Anti-Gay Heavy Metal Preacher Suing Rachel Maddow For $50 Million
Bradlee Dean, president of the "You Can Run But You Can't Hide" Christian ministry, who describes himself as a "heavy metal preacher" and "a renowned hard metal rocker who came to Christ after suffering a hard life as a young boy," is suing political commentator Rachel Maddow for $50 million. Dean is a member of the band Junkyard Prophets, which is the official band of the ministry.
According to the complaint from Dean, which can be read here, he is suing Maddow for defamation when she quoted Dean's views on homosexuality, Christianity, and Islamic Sharia law, which was taken from a radio show Dean took part in.
The complaint alleges Maddow and other news stations are attempting to discredit him in order to harm the presidential campaign of Michelle Bachmann, stating "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."
The quote in question from Dean is as follows, and the television segment in which Maddow discussed the issue can be viewed below (the section about Dean starts at 1:40):
"Muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in America. They themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible, the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than 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."
A statement from Dean regarding his remarks and the news commentators that have reported on it can be found here.
You can also check out Bradlee Dean's website for his film "My War: The Testimony of Bradlee Dean" by heading over to this location.
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