Minnesota House speaker asked to appear on controversial preacher’s show a week before condemning him, says preacher
Controversial preacher Bradlee Dean says that House Speaker Kurt Zellers asked to appear on Dean’s radio show, the Sons of Liberty, the week before Dean gave a controversial prayer before the Minnesota House. Dean’s claim stands in stark contrast to Zeller’s words condemning Dean, as well as House leadership’s insistence that they weren’t familiar with Dean. Dean made his statement as part of a media blitz of more than two dozen radio stations where he defended his prayer and blamed “homosexual activists” for the controversy which continues to simmer.
On the Global Freedom Report last week, Dean was flummoxed about why Zellers condemned his prayer. Zellers told members of the House that he “denounced” Dean and that allowing him to pray was a mistake.
“I was actually denounced by Kurt Zellers, the Speaker of the House, and why he denounced me nobody knows. I have no idea,” Dean said. “What I do know he doesn’t know me and the week prior to that he was asking to be on our radio show here in Minneapolis.”
He added, “So we are all kind of taken back. As a matter of fact we have done 21 interviews from coast to coast and every show host has asked me the question, ‘What was the problem?’ And we are still asking the same question.”
Radio host Brent Johnson added, “Go ahead and invite him, after the fact, invite him on your show. Maybe he’ll answer.”
Zellers has not yet responded to the Minnesota Independent’s request for comment on Dean’s claim.
Dean has appeared on a half dozen conservative radio stations to defend himself, the prayer and especially Dean’s remarks about gays and lesbians in the last few weeks.
On HOPE FM 95.9, a Christian station in Forest Lake, Dean said he wasn’t targeting Obama when he said, “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, 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.”
“I never meant to take a shot at Obama,” he said. “I’m not going to play your little political games. If you look at my prayer, in no sense of the word can you derive disrespect anywhere.”
He added, “If you want to split hairs, strain at the gnat and swallow the camel.”
He said it was Obama who said the United States was not a Christian nation.
On the overtly Christian nature of his prayer, Dean said, “We are not a Muslim nation. We are not a Buddhist nation. We are a Christian nation. We have to understand it’s not all of the religions of the world, that this is everybody’s country? No. When you go to Washington, D.C., Moses and the Ten Commandments are everywhere.”
Here’s part one of the interview:
And part two:
On the Joe Pags Show out of Houston, Tex., Dean said he never suggested that Obama wasn’t a Christian. “There was no implication on my part. I wasn’t taking a shot at Obama,” said Dean. “If you listen to the entirety of my prayer, I was unifying.”
He then said that American soldiers did not die for Americans who were not Christians.
“What did our military boys and girls die for? Did they die for other religions? Or did they die to uphold for the Constitution, so help me God? If we have foreign gods come in here, then what’s going to happen is everyone is going to want to implement their law. For example, the Muslims want to implement Shari [sic] law. Why? Because they think they have a right to do it. No, they don’t. Foreign people can come here and they are afforded asylum, but we serve the lord of lords, king of kings. They cannot continuously bring in their gods into our country and expect us to remain who we are as a people. We have to stand. We have to protect who we are as a people.”
Here’s part one of the interview:
Here’s the second half of the interview:
On the Shilling Show in Virginia, Dean told host Rob Schilling that “homosexual communities” were out to get him.
“How did we go from what I said in the prayer to ‘big bad Brad the anti-gay hate-monger,’ as they like to say. It’s not anti-gay. It’s anti-crime and pro-family. And it’s not bigotry, it’s decency,” he said. “My perspective is it’s character assassination by the homosexual communities, no ifs, ands or buts about it.”
He added, “We are turning into hell in this country.”
Here’s the interview:
WCCO’s Chad Hartman was the only interviewer to challenge Dean’s statements about gays and lesbian. He asked about one of Dean’s more incendiary quotes:
“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. 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.”
Dean said he was simply warning LGBT people about Muslims.
“I’m warning the homosexual communities that the Muslims are calling for your execution,” he said. “They took what I said and they turned it up on its head, and they’ve been on attack ever since. I’ve debunked it, I’ve debunked it, and I’ve debunked it.”
Hartman then asked, “Did you also say that ‘gays will molest 117 people before they are found out?‘”
Dean said, “I was referring to pedophiles.”
“It was very clear you were talking about gays,” Hartman shot back. “Did you say that inaccurately? Should you have said pedophiles?”
Dean responded, “What I am saying is what I just told you, and I am referring from Dr. Paul Cameron’s quotes, his statistics.”
He added, “Why is the homosexual communities defensive about it unless it does concern pedophiles?”
Here’s the interview: