Divine Justice: Bradlee Dean Ordered to Pay Court Costs to Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, MN Indy & Andy Birkey

In case you’ve been lucky enough never to have heard of him before, Bradley Dean Smith, a.k.a. Bradlee Dean, is a “Christian” “rocker” with a partially-appropriately-named “band,” “Junkyard Prophet” (they really suck, even by the lowest garage-band standards, which you’ll learn as soon as you start the video at left), who has said a lot of… things about gay people (and a lot of other people who don’t share his peculiar worldview).

Dean is the very public face (good gawd, what must the rest of the band look like?!) of an SPLC-officially-designated hate group (he calls it a “youth ministry”), “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International,” out of Annandale, Minnesota.

Michele 'Crazy Eyes' Bachmann(No surprise there — that’s the stomping grounds of Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann, professional gay-basher and long-rumored beard for “ex-gay” “therapist” Marcus Bachmann, and — no surprise this — Bachmann is reportedly BFFs with Dean.)

In short, what happened was this: Dean sued MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for defamation because she quoted him. Yes, really.

And now, the rest of the story…

In 2010, Rachel Maddow played a clip of Dean ranting on his radio show:

“Muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in America. … [t]hey 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.”

Maddow: “Bradlee with two E’s 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.” Which is nice. But, of course, he does still consider The Gay to be an abomination, and he has some other stuff that he said about the homosexuals which maybe is a little problematic, given that he has been given money by a candidate for Republican governor.”

Tom EmmerMaddow was referring to failed Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, whom we first profiled in 2010. Hit that link, and you’ll see we made mention of Bradlee With Two E’s then, too (thanks again to Rachel), and how Emmer made a cash donation to Dean’s so-called “ministry.” (Too, hit that link, and you’ll see that Bradlee With Two E’s is only one example of Emmer’s painful lack of judgment in the company he keeps.)

Back to the Maddow show… Rachel then played a follow-up clip of Dean’s:

Dean: “Here’s the bottom line, they play the victim when in fact they’re the predator. On average, they molest 117 people, on average, they molest 117 people before they’re found out. How many kids have been destroyed, how many adults today have been destroyed because of crimes against nature? How many people have been violated because of that?”

Maddow: “A hundred and seventeen, precisely — he counted. Now, it’s no surprise that a conservative, anti-gay candidate for office and a conservative, anti-gay ministry have ties — conservative, anti-gay politics are nothing new. What’s new, however, is that the politicians are giving money to the bands — homophobic bands, but bands, nonetheless. So why would a candidate for office, any office, make such a donation? Isn’t it meant to be the other way around? Don’t bands raise money for candidates, not vice versa? Mr. Emmer’s explanation is, quote: ‘These are nice people.’”

Over this, Bradlee With Two E’s felt compelled to sue Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for $50 million, because… well, because… if you haven’t heard the reason already, you’re not going to believe it. As recounted by the Hollywood Reporter, July 27, 2011, Dean sued Maddow and the network…

…for allegedly defaming him in a segment. The lawsuit claims $50 million in damages and alleges that Maddow twisted Dean’s comments in an effort to undermine Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

(What’s funny is that Maddow was focusing on Tom Emmer in that segment, not Michele Bachmann, who got just a brief mention. But… whatevs.)

Bradlee With Two E’s claimed that his comments were taken out of context. Let’s look at that. The Hollywood Reporter also transcribed Dean’s full remarks — we’ve highlighted the excerpts played on Maddow’s show:

Muslims are calling for the execution for homosexuals in America, this was just released yesterday and it shows you that they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible, the Judeo-Christian God. 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. And I continually reach out to the homosexual communities on this radio show, and I warn them, which ones love? Here you have Obama condemning it behind the backs of the homosexuals but to their faces he’s promoting it. I say this to my gay friends out there the ones that continuously nitpick everything I say. Hollywood is promoting immorality and the God of the Heavens in Jesus names is warning you to flee from the wrath to come, yet you have Muslims calling for your execution. If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that’s what you’re seeing in America today. Read Leviticus 26 America.

Sounds to us like the excerpted clips on Maddow’s made Dean sound less scary and hateful than the full quote does! (But, hey, that’s our opinion. O-P-I-N-I-O-N, Bradley With Two E’s, O-P-I-N-I-O-N.)

As for Leviticus 26, it’s not lost on us that this chapter is one of the more violent in the Old Testament, what with pestilence and cutting people down with swords, and even cannibalism. (It doesn’t say anything about homosexuality, the way the Bible-beaters think Leviticus 20:13 does; we can only guess that chapter 26 is more appealing to some for all the vivid gore-porn.)

Anyway, Bradlee With Two E’s sued (also naming The Minnesota Independent and its reporter Andy Birkey, whose work, still online, is linked at the bottom of this entry), while Dean’s lawyer, Larry Klayman — off-the-scale right-wing founder of Judicial Watch, whom Jacob Weisberg once called “off his rocker” for (among other things) suing his own mother — predicted that Maddow’s career was “over,” and painted his client as the victim of death threats. “When asked to elaborate on the death threats,” reported CityPages.com, “Klayman says that a man sent Dean a threat over the Internet ‘saying that he wants to have sex with Bradlee, then he’s gonna kill him.’”

(We’ll let you weigh the veracity of that claim; the idea that anyone would want to have sex with Bradlee Dean is what crumbles the credibility for us. But, hey, that’s just our opinion.)

Maddow, MSNBC, and parent NBC Universal motioned for a dismissal of what appeared to be a SLAPP suit (“A strategic lawsuit against public participation [SLAPP] is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition”).

To get around that, Bradlee With Two E’s moved to withdraw his suit in order to re-file it in federal court — and Maddow filed an anti-SLAPP motion against that suit.

Now (and here’s the good news), according to CityPages.com:

Though the case is still active, a Washington D.C. judge has ordered that Dean and his ministry, You Run But You Cannot Hide International, must pay Maddow and the since-defunct Independent attorney fees to the tune of $24,625.23, according to court records.

Still active or not, this does not bode well for Bradlee With Two E’s.

But it bodes very well for freedom of speech.

One more thought: If anyone ought to consider filing a defamation lawsuit, Rep. Keith Ellison should. He really should. Really.

More — lots more — reading:

• “Spiritual War: Controversial Ideas Stoke Ministry Fundraiser,” Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Independent, October 29, 2007

• “Because God said: Youth ministry uses deception to gain access to public schools,” Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Independent, November 3, 2007

• “Bachmann to raise funds for controversial Christian punk ministry,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, September 30, 2009

• “‘You Can Run’ may be running afoul of the Constitution,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, October 8, 2009

• “Bachmann’s punk-rock benefactor says Obama ‘unpatriotic to the max’,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, October 20, 2009

• “Bradlee Dean chastises Obama for public-school assembly appearances,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, November 5, 2009

• “With Bachmann’s help, You Can Run raises funds to bring Christ into public schools,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, November 13, 2009

• “‘They demonize me!’: Bradlee Dean talks about MnIndy reporting of his ministry,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, November 16, 2009

• “Gubernatorial candidate Emmer attends fundraiser for controversial ministry,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, November 18, 2009

• “Members of punk ministry You Can Run claiming tax break for clergy housing,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, December 9, 2009

• “‘Punk’ ministry head Dean: Marshal appointment illegal because Lubinski’s a lesbian,” Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent, January 18, 2010

• “Punk rock ministry ambushes Sen. John Marty at DFL event,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, March 15, 2010

• “GOP-linked punk rock ministry says executing gays is ‘moral’,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, May 25, 2010

• “Emmer campaign donated to controversial Christian punk-rock ministry,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, May 25, 2010

• “A possible campaign finance violation — or not — connects Emmer to controversial group,” Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, StarTribune.com, May 25, 2010

• “Tom Emmer finesses Bradlee Dean’s sympathy for executing gays,” Hart Van Denburg, CityPages.com, May 25, 2010

• “Emmer on anti-gay hard rock ministry: ‘These are nice people’,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, May 26, 2010

• “Hard rock ministry says jailing gays is ‘right’ thing to do,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, June 1, 2010

• “Ex-gay group condemns Bradlee Dean’s comment on executing gays,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, June 2, 2010

• “Living Word Christian Center, CAIR issue statements on Bradlee Dean,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, June 3, 2010

• “Bradlee Dean says Minnesota Independent ‘twisted’ his words,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, June 4, 2010

• “Anne Rice quits church, blaming Bradlee Dean, among others [UPDATED],” Hart Van Denburg, CityPages.com, July 31, 2010

• “Human Rights Campaign calls out Target, Best Buy over gift to MN Forward, Emmer’s ties to anti-gay ministry,” Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent, August 2, 2010

• “MSNBC’s Maddow looks into Emmer’s affiliation with anti-gay ministry,” Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Independent, August 10, 2010

• “Bradlee Dean talks Ground Zero mosque on Fox News,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, August 11, 2010

• “Bradlee Dean talks Tom Emmer, Rachel Maddow and Target,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, August 16, 2010

• “SPLC report focuses on Bradlee Dean, Tom Emmer and Michele Bachmann,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, August 30, 2010

• “Pols, Nativists Make Common Cause With Gay-Bashers,” Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report, Fall 2010

• “Bradlee Dean says Bachmann, Emmer will appear in his new video,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, September 27, 2010

• “Bradlee Dean: LGBT advocates use anti-gay bullying efforts to ‘go after kids’,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, October 6, 2010

• “Did ‘You Can Run But You Cannot Hide’ get caught up in IRS crackdown on sham ministries?,” Karl Bremer, Ripple In Stillwater, December 30, 2010

• “Hard rock ministry tied to tax evasion scheme,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, January 3, 2011

• “Kansas abortion doctor killer Scott Roeder was affiliated with the same religious cult as Bradley Dean Smith of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide,” Karl Bremer, Ripple In Stillwater, January 7, 2011

• “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide responds to the ‘radical media’ through its tax lawyer,” Karl Bremer, Ripple In Stillwater, January 18, 2011

• “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide was evicted from Plymouth offices in 2007,” Karl Bremer, Ripple In Stillwater, January 28, 2011

• “Recently Approved U of M Regent Laura Brod Spoke to Group That Sponsored a Screening of Bradlee Dean’s ‘My War’ Movie,” DumpBachmann.com, February 22, 2011

• “Hate Pastor Bradlee Dean Offers Opening Prayer in Minnesota Legislature,” Evan Hurst, Truth Wins Out, May 4, 2011

• “Outrage: Notorious Hate Band Preached Extremist Message at Iowa High School,” Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out, March 14, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean, homophobic preacher, gives creepy opening prayer at Legislature [VIDEO],” Nick Pinto, CityPages.com, May 20, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean’s ‘prayer’ not first at Capitol to exclude Jews,” Hart Van Denburg, CityPages.com, May 20, 2011

• “Kurt Zellers apologizes for Bradlee Dean’s opening ‘prayer’ [VIDEO],” Hart Van Denburg, CityPages.com, May 20, 2011

• “Rep. Ernie Leidiger outed for inviting Bradlee Dean to lead House prayer,” Hart Van Denburg, CityPages.com, May 20, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean Crying About Minnesota Legislature Being Mean To Him,” Evan Hurst, Truth Wins Out, May 24, 2011

• “Michele Bachmann prays for Bradlee Dean’s homophobic ministry [AUDIO],” By Kevin Hoffman, CityPages.com, May 27, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean fundraises off prayer fiasco — to hire publicist,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, May 24, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean’s church spotted in Walmart parking lot,” Nick Pinto, CityPages.com, May 24, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean lied to Walmart about his church, is now banned from parking lot,” Nick Pinto, CityPages.com, May 25, 2011

• “Wal-Mart, Salem radio dump Bradlee Dean,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, May 25, 2011

• “Anti-Gay Hate ‘Minister’ Bradlee Dean Not REALLY A Minister And Is Under Investigation For Tax Fraud,” Will Kohler, Back2Stonewall, May 22, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean uses suicide prevention’ to raise money for anti-gay ministry,” Nick Pinto, CityPages.com, May 27, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean flunks gay sex law 101,” Hart Van Denburg, CityPages.com, June 6, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean takes credit for passing anti-gay marriage amendment,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, June 7, 2011

• “Is Bradlee Dean Michele Bachmann’s Rev. Wright?,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, June 7, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean’s benediction: How a tracksuit-wearing homophobe became the MN GOP’s favorite preacher,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 13, 2011

• “Karl Bremer on Bradlee Dean, Michele Bachmann’s pastor problem [Interview],” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 14, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean Interview, Part 1: The Early Days, Finding God, and the Public School Circuit,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 15, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean Interview, Part 2: Taxes, Michele Bachmann, and the Capitol Prayer Debacle,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 15, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean: Kurt Zellers ‘is a liar’,” Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent, July 20, 2011

• “Maddow Sued For $50 Million By Bachmann Buddy Bradlee Dean. Allegedly,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, July 26, 2011

• “Bachmann Anti-Gay Ally Sues Rachel Maddow For $50 Million (Updated),” Tim Murphy, Mother Jones, July 27, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean sues Rachel Maddow,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 27, 2011

• “Heavy metal minister Bradlee Dean sues Rachel Maddow, Minnesota Independent,” Todd A. Heywood, Minnesota Independent, July 27, 2011

• “Anti-Gay Bradlee Dean Suing Maddow For Defamation Adds 4 Others To Suit,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, July 27, 2011

• “Video of Bradlee Dean lawsuit press conference,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 27, 2011

• “Minnesota Independent, MSNBC respond to Bradlee Dean lawsuit,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 27, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean Never Calls For The Persecution Of Gays, Except All The Time,” Zack Ford, ThinkProgress, July 27, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean on Andy Birkey: ‘He is trying to make me the biggest villain known to mankind’,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, August 2, 2011

• “Edina Car Wash boycotted over Bradlee Dean support,” Mike Mullen, CityPages.com, August 23, 2011

• “Gas station divorces Bradlee Dean,” Mike Mullen, CityPages.com, September 1, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean scolds Obama in open letter,” Jon Collins, Minnesota Independent, September 13, 2011

• “New York Times goes soft on Bradlee Dean,” Andy Mannix, Minnesota Independent, September 27, 2011

• “Did Bradlee Dean Whine to the FBI about Blog Talk Show Host?,” DumpBachmann.com, October 21, 2011

• “Rick Santorum and Bradlee Dean talked about gay sex last weekend,” Mike Mullen, CityPages.com, October 25, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean: Michele Bachmann smells like rancid cheese,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, October 31, 2011

• “Bradlee Dean back in Schools with Junkyard Prophets and message of anti-gay hate,” Andy Kopsa, March 9, 2012

• “Iowa high school assembly stirs protest,” Waterloo Courier, March 9, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean & His Extremist, Anti-Gay Hate Group Vow to Return to Dunkerton, Iowa,” DumpBachmann.com, March 10, 2012

• “Iowa School Hires Hate Group To Preach Against Abortion And Gay Marriage,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, March 11, 2012

• “Watch: Christian Ministry Shows Aborted Fetus Photos To Kids In Iowa School,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, March 13, 2012

• “Watch: Christian Ministry Preaches Anti-Gay Hate To Iowa Public School Kids,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, March 13, 2012

• “Anti-Gay Preacher Defends Performance From ‘Offensive’ Accusations,” David Taintor, TPM, March 13, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean Attacks Liberals As He Defends His Anti-Gay School Assembly,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, March 13, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean’s troupe to Iowa public school: Homosexual lifestyle ‘literally kills’ gays [VIDEO],” Aaron Rupar, CityPages.com, March 14, 2012

• “More God in schools: Bradlee Dean’s side-door approach,” Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, March 15, 2012

• “Iowa not cool with Bradlee Dean’s public school invasion,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, March 15, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean is poison to the young, but he has help,” JT Eberhard, WWJTD, March 15, 2012

• “Who hires a hate group to lead a school assembly?,” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com, March 16, 2012

• “Do your research on Bradlee Dean before you buy his message,” Ryan Peterson, Iowa State Daily, March 19, 2012

• “Trayvon Martin was ‘gang bangin’,’ says Bradlee Dean,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, March 27, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean, Rachel Maddow and Conservative Entitlement,” Alyssa Rosenberg, ThinkProgress, April 23, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean blasts MNGOP leadership, says party is run by ‘immoral people’,” Aaron Rupar, CityPages.com, April 24, 2012

• “MN GOP Warns College Republicans Not To Host Anti-Gay Preacher,” David Taintor, TPM, April 24, 2012

• “MNGOP tells St. Cloud State Repubs to cancel Bradlee Dean’s appearance tonight, or else,” Aaron Rupar, CityPages.com, April 24, 2012

• “In St. Cloud, Bradlee Dean speaks to more protesters than supporters,” Aaron Rupar, CityPages.com, April 25, 2012

• “Cat flees bag at College Republican event; GOP legislators’ embrace Bradlee Dean’s values,” Sally Jo Sorensen, Bluestem Prairie, April 25, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean: Even Republicans Don’t Like Him,” Ed Brayton, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, April 26, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean attacks Dan Savage for calling parts of the Bible ‘bulls—’,” Gregory Pratt, CityPages.com, May 4, 2012

• “Toxic rock preacher Bradlee Dean must pay Maddow, other defendants’ $24,625.23 legal fees,” Bluestem Prairie, July 7, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean calls south Mpls a “Third World Country” [AUDIO],” Gregory Pratt, CityPages.com, June 19, 2012

• “Gary Schiff challenges Bradlee Dean to debate over “Third World” south Mpls comments,” Gregory Pratt, CityPages.com, June 21, 2012

• “Bigot must pay attorney fees for journalists he targeted,” Joe Bodell, MN Progressive Project, July 9, 2012

• “Hate Group Head Bradlee Dean Ordered To Pay Rachel Maddow’s Legal Fees,” David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement, July 9, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean — back in Iowa looking for $$ at Newton HyVee (maybe to pay legal fees?),” Andy Kopsa, July 9, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean Blowback: Junkyard Prophet Ordered To Pay Up,” Simon Brown, Americans United, July 10, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean must pay attorney fees to Rachel Maddow, Minnesota Independent,” Andy Mannix, CityPages.com, July 9, 2012

• “Judge Lets Rachel Maddow Extort World’s Greatest Heavy-Metal Anti-Abortion Public School Assembly Star,” Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette, July 9, 2012


• “Bradlee Dean Ordered to Pay $25K of Maddow’s Court Fees,” Michelle Garcia, The Advocate, July 10, 2012

• “Bradlee Dean Fires Back At Judge Who Ordered Him To Pay Rachel Maddow’s Legal Fees,” David Taintor, TPM, July 10, 2012

• “Get Thee to the Menstrual Hut: It’s A Good Thing Bradlee Dean Isn’t Being Sexist About Judge Who Awarded Rachel Maddow Attorneys Fees,” Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette, July 10, 2012

• “YCRBYCH still in Iowa — this time in Ankeny at Fareway and Hy-Vee issues public apology for Bradlee Dean fundraising,” Andy Kopsa, July 10, 2012

• “Vicious homophobe Bradlee Dean spotted last weekend at Newton, IA Hy-Vee soliciting money for ‘suicide/drug abuse prevention’,” Aksarbent, July 10, 2012

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One Response to “Divine Justice: Bradlee Dean Ordered to Pay Court Costs to Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, MN Indy & Andy Birkey”

  • Sweet justice. I love it when people like this genius are exposed for what they are. Thank you for highlighting this story. I am a Maddow fan and she is pretty good at keeping things in context. If people like Bradlee Dean don’t like having their homophobic hate speech exposed, I suggest they stop saying homophobic, hateful things. It is one thing to think homosexuality is a sin. I understand how Bible thumpers come to this conclusion. But, to call for the death of homosexuals? That is a whole other story.