Bradlee Dean's "prayer" not first at Capitol to exclude Jews
As offensive and creepy as Bradlee Dean's "prayer" was today at the state Capitol for other reasons, it's also not the first time that Jews have found themselves not welcomed by a Christian preacher offering an opening prayer to a legislative session.
And Dean barged his way into that controversy as well.
The controversy erupted back in March, when the Rev. Dennis Campbell told members of the state Senate they owed their fealty to Jesus -- which is a problem if you're Jewish, like Sen. Terri Bonoff, Democrat of Minnetonka. So she and others complained.
How dare she.
In response, we heard a loony claim from GOP Sen. David Brown about "intolerance for the name of Jesus on the Senate floor." But the real bigotry came later from Dean and Campbell on the radio, captured by the Minnesota Independent.
"Maybe what we need to do is get her name eradicated," Dean said. "She's looking to get rid of who we are as a people. Well, then, why don't we help her possibly leave?"
Bonoff's simple request for some religious tolerance was also met by a barrage of hate on her Facebook page.
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