A Christian rocker is suing Rachel Maddow for $50 million, charging the MSNBC host with defamation for what he says were misleading statements she made about his views on gay rights and Sharia law. (H/T Towleroad)
Bradlee Dean, a Minnesota metal rocker, announced the lawsuit in a Tuesday press release. His suit stems from an August 2010 segment of Maddow's, in which she quoted a statement he made on his radio show:
"Muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in America. They themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible, 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. If America won't enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that."
Dean charged Maddow with deliberately ignoring a disclaimer that he issued which stressed that he was not calling for gay people to be killed. He said Maddow's airing of his statement caused "serious" harm to him and the ministry he runs.
Actually, Maddow did read the disclaimer--"we have never and will never call for the execution of homosexuals"--just after airing Dean's statement.
"You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCRBYCHI) is a Christian youth ministry that holds assemblies, including Christian rap/metal music and discussions with students, in public schools. Founded by Bradlee Dean, the ministry is based in Annandale, Minnesota. The ministry's mission statement explains their aims to reshape America "by re-directing the current and future generations both morally and spiritually through education, media and the Judeo-Christian values found in our U.S. Constitution." The organization has garnered letters of support from school personnel, as well as some religious and political figures. At the same time, the ministry has also drawn controversy for using these assemblies for religious purposes, allegedly misleading school administrators about the nature of the program, propagating its views regarding abortion and homosexuality, and earning "thousands of dollars per event from public schools that later express surprise about the group’s brand of hardline Christianity."
You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International has been supported by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Emmer's campaign gave the ministry $250 in 2008, prompting criticism due to the ministry's views on homosexuality.Bachmann has praised the ministry, appearing as a keynote speaker at their fundraisers. Dean has indicated that both Bachmann and Emmer will appear in his upcoming documentary My War.