Rep. Ernie Leidiger outed for inviting Bradlee Dean to lead House prayer

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GOP Rep. Ernie Leidiger, Bradlee Dean's host.
He hasn't stepped forward on his own, but MPR is reporting that Republican Rep. Ernie Leiiger, of Mayer, was the lawmaker who invited homophobic preacher Bradlee Dean to give the House prayer this morning.

Leidiger represents District 34a, which includes the far western Minneapolis exurbs including Watrertown, Victoria, Waconia, Norwood Young America. Married with three children, this is his first term in the House.

WATCH: Bradlee Dean's bizarre prayer [VIDEO]

Speaker Kurt Zellers has already taken to the House floor to apologize to legislators for the bizarre prayer that excluded Jews and accused President Obama of not being Christian.

The timing of Dean's appearance couldn't be worse for Republicans trying to pass a proposed state constitutional ballot question seeking to ban gay marriage -- the House has been in an uproar all morning over Dean's words.

GOP Rep. Steve Gottwalt, who a lead sponsor of the proposed amendment, told Politics in Minnesota a little while ago that Dean's invitation "was atrocious."

"I cannot believe it," he told PIM. "Nobody checked this guy out."

DFL Rep. Karen Clark said that in her 30 years as a lawmaker, she has never seen "such a hateful person be allowed to deliver the opening prayer." (HT: MinnIndy)

Bradlee Dean has a documented record of hate speech, and has suggested that extremists who call for the execution of American gays are morally justified. The decision by GOP leadership to allow his intolerance, fear and outright bigotry into the 'people's house' is reprehensible.

We're still waiting to hear an explanation from Leidiger.

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10 comments
MichaelLahr
MichaelLahr

What exactly is so bizarre or hateful about what he said? Of course its hateful if it disagrees with homosexuals, but to normal people, what is so hateful about it? Want proof liberals are lunatics? If this preacher had been Muslim calling for the deaths of all homosexuals youd not hear a word of complaint. No, the left embraces the savages, its only 21st century people the left has a problem with....and their children.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

"Bradlee Dean has a documented record of hate speech"...WOW, that's brazen. So anyone who disagrees with the radical left is guilty of "hate speech".

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I don't see what the big deal is about inviting such a hateful person.   He only hates gay people.   When will you liberals give us a break and realize that part of being a Republican is that you really really really hate gay people.    It has to be acceptable to be openly hostile to gay people.    If Republicans aren't allowed to be openly hateful about one group of people we will explode.   Just be happy we suppress our hatred of blacks and other minorities so well.   Obviously every Republican is a huge racist but we don't call Obama the n word or anything.  We just question where he was born and why he invites black people to the White House.   Bradlee Dean is pretty much the KKK for gay people but its not like we invited an actual KKK member or something.   After all we are Christians and therefore better morally than you godless liberals.   Can't you feel Christ's love in Mr. Dean's words?  

Papa Chango
Papa Chango

Can we get a transcript of the "prayer"?  

Ed Whitson
Ed Whitson

Joe -- would you invite Mr. Dean over to your house for dinner with the wife and kids?

C. Becker
C. Becker

First Prayer Transcript Minnesota House of Representatives May 20, 2011 Bradlee Dean

When I arrived at the Capitol today I noticed all the writings upon the inside of the walls. On the Supreme Court Chambers you have Moses awaiting the Ten Commandments, God’s divine law. You have George Washington quotes, Thomas Jefferson quotes speaking of unalienable rights given unto us by our creator. And when I looked at that I thought what an awesome building and those in this chamber are very privileged to be here and I’m honored to be here as well.And if I can give a small preface to my prayer so my prayer has meaning. I remember when I was a young man. I had a friend who founded a company in Fridley, Minnesota. This man built this company from the ground up as he blueprinted everything in great detail. He put his sweat, tears, everything into it until he established a great company. Nobody understood what sacrifice he put into his company except those that helped him along. The company grew in such a proportion that he could now sell the company and he did. On the sale of his company the buyers agreed to keep him on to run the company for them and in the process the company sold. And when it was sold the buyers went against the contract and fired the founder. How foolish could they be? They thought once they had control of the company they could run it their own way and still prosper. And they failed miserably. And it sounds much like America today. America has the longest standing Constitution in the history of the world. And might I remind everyone here that we have one Constitution so let us come together and unite ourselves under its directives. Because we all know the problems didn’t come into our country in 1776, they came when we wandered from the founder of the company and tried running it our own way.So let us pray.Father God I just thank you Father for what you have bestowed upon us and through the sacrifice of our brothers and our sisters. Father God to ratify the Constitution of the United State. Father God, the fight, the bloodshed, and the sacrifice. From World War One to World War Two to Korea, Father. To Korea and Iwo Jima and Vietnam. And Father God, Iraq and Afghanistan. And I think about their sacrifice when I go, Father God, to Arlington Cemetery and I think that’s the reason I that fight. That’s the reason that I stand, that I encourage my brothers to do the same thing. They died so we could have the freedoms that we have today. And they ratified that Constitution and sacrificed their all for it. And I end with this. I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and 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 but rather 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.

Guest
Guest

Isn't the link to the video better than a transcript??

Kristen A
Kristen A

A transcript can be better in more than a few situations; most notably when the computer user is in a place where audio would be inappropriate. Also, most people read much faster than the average person speaks. So, videos take a lot longer to watch than just reading a transcript.

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