It's embarrassing. Not only do we have Michele Bachmann, but the last election swept in a gang of know-nothing Rethuglican scum who've been trying to turn our state into Texas. Now they've invited the notorious evangelical crank Bradlee Dean to give an opening prayer. Dean, for those who don't know of him, is a kind of Vox Day impersonator—he's a raving homophobe with a parasitic ministry that targets public school. He puts on school assemblies that are nominally about fighting drugs and promiscuity, but are actually come-to-Jesus sessions. We see his vans tooling about on the highways now and then: "you can run but you can't hide", they proclaim.
Dean delivered his prayer, and it was a doozy.
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.
It was so offensive that one of the legislators vowed to never let him give a prayer in chambers ever again. How about going one step further and excluding all prayers from the legislature?