Rachel Maddow Sued By Preacher

Rachel Maddow, an MSNBC television host, is facing a $50 million defamation lawsuit from a Christian rock musician who also runs a ministry.

Rachel Maddow, an MSNBC television host, is facing a $50 million defamation lawsuit from a Christian rock musician who also runs a ministry.

According to Politico, Bradlee Dean, who is characterized as a “heavy-metal preacher,” is angry about a segment from Maddow’s show where she showed a clip of Dean and spoke about his ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International.

The episode aired on August 9, 2010. In the segment, Maddow played a clip of Dean saying the following:

“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.”

Following the clip, Maddow read the disclaimer he attached to the statement, saying that he “will never call for the execution of homosexuals" himself.

Dean believes Maddow ridiculed him and implied that his disclaimer was disingenuous, which damaged his reputation and his business.

Dean’s lawsuit also points to “red meat” reporting from MSNBC about Michele Bachmann as proof of the network’s agenda.

MSNBC believes the $50 million suit is baseless, reports Politico.

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