Rabidly Anti-Gay Rocker/Radio Host Sues MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for $50 Million

27 Jul

Bradlee Dean

Anti-Gay, Anti-Muslim bigot, Christianist radio host and Michele Bachmann BFF is really upset that Rachel Maddow quoted him directly and played audio of an anti-gay, anti-muslim diatribe he went on. So he’s suing her for $50 million (but it’s not about the money).

Bradlee Dean, who we’ve discussed here before has some deep ties to Republican and Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Dean, a heavy metal Christianist rocker and preacher for the “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide Ministry,” has decided to sue MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for a segment she did on Dean, his anti-gay rants and his ties to political candidates in his home state of Minnesota. In the segment, she plays a clip from his radio show where he says:

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

“Muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in America…they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination…If America won’t enforce the laws, then God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that. That’s what you’re seeing today in America.”

Maddow followed that clip by reading a disclaimer that had been posted on Dean’s Ministry’s website claiming:

“We have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals.”

Check out Maddow’s report here, where she follows with another clip from Dean’s show where he claims that “on average, [gay people] molest 117 people before they’re found out.”

So as a journalist, Maddow fairly reported the bigot’s response. So why is Bradlee Dean suing?

Here’s the statement from Dean and his anti-gay lawyer, Larry Klayman:

Despite the very clear disclaimer by Bradlee Dean on his ministry’s website and elsewhere regarding the false accusation that he was calling for the execution of homosexuals, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and others seized on and accused Dean on her show of supporting the killing of homosexuals, as is the practice in some radical Islamic countries. This seriously has harmed Dean and the ministry, who pride themselves on respect and love for all people…

The lawsuit is filed by attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, in DC Superior Court and seeks in excess of $50 million in damages. However, money is not the issue. “This case is filed as a matter of principle,” stated Klayman. “We need more Bradlee Deans in the world and hateful left wing television commentators must be made to respect not only his mission but the law,” he added.

Here’s Bradlee Dean’s video calling out Rachel Maddow – please note that he leaves out the part where he referred to the people who executed homosexuals as “more moral” than American Christians.

There’s some excellent reporting over at Mother Jones on this topic. Be sure to check out their whole story.

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18 Responses to “Rabidly Anti-Gay Rocker/Radio Host Sues MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for $50 Million”

  1. Meghan Lynch July 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Bradlee Dean is disgusting. This sort of hate-mongering should be punished. He is suing Rachel Maddow who is an honest, hard-working journalist with integrity and who is just trying to make the world a better place.

  2. natasiarose July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    There’s no way this guy is going to win this case!

  3. Nick July 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    WHAT an idiot this guy is. Can’t even stand hearing his voice in that second video… Gotta love Maddow, though! She’s a class act.

  4. wymzie August 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I am in no way defending this guy, but I must say that Racheal has taken it out of context. The point that was trying to be made is that Christians don’t kill those whom they believe are living in sin. Yet Muslims do.
    The point was being made to say that Christians are tolerant in action, and Muslims are not.
    Muslims are promised a place in ‘Paradise’ if they take the life of an infedel. I have several gay friends that are from muslim countries who left there for this very reason, they would be brutally murdered.
    The GLBT community really needs to get this perspective….Christians are taught to hate the sin, but love the sinner, not kill them.
    For the GLBT community to refuse to recognize this extremely narrow minded. Just because some one is conservative, a christian, and believes that homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean that they are a terrorist or that they hate gay’s they simply disaggree with the life style.
    I may have a unique view on this, but I am a Libertarian that does not believe that the government should have any place in our personal lives and tell us who should wake up with every morning. I am also a Christian that has many many gay friends and relatives, and I don’t feel a need to tell them anything about what my beliefs are, because most were raised in Christian homes and know what Christians believe.
    I cherish my friendships with my friends and would never condemn them for their lifestyle, I just love them and if God wants to make them straight then He certainly doesn’t need my help!
    Yet, if we continue to allow BS like this to divide us, instead of working together to repeal the Patriot Act, and bring our boys and girls back home, and continue to pacify Muslims who are sworn to our destruction, we will one day live in a police state under Shira law and all will be crying for God’s mercy.

    • Red August 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Well, I have a problem with religious beliefs against who I am because it’s unpleasant and it prevents equality legislation. I don’t mean yours since you believe in letting people be, which is cool.

      I want to clarify that I know not all Christians are against gays. My mom doesn’t think that way. I also don’t think all Muslims are aggressively against homosexuality. They’re not generally for it, but not all kill gay people.

    • mollificent August 2, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      Dean: “…but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do…If America won’t enforce the laws, then God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that.” How exactly is she taking that statement out of context? Far from vilifying Muslims for being less tolerant than Christians, it seems pretty obvious to me that he’s praising the Muslims for being willing to enforce their beliefs with violent action. He’s basically saying that God is “raising up” the Muslims to do what Christians are too cowardly to do. (If that were true, I think it would prove God to be a pretty manipulative and cold being. Using the Muslims to do his dirty work and then making them the scapegoat and the bad guy for doing it? Hmmm…)

    • Zach August 2, 2011 at 12:41 am #

      “The point that was trying to be made is that Christians don’t kill those whom they believe are living in sin. Yet Muslims do.
      The point was being made to say that Christians are tolerant in action, and Muslims are not.”

      You’re kinda missing the point. That was not the point that he made.

      “These people seem to be MORE MORAL than even American Christians do.”

      He said in that recording that muslims who execute people for homosexuality are more moral than American Christians because muslims are following the laws in their book LITERALLY. Therefore he’s saying that because they’re lividly strict and abide by their rules, they’re morally in the right?

      “Here’s Bradlee Dean’s video calling out Rachel Maddow – please note that he leaves out the part where he referred to the people who executed homosexuals as “more moral” than American Christians.”

      “Just because some one is conservative, a christian, and believes that homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean that they are a terrorist or that they hate gay’s they simply disaggree with the life style.”

      I honestly hate when people say that sexual orientation is a lifestyle. It makes it seem like a choice or something that you “acquire”. Homosexuality is a SEXUALITY, not a lifestyle. Being a dancer can be a lifestyle, being a rock star can be a lifestyle, but being GAY (intrinsically as a sexuality) is NOT a lifestyle. People who hate homosexuality can disagree with it, just like as I don’t exactly agree with extremely short shorts, but going out of their way to prohibit the rights to be homosexual, or to wear short shorts is just wrong. (IMO)

      (sorry if I sounded intense, I just take this subject extremely personally)

      ~Zach

    • Denise August 2, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      First off- the vast majority of Christians in this country are not homophobic. Just because a small, very vocal group of them are and try to promulgate that as a homogenous viewpoint does not mean most agree with them. It’s sad you think that others believe the way you do.

      Really, you should watch her tape again, if you think she was distorting his words. They were direct quotes, in his voice. And, if you look at other things he’s said and done, it’s completely aligned with his usual spewing of hate. He’s an awful person, using God as a tool to get people to follow his line of across-the-board hate for anyone not exactly like himself. If we don’t call people on that sort of thing it’s almost like a tacit approval, and I most definitely don’t approve of this man’s “lifestyle choices”.

    • Ellie August 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      I grew up in a Catholic home. I had the viewpoint that we should love the sinner but hate the sin shoved down my throat for 13 years of Catholic school. It is a fallacy and excuse for Christians to judge others when the teaching is to not judge at all. Anyone who believes that homosexuals choose to be homosexual is horrifically mistaken. I am a straight woman, and I do not have a memory of specifically choosing to be straight. I know that my sister never woke up one morning and thought, “I want to be a Lesbian.” People made her life terribly difficult and she grew up afraid to share herself with her family. It is not a lifestyle.
      No one is saying conservative christians are all “terrorists.” You came up with that on your own. The story and Maddow’s report both cite examples of the behaviors of a specific sect of people who call themselves Christians but truly prefer to espouse hate and force negative opinions and viewpoints on people who are dumb enough to support their ignorance.
      Furthermore, what any of this has to do with the Patriot Act is completely unclear. I do certainly agree that it needs to be repealed, but your rant here is off point and strange.

    • L. McMillan August 3, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      If you don’t like gay marriage, blame it on the straight people – they are the ones who keep having gay babies. When will you people ever get it through your heads that being gay is not a “lifestyle choice”. God created every single gay person in his own image, according to the bible. Just as there are left handed people and red headed people we have gay people…and thank god we have them. Life is so much more interesting and fun with gay people around.

    • blogattack August 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      I really think the racism and bigotry from everyone should end. Not all Muslims are “sworn to our destruction”, just like not all Christians are loving, wonderful humans. There are white Christians who brutally murder gay folks, just like there are Muslims of Middle Eastern descent, and anyone or everyone else, who can do the same.

      “Just because some one is conservative, a christian, and believes that homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean that they are a terrorist or that they hate gay’s they simply disaggree with the life style.” Just because someone is Muslim and maybe from a different country ALSO doesn’t mean they’re a terrorist OR that they hate gays.

      I think your heart is in the right place with some of these sentiments, most notably having solid relationships with gay folks in your life (I really do mean this). Unfortunately the religious divisiveness in your comment really worries and bothers me. There’s no one recipe for hatred, aside from hatred itself.

  5. nathan h August 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    bradlee dean is a very beautiful woman and all the haters should just leave him alone, ok?

    • Rachel Maddow Lover August 3, 2011 at 3:21 am #

      I thought that was funny at first Nathan h, but then I realized it just insults women to call bradlee dean a woman. he’s gross. and it is really annoying that he would sue someone for playing a recording of him talking. Rachel didn’t really say anything about him. She just let his words speak for themselves, and it was just his own words that condemned him.

  6. Joyce Rule August 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Wymzie…Actually, only radical Muslims do the killing. Most main stream Muslims simply want to live their lives in peace. One of them who roomed with us said the directive “to kill the infidel” referred to the non-believer in one’s own heart.

    • Carmen Tourney October 7, 2012 at 4:58 am #

      Joyce – I watched the movie old (1993 I think) movie “Not Without My Daughter” that starred Sally Field and Alfred Molina in it’s entirety on YouTube after I stumbled across it. In the movie Molina’s character (Field’s Muslim husband) tells her he wants to “visit” his home country of Iran with her and their young daughter. She is understandably leery and he tries (successfully) to talk her into it by “swearing on the Koran”. Of course, it turns out he was lying through his teeth. In the comments section of the YouTube poster of said video a commenter made a point (referring indirectly to that scene) that there is a Muslim word (I don’t remember what it was) for lying to a non-Muslim which seemingly is considered to be no big deal at best and at worst something to take pride in. I would like to believe your former roommate but I would not be too sure.

      • Carmen Tourney October 7, 2012 at 5:04 am #

        Further to my comment I neglected to write that what the husband character was “swearing on the Koran” about was that it would be a vacation only and not anything more like he really planned which was to move there permanently.

  7. GraF August 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    An equal fight between two nobodies. The public should sue them both for subjecting us to their existence.

  8. hvmorris23 August 7, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I sort’ve wish there were more gay or lesbian people in the world, then they could look after the many many orphaned children that are given up because straight couples don’t want them. I seriously don’t mind if I can’t have my own kids, despite being straight, because the population has jumped 3 billion in the last 40 years alone and could do with looking after those in need. A bit off topic, but just what this article made me think of.

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