often while they are of school age rather than later, yes for those who are gay it would be very helpful if they learned that was normal sooner or later. Homosexuality is not deviant, and those who oppose the GLBT acceptance would like us to become a religious right wing taliban-like theocracy that governs by their understanding of the Bible. Not the Constitution, and not apparently by the decision of the majority who do not support their position on homosexuality. These would be the same folks who consider masturbation a terrible sin.

And yet, among the political right and the religious right they seem to have just as many sex scandals, including gay sex scandals, as the rest of the political spectrum.

Lets not go backwards into the Victorian age of sexual repression.

Comment posted June 13, 2011 @ 10:06 am

Bradlee Dean and the Minnesota Family Council are both operatives of the Republican Party. Their goal is to elect pliable Republicans to office. I wouldn’t put too much stock in what they claim to “believe.” They believe whatever they think best suits their goal of electing Republicans.

Randi Reitan
Comment posted June 13, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

Andy …. thank you for your excellent reporting. I am grateful for the work you do.

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[...] Bradlee Dean has direct connections to Michele Bachman – she has spoken highly of him and they have performed at her fundraisers.  His association with the Minnesota FOF affiliate positions him to bend the ear of presidential candidates as they travel through Minnesota.  Tim Pawlenty has appeared on his radio show.  Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent documents it all. [...]

Comment posted August 31, 2011 @ 10:36 am

Andy Birkey does not know how to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Because there is no truth in him. Andy Birkey is in trouble.

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