Bradlee Dean. Photo: Facebook
Bradlee Dean. Photo: Facebook

Heavy metal minister Bradlee Dean sues Rachel Maddow, Minnesota Independent

By Todd A. Heywood
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Controversial pastor and rock musician Bradlee Dean filed suit Wednesday in federal court alleging he was defamed by reporting from the Minnesota Independent as well as MSNBC star Rachel Maddow and her show.

Dean, of the ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCR), claims that reporting on his May 15, 2010, radio show “maliciously set out to and did harm not only the Plaintiffs but by extension also the presidential campaign of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.”

In the article, Minnesota Independent ran a video with the audio of Dean’s statements, as well as a transcription.

“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?”

On June 4, 2010, the Minnesota Independent published a follow-up article to the one referenced above, in which Dean said he does not support executing homosexuals. Dean specified that he may not have been clear, then continued:

For example, we have specifically rejected, as all Christians do, the Islamic doctrine, and actual practice, of executing homosexuals. But some have claimed, in effect, that by merely mentioning the execution of homosexuals (as a criminal practice of Islam), on our radio broadcast, we have suggested it for consideration. Obviously this is absurd. The whole point was to contrast the Islamic position with the Christian position. This may not have been as clear as we would have otherwise planned it to be. Live radio is not scripted. But everyone who knows us knows that this is our position because we have stated it consistently for years – long before we ever discussed the topic on the radio. There are board members, and other supporters who can vouch for this. We have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals. This is a complete misinterpretation by design.

The lawsuit further contends that Rachel Maddow, MSNBC and NBC “disparaged” Dean in Maddow’s segment on the reporting from the Minnesota Independent, alleging that Maddow, too, had an agenda in covering Dean.

The American Independent News Network released the following statement in regards to the Dean press conference in New York City Wednesday morning:

The allegations by Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCR) are completely without merit. The American Independent News Network stands firmly behind our news site, The Minnesota Independent; our reporter, Andy Birkey; as well as their reporting on Dean and his ministry. The complaint describes Birkey as taking “a ‘special interest’ in Plaintiffs Dean and YCR because he is a secularist and/or atheist and gay activist with a politically left ideology who despises people of faith.” However, in giving Birkey and The Minnesota Independent first prize for Best Continuing Coverage of their reporting on YCR, the 2010 judges for the Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist’s Page One Awards stated, “the reporter [Birkey] takes a deep-dive with an even-handed approach into a weighty subject sure to provoke controversy from various standpoints. Leads readers to think about serious public policy and constitutional issues.”

We are confident that the courts will agree that this lawsuit is completely frivolous and is a blatant attempt to chill freedom of the press.

MSNBC’s statement regarding the lawsuit:

This suit is baseless and we stand by our reporting.




Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

This will get tossed and Dean will probably be on the hook for MSNBC’s and AINN’s legal costs.

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

Bradlee Dean is a public figure and therefore has no right to a libel action. The lawyer that filed the lawsuit needs to re-take a constitutional law course, since he or she obviously don’t understand this basic legal principle. This is just a shoddy way to get cheap publicity for the idiotic ideas of YCR and Michele Bachmann.

Ronald Dixon
Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

This is absolutely pathetic! If someone who is well known within a segment of our society is controversial, and if the media reports on it, then the controversial, famous person does not have the right to sue the media. Libel nor slander do not apply to people like him.

Jeff Wilfahrt
Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

With all that god on his side how could Dean possibly lose? Pray for the pay and pray away the gay.

You’d think Zeller’s expungement would have been more defaming than the likes of Birkey or Maddow. I suppose he’s hoping to have Zellers on the show sometime next year to talk about the wonders of ALEC and the renaissance of moral majority.

Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

This Bradlee Dean guy made a statement on WCCO today in an interview that Rachel Maddow’s career is over. Ha Ha. And Ha again. If so called defamation of character was an offense, Limbaugh and his ilk would have lost their positions years ago. I agree with the statement from MSNBC: “This suit is baseless and we stand by our reporting”

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

Dean is a watered down Hitler. A very sad soul indeed.

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

Ironically, the leader of “you can run but you can’t hide” failed to show up for his interview about the lawsuit today on the Michelangelo Signorile show.

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

Fairobserver, you’re resuming the lawsuit was written by an attorney, not Dean.

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

There’s Larry the Lawyer again, with his e-mail address, striking fear in the hearts of half the planet! Uh oh, now he’ll probably sue me too. This would be a joke if not for the fact that Dean is the author of a comic book called “My War,” which title, translated into German, would be “Mein Kampf.” Hitler analogies, anyone?

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

I think all the gays should sue Dean for libel, including Rachel Maddow. Dean may not have a case, but Rachel sure as hell does. Ooops! He didnt consider the counter-suit LOL

Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

ok did anyone else love how he mentioned Michelle over and over and over again, this guys is going to be the full downfall of the whole extreme religious right end of the GOP

ooo there is hope! LET HIM speak it just makes for better tv!

Wendy Leigh
Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

Headbanger for Jesus and his whateverstry gives a shoutout to Andy Birley

… should rename his Elijah list whateverstry You Can Pitch But You Cannot Catch.

Ardent Meld
Comment posted July 27, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

isn’t greed one of the 7 deadly sins? That’s why his group stands out infront of Walmart…..

No worries Andy, and let us know if you need donations to the “I’m being sued by a indiot” fund

Comment posted July 28, 2011 @ 8:11 am

I think Bradlee needs a hug. A traditional opposite-sex hug. I’m against same-sex hugging.

Comment posted July 28, 2011 @ 11:08 am

I heard Dean and his attorney on WCCO yesterday. The lawyer says “this will cost MSNBC hundreds of millions of dollars and Rachel Maddow her career.” I about drove of the road laughing. Shine on you crazy diamond.

Comment posted July 28, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

OK lets step back for just a minute here. I watched the video and he explains his highly dysfunctional youth and gross parental neglect. I’m starting to believe he was also raped as a child.

I can see how someone, like this who doesn’t really hate the gay community (thats a false target for him) but more so hates his parents lack of love… but then uses the defense of a religion to uphold his victim based teachings of self-righteousness. (Ego-Maniac!) In other words… he is a Pathological Sociopath cherry picking Bible verses to uphold his discriminatory beliefs and behaviors.

If this person had any true intelligence, he’d drop the poorly translated bible and go to the source of the original Hebrew version that clearly doesn’t use the word ‘homosexual’ … nor did Jesus go around hating on the homos.

OH BOO HOO … the totally idiotic rant that I had a crappy childhood so now I”ll take all the rage and resentment and latch onto a belief system that condemns a peaceful group of people so I can spew my distaste and unsatisfaction out on them, but feel totally justified because some poorly translated rule book says I can. How totally immature and unevolved.

This man doesn’t need religious brainwashing. He need some professional psychotherapy, then, perhaps reform a healthier, personal spiritual belief system that simply doesn’t care about lashing out or spreading discrimination on peaceful people.

Comment posted July 29, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

Conservatives always whine when they get caught . But if you can’t take the heat get off the barbecue grill. Bradlee Dean is a public figure and as such, freedom of speech and press apply to him. It also does to Mcihelle Bachmann whose campaign he is defending. As with other conservative causes, if they cannot stand on their own merits they need to fall. There is no welfare for the stuck-on-stupid.

This minister is not a Christian in any sense of the word that Jesus would approve of. He is a hater and he needs therapy. He might be saved but his mansion in heaven is going to be a shed behind a gay person’s grand villa, because he is nullifying any good he has done with his hate.

Comment posted July 29, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

One more. It seems like having a crappy childhood would make a person more liberal, not less. Seems like if you know how it feels to be rejected you would not want anyone else to feel that way. The Jews have a culture of community service, acceptance and advocacy. Seems like other persectuted people would too.

Comment posted July 29, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

Hopefully he will win the lawsuit.

Comment posted July 31, 2011 @ 9:04 am

Ah, Biff.

Clearly you are clueless. All Maddow and the Minnesota Independent is run the quote from Dean from his OWN RADIO SHOW. So either Dean is total idiot and clueless about what libel is, oh wait, never mind, that’s what Dean is.

Having listened to Dean for years to keep an ear on the Religious Right, Dean’s comments are quite normal for his program. He has repeatedly referred to gays as “criminals”. Dean apparently thinks that “Lawrence v Texas” doesn’t apply. He’s like most right wingers, Supreme Court cases you don’t like don’t apply. Dean is just a wanna be preacher who’s reach out reaches his talents.

Comment posted July 31, 2011 @ 11:04 am

Biff. You do understand what it means to be a public figure right? Obviously his lawyers do not. Not to mention facts and words are quoted in full by all parties. to requote is not slander. Its just fact.

But then again, his kind do not stand on fact but only fiction, fears and lies.

Comment posted August 1, 2011 @ 7:51 am

Biff, Biff, Biff. Kinda pathetic having you invoke the confidence fairy on behalf of Bradlee – but helpful. Every time he or his supporters speak, it helps advance our cause. I pray Bradlee keeps talking smack on the air and in front of any device that will record him.

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Comment posted August 5, 2011 @ 11:38 am

Anyone… Anyone…who takes on Rachel Maddow on her own turf is dead meat, needing only DD7 for stain removal.

Tad Wagner
Comment posted August 11, 2011 @ 11:36 am

I have seen men like this guy before. Cult leaders that think that they are better than everyone else. Its rather interesting if you you compare “Mein Kampf” (My Battle) written by a certain failed Nazi Dictator to another autobiographical piece called “My War” written by another failed RELIGIOUS leader (Bradlee Deane), and you can see a startling resemblance between two little men with big egos.

BTW, remember that Michelle Bachmann and Tom Emmer LOVE this guy. Remember thats the kind of person that they support when it comes time to vote!

Tad Wagner
Comment posted August 11, 2011 @ 11:38 am

Oh and “Biff” is probably his sidekick…whats that little “yes mans” name that is always on that radio show with Deane? I can think of his name…gee, I wonder why THAT is…;)

Tad Wagner
Comment posted August 11, 2011 @ 11:51 am

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Comment posted August 11, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

Bradlee Dean may be something of a public figure, but not much–and it looks like he’s maneuvering for a bigger audience. He’s learned from his friend Michele Bachmann that Controversy = Publicity. This is the same guy who created a local brouhaha earlier this year when he asked to give the opening prayer at the legislature, then used the opportunity to cast aspersions on the president. The legislative opening prayer is normally a nonsectarian, nonpartisan reflection, many were offended, and he made the news. Now this suit is achieving the same thing on the national level. Oh goody.

Comment posted August 11, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

Regarding the law of defamation (libel or slander): Defamation means making/publishing a statement that is harmful to someone’s reputation AND which the speaker knew or should have known was false. If the statement is true, the plaintiff (in this case, Bradlee Dean) loses. From what I understand of the complaints, he doesn’t have a case.

Likewise if the speaker/writer reasonably believed the statement was true, the plaintiff loses. Bradlee Dean may or may not be seen as a “public figure” in this situation, but if he is, that would only raise the bar for him: he would have to prove a higher level of recklessness or actual malice on the part of the network & the Independent.

P.S. Did you notice he threw Bachmann’s name into the complaint, alleging harm to her campaign as well? He’s workin’ it!

Comment posted August 31, 2011 @ 10:33 am

When you look at the complaint on Bradlee Deans page The Minnesota Independent is not giving you the whole story. Rachel Maddow and Andy Birkey are in some serious trouble.

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