Preacher Bradlee Dean, claiming defamation, to sue Rachel Maddow

City Pages reports today that preacher Bradlee Dean will sue Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and other unnamed media outlets for defamation.

Dean, whose real name is Bradley Dean Smith, says the media “defamed him by tweaking comments made on his radio show about Christians taking a lax stance toward homosexuals,” the story says.

The comments in question come from his May 15 radio show, according to City Pages:

“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America … and this just shows you they themselves are upholding the law that are even in the Bible of 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 …”

Dean told City Pages last month about some of his thoughts on the media:

“It’s hurtful crap people say,” Smith said of the media. “And they say, well, you’re a public person. But then you think about Jesus Christ up on the cross being crucified, and what was he crucified for? He was crucified for their sins. That’s a hard lesson to learn, man.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jeff Wilfahrt on 07/27/2011 - 11:43 am.

    So he is suing Rachel Maddow, Andy Birkey but not Kurt Zellers who had him expunged. Being expunged was certainly damaging to his adorable public image as mighty soldier of the christ… oh, I get it, he still wants Zellers to appear as promised on the radio show.

    I wonder how he got to a figure of $50 million? I’ve never seen him on the cover of Rolling Stone being a drummer and all.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

  2. Submitted by Roy Johansen on 07/27/2011 - 02:25 pm.

    Maybe gay people should have a class action suit against him and his “ministry” for all the things he has said about us in web page, Facebook page, radio show and personal appearances over the years.

  3. Submitted by CJ McCormick on 07/28/2011 - 10:37 am.

    He does a great job of defaming himself. There isn’t even a need for help from others.

  4. Submitted by richard owens on 07/28/2011 - 11:28 am.

    What penalty would his own religious officials impose on him for using “God” to promote selfish partisan purposes that hurt the poor and demonize the innocents?

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