Will Fox News Obsess About Michele Bachmann's Homophobe Pal Bradlee Dean?
Reported by Priscilla - May 21, 2011 -
During the 2008 presidential campaign, America's "Fair & Balanced" news network spent a lot of time obsessing about President Obama's associates whom they deemed unsavory. Fox had a 24 and 7 video loop of United Church of Christ minister Rev. Jeremiah Wright who was shown giving, what was considered to be, un-American sermons. Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and the all American gang on Fox & Friends never wasted an opportunity to do a guilt by association thing involving Obama's tangential association with former radical Bill Ayers. And last week, Fox obsessed about an African American rap artist who was invited to participate in a poetry reading at the White House. He was portrayed as a "vile" thug who supported the killing of police when, as articulated by Jon Stewart, he was writing about those whom he felt were unfairly convicted of the crime. It appears that Michele Bachmann, a right wing congressional rep from Minnesota, might be throwing her tea bag into the 2012 presidential race. So Will Fox News, in the spirit of "fair and balanced," provide the same kind of scrutiny to her gay bashing "Christian" musician pal, Bradlee Dean, that they do for Obama's "vile" associates. As Fox & Friends has already interviewed Dean, as the "voice of the people" regarding the so called "Ground Zero Mosque," I'm thinking not so much!
Bachmann's musical Christian BFF, Bradlee Dean, is a "Minnesota radio host, anti-gay activist, and drummer for the band Junkyard Prophet, voted "the second-best unsigned band in the nation" in 1996 by Heaven's Metal magazine." He's also the founder and pastor of of "You Can Run But You Can't Hide International Ministry." He will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Kansas "Freedom Jamboree" which will be a radical right wing hate fest which among other pitchfork types will include "birther" king Joseph Farah and Michelle Bachmann who seems to be joined at the hip to this individual whose offensive invocation, yesterday, before the Minnesota House, forced the MN GOP House Speaker to apologize to the members.
Dean is a former druggie who came to Jesus. After his conversion, he focused his venom against homosexuality which he believes is a federal crime. He claims that gays were responsible for the holocaust.He thinks that the LGBT community, in lobbying for gay marriage, is trying to pave the way for Sharia law in the US. (Honest!) However, he approves of the Sharia law that executes gays and says that Muslim societies who execute gays are more moral than the US. Although he doesn't call for executing gays, he's hoping that God hastens their untimely demise. He claims that gay men will molest 117 people on the average.
Because his "ministry" is anti-drug, schools have invited him to speak and perform. But his gay baiting and other bizarre comments (moon landing was a hoax) have resulted in students walking out and schools having to apologize for his appearance. Until 2010, he was a member of a "Christian Patriot" group that believes in "sovereign citizen" ideology. (Nobody is subject to US laws as they are "sovereign nations.") Dean's group, "The Embassy of Heaven," has been defined, by the DOJ, as an anti-government group. Dr. Tiller's murderer, Scott Roeder, was a member of this group.
Bachmann and Dean are a mutual admiration society. She has actively supported Dean's ministry as part of her effort to promote faith in public schools. She told him that he is "lighting a fire, a fire of the gospel, that would sweep this city, but even more so that it would sweep Minnesota..." In 2009 she delivered a video address to his ministry. She has guest starred in his tv series and "prayed for his ministry to multiply 10 fold." He, at the same time, supports Bachmann.
And yesterday, in Minnesota, pastor Dean prayed: "I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this chamber, it's not about the Baptists, it's not about the Catholics alone, or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans or the Presbyterians or Evangelicals but rather the head of the denomination, and his name is Jesus — as every president up until 2008 has acknowledged, and we pray it in Jesus' name." So in addition to not including Jews and other non Christians, he promoted the right wing meme that Obama is not sufficiently Christian. It was all downhill from there. The Fox News website has an article; but no mention was made of Dean's connection to Bachmann.
I guess we can count on America's "fair & balanced" network to provide scrutiny for this truly vile individual if Bachmann runs for president. Ya think?
Enjoy Bradlee Dean's bravura performance: