Last year, Larry Klayman, an attorney for hateful fundamentalist preacher Bradlee Dean, boldly announced that the career of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow “is over.”
Maddow’s show is still popular, and Dean’s defamation lawsuit against her and the Minnesota Independent doesn’t seem to be going well.
According to City Pages, a Minneapolis news blog, a Washington, D.C., judge in June ordered Dean and his ministry “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International” to pay more than $24,000 in legal fees to the folks he sued.
Dean claimed that both Maddow and the Independent’s Andy Birkey defamed him when they allegedly took an excerpt from his radio show out of context. Dean asserted that he was a victim because of his political and religious views, and he had sought more than $50 million in damages.
The comments in question came during Dean’s May 15, 2011, broadcast. It’s hard to think of him as a victim given that he praised radical Muslims who advocate killing gays.
“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America... and this just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God,” Dean said, “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... If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up an enemy to do just that.”
Maddow later used the quote during one of her broadcasts. Dean claimed this led him to receive death threats. He also claimed that he wasn’t suggesting that gays should be killed.
Just as Dean is no stranger to hatred, he is also no fan of church-state separation, having used his ministry’s musical group to gain entrance into a public school in order to proselytize.
In March, Dean’s band Junkyard Prophet performed at a public school in Dunkerton, Iowa. According to the LaCrosse Tribune, Junkyard Prophet didn’t offer much in the way of religion or hatred during its performance for the whole school, but when the band asked to divide the boys and girls into separate groups for breakout sessions, things really got bad.
The mother of a female student told the Tribune that Junkyard Prophet advised the assembled girls “that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren't virgins” and “that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42.” The girls were also told to be submissive in the household and were shown photographs of aborted fetuses, according to the Tribune.
Given Dean’s history of bigotry, hatred and misogyny, it seems pretty clear that he meant what he said on his radio show. Maybe he shouldn’t say such things if he doesn’t want to have to backtrack later.
And kudos to the court that seems less than receptive to Dean’s frivolous suit. I don’t know if Dean believes in karma, but he certainly experienced a bit.