Bradlee Dean (whose real name is Bradlee Dean Smith), the controversial pastor who runs a "ministry" called "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International," is suing MSNBC talk host Rachel Maddow and a Twin Cities writer for defamation.
You may recall Dean/Smith from his May appearance at the Minnesota House of Representatives, when he gave a controversial prayer before a session in which a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was to be debated.
Dean is suing Maddow because he says she disparaged his name and appearance in an August 2010 broadcast:
According to a statement posted on his website:
The $50 million suit, announced at a news conference in Manhattan, claims MSNBC and Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent, took his comments out of context 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 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.
In a May 2010 column, the Minnesota Independent's Birkey quoted Dean's (Smith's) statements on his radio show:
Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America," Dean said on YCR's May 15 radio show on AM 1280 the Patriot. "This just shows you 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, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that," Dean continued. "That is what you are seeing in America."
"The bottom line is this... they [homosexuals] play the victim when they are, in fact, the predator," Dean said, before going on to make a claim that has no basis in fact: "On average, they molest 117 people before they're found out. How many kids have been destroyed, how many adults have been destroyed because of crimes against nature?"
Dean (Smith) has been no shrinking violet on the issue. He posted a YouTube video responding to Rachel Maddow's August 2010 show, which is now the target of his suit.
The pastor says the targets of his lawsuit are using his comments to hurt the presidential aspirations of Michele Bachmann, the complaint said:
Gee, who is the bigger media wh...hound? Can't we just find an island where we send Dean, Limbaugh, Maddow, Beck, Olberman, Jerry Springer, Geraldo, the Kardashians and all the rest of these idiots to just have their own private self aggrandizement party and leave the rest of us to solve the problems in peace?
Or maybe this already has happened and the island is the US...Canada sounds better every day.
These types of frivolous law suits arguing speech issues come along with regular frequency, but regardless of any "win" at a lower court, the Supreme Court requires a very high burden of proof to prevail. See Flynnt v. Falwell, or last terms Phelps v. Snyder for instance.
He got his feelings hurt, what a shame, but as a public person he has a much higher threshold before the Court will be persuaded there might be injury.
This guy's been watching too much Wayne's World and mimicking that speech style.
Maybe gay people should start a class action defamation suit against Bradlee Dean and his so called "ministry" for all he has said through the years in his web page, Facebook page, radio show and personal appearances. He seems just like the typical schoolyard bully who cries "No fair" when somebody dares to stand up to him and hit him back. People like him sure can dish it out but they can't take it,
This guy is nothing short of a bigot hiding behind religion. It is shameful he was allowed in our state capital to give a prayer. Where is the separation of church & state anyway??
// "...he has a much higher threshold before the Court will be persuaded there might be injury." //
You never know with the current makeup of the Supreme court. They're the ones who say that corporations are people, you know, and have taken the right-wing course at almost every turn, including (still unbelievably) giving the 2000 election to Dubya.
I wouldn't be surprised if Dean/Smith KNOWS his lawsuit is frivolous, but just wants to annoy the defendants with court appearances and legal fees. That's what right-wingers DO.
Bradlee Dean Smith shows up in a sweat suit, with a ponytail, does not use his full name, and talks like Wayne's World alumni and he claims "defamation"? What's wrong with this picture?
another right-winger clogging the courts with his acitivist agenda. .... lets bill his congregation when this is done.
I agree with Joe; this guy is absolutely a biggot hiding behind religion.
I only got about halfway through the last video - I just could not stand listening to the crap that was spewing from his mouth any longer.
I think the lawsuit is frivolous, and as far as I am concerned, he doesn't need any help 'defaming his character', he does a fine job of that all by himself. Disgusting.
I also found the first video of his appearance at the House of Reps interesting. I remember hearing about the incident, but had never taken the time to listen to his prayer. I remember thinking back then that those who complained about it were probably being too sensitive. After watching it, however, I do NOT feel they were. Mostly since at the end, he acted like (and obviously believed that) since he mentioned every Christian denomonation, that his prayer was all inclusive, and he absolutely excluded and failed to recognize any religion that does not worship Jesus Christ. I would have taken offense as well.
Bradlee Dean is a homophobic bigot.
Nothing he says should ever be listened to, much less broadcast over the air. The "Patriot" radio station, like all right wing stations, panders to hate, fosters disharmony and STRIVES to divide us as a people.
You wonder about the wrath of God? May it stride Bradlee Dean. Where's the love Bradlee?
Your message is about as unchristian as one can imagine. Let's see...did Jesus, your wonderful Lord and Savior go with the rich and powerful (broadcasters) or let's see....the poor, the downtrodden and the weak.
You, Dean sicken me.
Michele Bachman spoke publicaly regarding school bullying,stating there is always going to be bullys.A young girl committed suicide because the laws in her state restrict teachers to intervene in bullying activities,pointing to gay and lesbian children as being the reason they cannot intervene. I think the law is in Minnesota. The young girl's mother states she wished she would have never changed districts because she feels here daughter would still be alive. This young girl shot herself with a shotgun due to school bullying. Michele Bachman's comments when interviewed where cold, uncaring, judgemental, and she completely seemed to "DETACH" herself from the person,the young girl. Kids are committing suicide due to bullying in record numbers.The teachers of Minnesota have been silenced by the "threat" of losing thier jobs should they intervene. These are children,Michele Bachman, your cold response to the problems of suicide rates amoung young adults made me want to vomit. What the hell is wrong with you. We should be concerned about teen suicide, and having refuge for these children who are being bullied. Cyber bullying is at an alltime high,and from personal experience as being a former "bullied teen" I am now 42, my reasons had nothing to do with being lesbian, gay, short, tall, my views on liberal or conservative views, I was 15 years old,and there was no where for me to turn, Thankfully I lived and have had a blessed life. My heart goes out to this young girl's mother, and I want her to know, it is not her fault. Our society needs to deal with this issue, young people are killing themselves due to bullying. Michele Bachman, try again you "Christian woman", maybe review the part of the bible that I am sure is the same as mine,a life is a gift from God,a sacred gift, not to be judged, loathed, you do not,unless you are a false God,decides who is going to heaven and who is not, not you, you are not God, and if we follow your views, would we not be following the beliefs of a false God (you). How dare you minimalize the worth of a human life. Who did our God help, the poor, the sick, the people I am sure you would consider "unworthy", like prostitutes, people with leprosy. Last time I checked, there was nowhere in the bible that has a 1-800-CALLGod number. Maybe you should wait to judge until you are judged by God. As a hospice nurse for many years, I am sure you may not have approved of many of the patients my coworkers and I cared for,our job was not to judge,but to care for,comfort,and support our patients. What would you say to a hospice patient who may have had a lifestyle you did not agree with? Put your thinking cap on, and think before you speak. I am pretty sure the only presidency you may be running for is schoolboard, you do not posess the kindness,knowledge,consideration, and many other traits that the President of the United States must possess. I am so disappointed that someone who claims to be a Christian has views that are certainly not Christian.
I'm glad to see him spending his money this way. It makes him look more stupid and at the same time poorer.