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Tim Pawlenty: The bully who would be King

"I try not to say that God is on my side, but I strive to be on God's side." - Tim Pawlenty This is the tale of a bully who ruined Minnesota and tried to destroy me. Now, he stands ready to be named as Vice President running mate for the Republican candidate for President of the United States. I was Chaplain for less than two months at the Minnesota Department of Corrections Facility at Shakopee when one of Pawlenty's men told me to shut up. It happened during new employee training.  I asked one-too-many questions about a new program coming to the Shakopee women's facility; the InnerChange Freedom Initiative.  InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) is a faith-based prison ministry founded by Chuck Colson. If the name rings a bell (or, sets off an alarm) it is because Chuck Colson is a convicted felon; a Watergate conspirator who spent time in federal prison.  (See below for a brief overview of Colson's criminal history.) Abusing Christianity, a

For your information - A brief of history Bradlee Dean and the Minnesota Republicans

On Friday, Bradlee Dean, a bigoted, anti-semetic self-proclaimed evangelist, was invited by Rep. Ernie Leidiger, a Republican from Mayer, Minn., to start Friday morning's session with a prayer at the Minnesota House. By now, everyone in Minnesota knows what happened next. Dean's inflammatory, bigoted and outlandish hate speech galvanized the room. For the first time during the contentious and bipartisan divided session, the Democrats and Republicans agreed; Dean is an abomination. Some of us in the heartland have known this for a decade. Invited into our public schools to teach our children, Bradlee Dean's "ministry" has been scooping up our tax dollars for years, "educating" our children in everything from "the constitution" to "abstinence" and "drug abuse prevention;" using his connections to the Republican party to open doors and state coffers. Now that Dean's antics are in the sunshine, the Republican law maker

Bradlee Dean is back! And this time he's offending his funders!

On Friday morning, Bradlee Dean, passing himself off as a member of the professional clergy - led the prayer to open the Minnesota State Legislature with these words: " 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." He brought down the House. Literally. As the religious Republicans rushed to apologize and distance themselves from Dean - I remembered when I first heard of him, and his band - "Junkyard Dog." It was long ago and far away - in Northfield, Minnesota, in fact. In those days I believed in the good intentions of drug-abuse prevention programs in the public schools. No longer, thanks to Bradlee Dean. It all happened in April