Anti-Gay Preacher Sues Rachel Maddow for $50M

Says Maddow took his comments out of context

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 27, 2011 11:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bradlee Dean—the heavy-metal drummer who heads up the religious ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International—is suing Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for $50 million. He claims that Maddow tarnished his "fine reputation" and that of his ministry by accusing him, on air, of supporting the killing of homosexuals. "This case is filed as a matter of principle," says Dean's lawyer. "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."

On her program, Maddow played a radio clip of Dean calling Muslim nations "more moral" than "even American Christians" because they execute homosexuals, reports Raw Story. Maddow then said that Dean "later clarified that he didn't really mean to sanction murder of gay people, he said, quote, 'We have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals.'" Dean, however, says Maddow ignored a disclaimer on his website that said he didn't support such an action. She also played a clip in which Dean said, "On average, they [homosexuals] molest 117 people before they’re found out."

Rachel Maddow is being sued for $50 million by anti-gay preacher for playing clips he says were out of context.
Rachel Maddow is being sued for $50 million by anti-gay preacher for playing clips he says were out of context.   (AP Photo/MSNBC, Ali Goldstein)
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