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Bachmann Ally and Anti-Gay Minister Sues Rachel Maddow for Slander

Bachmann Ally and Anti-Gay Minister Sues Rachel Maddow for Slander


The head of a far-right Minnesota-based ministry with ties to Rep. Michele Bachmann is suing Rachel Maddow and The Minnesota Independent for $50 million over reporting on the group’s extreme anti-gay beliefs.  Bradlee Dean heads up You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, a ministry that believes gays are responsible for the Holocaust and that gays should be executed and is claiming the reporting on his group was slanderous.

A full copy of the complaint is posted here.  Be warned: it reads as a rambling, poorly-written and tangentially tied to reality screed on a perceived persecution.  It is noteworthy for just how bad it is.  That’s it.

The heart of Dean’s complaint is that Maddow, and others, mis-reported on his comments praising radical Muslims who want to execute gays and lesbians.

Here is the statement at issue:

Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. 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. That’s what you are seeing today in America.

According to the complaint, these statements were taken out of context to further a liberal pro-homosexual agenda and maligning Dean and his ministry as advocating for the execution of gays and lesbians.  Maddow and MSNBC dismissed the allegations as nonsense, as did the Minnesota Independent and reporter Andy Birkey.

Dean is no stranger to publicity, but this latest stunt can’t be the kind that presidential contender Bachmann was hoping for.  The longer Dean stays in the spotlight the more her ties to him get discussed and the greater the focus on their radical anti-human rights agenda.  Which is good news for the rest of us looking to stem that tide of hate.

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11:57PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Extremism in all it's forms is dangerous for all living things....

10:55AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

The absolute defense against slander is the truth. Rachel Maddow does her homework and has no problem with calling someone out when they are wrong, without regard to political position.

She has nothing to fear from these hate-mongers, since it is only slander when it is untrue......I wonder when Rush is going to learn that lesson.

One thing is certain; we know who's moral compass points north and who's doesn't. And the right-wing extremists and Christo-fascists need to get their compass fixed, since theirs points everywhere but north.

9:23PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Rachel Maddow is not someone you want to mess around with. She could kick both bachmann and deans ass.

9:14PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

If a majority of Americans proved idiotic enough to give m. bachmann a fighting chance to get elected to ANYTHING (even, like, dogcatcher), I'd be out of this country so fast they wouldn't even see me leave. Just a strange blur in the air for a moment.

As a boomer with perhaps more life behind me than ahead of me, I used to be kinda sad about that. But over the course of the last few years I find myself increasingly perusing the obits thinking, "lucky dogs... they're out of this mess." By the time I'm ready to go... I'll REALLY BE READY to go! So long, suckahs!! Have a nice End of Days.

1:26PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Bachmann....translates to BACKWARDman or in this case, something that passes for female. I don't know of this other jerk, but, ANY follower "she" has, is bound to be as BIGOTED,and full of BIASED HATRED and MISinformation as what she is, so why the surprise. IF, there is a judge with a working brain, (even one the size of a pea) he or she will NOT waste precious time, and oxygen saying ANYthing more than GET OUT and DON'T COME BACK. I THOUGHT idiots WERE LOCKED IN ASYLUMS!

2:24PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Interesting article. I hope the AMERICANS do not vote for REPUBLICANS!

11:37AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

It ain't slander when it's true.

7:19AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Bradlee Dean is frightening. Michele Bachmann, herself, is frightening. Be afraid - very, very afraid. Her obsession with gays is maniacal!

7:16AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Let me use a phrase coined famous by former vice Dick Cheney to answer Dean's accusations to Rachale Maddow and MSNBC.
Mr. Dean is what he is, not capable of original thought, nor critical thinking skills. His ( and Sen. Bachman) brain have Black Holes of static zapping all intelligent thought.

6:58AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Much ado about nothing.

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