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Christian Metal Rocker and Bachmann Ally Bradlee Dean Suing Rachel Maddow for $50 Million Over Remarks About Gays, Muslims


Bradlee Dean, a Christian Metal Rocker who runs You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Ministry, has announced that he is suing Rachel Maddow for $50 million (however, "money is not the issue" according to a press release from his attorney) for false accusations and defamation over remarks about homosexuals and Sharia Law which he says were misrepresented by Maddow.

Dean2 You may recall the segment in which Maddow aired the bit about Dean - it was about then candidate for Governor Tom Emmer and the Target boycott, and Emmer's donations to Dean's ministry.

Watch the segment of Maddow's show in which she discusses Dean (it starts at about 1:39), and Dean's response to the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Dean's attorney in the press release:

In the course of his ministry, Dean once made a statement on radio criticizing his fellow Christians for not taking a stronger stand about the gay rights lobby promoting homosexuality in the schools. He made a strong reference to Muslims taking the issue more seriously in the context of Shariah law, but did not condone their practices. It was Bradlee's intent to focus attention on the issue, not to advocate harm to anyone.
Despite the very clear disclaimer by Bradlee Dean on his ministries 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.

Maddowdean Maddow actually did read Dean's disclaimer on the air following her segment. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

The other part of the press release explains that Dean is taking this action because he is a Michele Bachmann ally and Maddow and the left wing are out to bring her down:

In an interview earlier this year, MSNBC's president Phil Griffin admitted that the network, to boost its ratings, caters to the so-called "progressive left". This explains the malicious attacks on Bradlee Dean and his ministry, which are being used to harm the presidential campaign of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is a conservative Christian.
In the past, Dean and his ministry have been complemented by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (who prayed for the ministry) for their work in promoting values for the nation's youth. The left wing media's effort to defame Dean is an obvious way to try to harm Bachmann's presidential prospects, who they fear and despise. Other left wing media outlets have followed MSNBC and Maddow in their slanderous efforts. This suit may just be the first in a series of cases meant to protect the fine reputation of Dean and his ministry.

Finally, the press release says: "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.

Dean and his attorney are holding a press conference tomorrow at 11 am in NYC, where they will speak.

Watch the segment of Maddow's show in which she discusses Dean (it starts at about 1:39), AFTER THE JUMP...

(thanks to Dave Evans for the clips!)

Dean's response to Maddow's segment, from back in October:

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  1. Litigation terrorism, that's what this lawsuit amounts to...

    Posted by: Nathan James | Jul 27, 2011 8:44:33 AM

  2. I think his (pretend/manufactured) astonishment at all the 'uppity MN gays!' is hilarious. He acts it as if there is an unbelievably confusing, meandering path of why many glbt are opposing him, Emmer, and Target : well let me tell you, it's not confusing AT ALL.

    Michele Bachmann and her anti-gay allies have been trying to ban same-sex marriage in our state for years. Now, in a few months, we will vote as to if we want to write 'straight relationships are superior to gay relationships socially and legally' in our state constitution.

    Why is it so shocking and unbelievable that the gay community would not want an anti-gay governor running our state? Why is it so shocking that we would dislike one of MN's largest companies supporting him financially? Why is it so shocking we would dislike groups that constantly speak about us as 'sinners who must be saved'?

    Here's the answer : it's not shocking at all, it's completely logical as our community has been under attack from multiple extremist, right-wing voices for years. And also, for the sake of the Midwest's cultural future, I very much hope they do not win. Minnesota should have beat Iowa to legalizing gay marriage, not gone in the opposite direction, and for that, I am disappointed in our state.

    Posted by: HOCKEYJOCK | Jul 27, 2011 8:53:20 AM

  3. THE POWER OF BACHMANN'S PRAYER - Bradlee Dean, the vitriolic, rap-metal drumming preacher linked to presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, may have yet to see the Rapture, but he has seen his fortunes -- and the fortunes of his ministry rise -- since the congresswoman took an interest in him. Bachmann had famously prayed for Dean’s organization to grow ten-fold. So HuffPost Hill assigned investigative reporter Jason Cherkis to check it out. He reports back that in 2008, tax records show Dean earned a mere $27,433 as president and director of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Inc., a nonprofit tax exempt ministry based in Bachmann's suburban Minnesota district. In 2009, Dean's salary ballooned to $51,303 plus an additional $45,887 in a housing allowance. Dean refused to comment about the tax records. When asked on their tax records if they ever engaged in "direct or indirect political campaign activities on behalf of or in opposition to" any candidates running for public office, Dean and Co. checked "No." - Huffington Post

    Posted by: Oliver | Jul 27, 2011 9:26:04 AM

  4. I thought at one point true Christians thought rock was the devil's music.

    Posted by: Dale | Jul 27, 2011 10:17:57 AM

  5. Aren't these the same people who are always pushing for Tort reform in hopes of getting rid of frivilous lawsuits? Doesn't this qualify as frivilous?

    Oh I forget. It's only frivilous when they are the ones being sued.

    Never mind.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Jul 27, 2011 10:27:30 AM

  6. I do believe Bradley Dean is about to learn the meaning of the Streisand Effect. It could have been so much worse. Dan Savage could have santorumed his name.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jul 27, 2011 10:38:16 AM

  7. He needs to sleep with Kid Rock and Alice Cooper (both right-wing nuts) and formulate a better plan of attack.....

    Posted by: TonyJ | Jul 27, 2011 12:22:10 PM

  8. This will not survive a motion to dismiss. Free speech and all that.

    Posted by: Charley | Jul 27, 2011 12:47:54 PM

  9. From Dean's website:

    Bradlee Dean is also drummer for the second-best unsigned band in the nation called JUNKYARD PROPHET, whose music videos have reached 111 million households four times over internationally and debuted on JCTV as 3rd in the United States.

    Wow. Second-best unsigned band in the nation. Now THAT'S saying something!

    Posted by: Verdon Coleman | Jul 27, 2011 1:29:22 PM

  10. Wow, thanks FUNME: his lawyer's barely a lawyer. Does anyone know why this was filed in DC court? Or am I reading that incorrectly? Either it's where the act occurred (NYC? where does she film? or is that WDC?) or the plaintiff's home (MN). Sorry to be more confused than this guy.

    Posted by: chevytexas | Jul 27, 2011 1:33:20 PM

  11. Forum shopping is the newest thing.

    Posted by: Verdon Coleman | Jul 27, 2011 4:15:09 PM

  12. This idiot needs to be taught a lesson. Rachel's info is always correct, rarely misconscrewed, but always poiniant!

    Posted by: mick n michigan | Jul 28, 2011 3:39:55 AM

  13. As a "Christian" shouldn't he just "pray" for Maddow? Surely the wrath of god is more punishing than a mere lawsuit....or maybe his god can show her the light and she'll repent? Oh wait...I forgot his god is imaginary.

    Posted by: Gary | Jul 28, 2011 8:29:47 AM

  14. I'm not American nor a lawyer so I don't know much about American Law but I'm wondering if Rachel [& other homosexuals grouping together] could counter sue Dean for misrepresentation of homosexuality, since he said '...on average they [homosexuals] molest 117 people before they're found out.' As a homosexual I find that to be misleading, preposterous & defamatory statement that he orally defecates as accurate information about homosexuals - I'd like to know if I [or others] in return could sue the "skins" of his bones!

    Posted by: Canalien | Jul 28, 2011 6:09:56 PM

  15. Why not send Rachel away with her buddy Keith? I'm sick of their right wing bashing. Find some real news to report!!!

    Posted by: Tish | Jul 29, 2011 2:50:18 PM

  16. This guy is filled with hate and is using religion as an excuse to vent. We are all what God made us, and if he hates gays and other people who don't conform to his idealogy, then he is also hating God's children. The bible doesn't say " Love thy neighbor, but only if they are white, heterosexual and christian'. This guy is scary. I wouldn't want him lecturing in my kid's school. They take prayer out of school but they let someone like this freak influence kids? I hope people see him for what he is. Maybe he isn't threatened so much by gays, but maybe his own sexuality, hmmm.

    Posted by: SzWtt | Jul 29, 2011 3:30:18 PM

  17. "complemented v. complimented"
    In the past, Dean and his ministry have been complemented by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (who prayed for the ministry) for their work in promoting values for
    To quote "The Princess Bride" ...complemented (above) doesn't mean what they think it means...or maybe it does.
    Read more:

    Posted by: Irish Dave | Jul 30, 2011 3:36:45 PM

  18. And Bill O'Reilly thinks that the constant referencing of Dr. Tiller as "Tiller the baby Killer" had nothing to do with inciting his murder. These people are not only vile and evil, but they are stupid as well. "I love the gays - but we Christians might get even MORE moral than we are and have to start killing them" What an idiot.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 1, 2011 8:24:48 PM

  19. So, if he had said "My fellow Christians are not taking a stronger stand about the Negro lobby promoting integration in the schools; well, the Klan took the issue more seriously" No one would have ever guessed what he was saying? This is ludicrous.

    Posted by: polylsloguyjames | Aug 2, 2011 10:19:34 PM

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