Here's a recent article regarding Dean's political connections:
Bachmann credits religious right group for her conservative ascent
By Andy Birkey 11/30/09 1:04 PM
In a profile in its December issue, the Christian Examiner credits religious right leader Beverly LaHaye, the founder of Concerned Women for America, for Rep. Michele Bachmann's rise in the conservative movement.
LaHaye's organization fights against civil rights for gays and lesbians, supports a ban on all abortions, and says politicians who don't use the Christian Bible in policy-making shouldn't be elected.
"Yes, religion and politics do mix," LaHaye once said. "America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the Bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office."
LaHaye says she sees Bachmann as the embodiment of her movement's principals, and Bachmann in turn told the Examiner that she comes to LaHaye for skills-building and guidance:
In 2000 she was elected to the Minnesota state senate until six years later when voters sent her on to Washington as a U.S. Congresswoman. Bachmann said she found LaHaye to be an authoritative and credible voice to listen to, primarily because of LaHaye's commitment to research, skills she is finding useful as she now represents her own constituents.
"She (LaHaye) doesn't see herself as extraordinary, but we see her as an extraordinary woman of God who has completely abandoned herself to the will of God," the congresswoman said. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to be her friend and to have benefited from the sacrifices she made early on in this effort. And she did sacrifice by holding on to what works, what matters and what's right for our society."
Bachmann has echoed LaHaye's beliefs that there is no such thing as a separation of church and state, most recently at a fundraising dinner for controversial ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International.
The Examiner also posted a full interview with Bachmann on her faith and the controversy that often surrounds her.
--- In Maury_and_Baty@yahoogroups.com, Robert Baty <rlbaty@...> wrote:
> There are any number of stories that would make good case studies for the FFRF IRC 107 suit.
> I've just been made aware of yet another one.
> It seems a musician by the name of Bradlee Dean, who has a band called Junkyard Prophet and a number of organizations under the label of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide (YCRBYCH) has been causing quite a stir in some circles.
> I've been advised that one of his organization's Form 990 reflects that Bradlee and his band members are all "ministers" and claim the benefits of IRC 107.
> Typically, the band goes around putting on programs at schools and have been known to cause quite a stir; seems they have some weird notions about stuff in addition to claiming they are on a mission from God.
> The story even involves some political figures who have been associated with Dean and his antics.
> Someone on this list can maybe offer some further insight into Bradlee Dean, reformed drug addict, and his "ministry"??
> I was unable to actually find any references to what church he may be "affiliated" with and what kind of "ordination" he and his band members actually claim to have.
> Robert Baty