Bradlee Dean’s Reaction

Another reaction to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings that I was eagerly awaiting was that of Bradlee Dean, the not-too-bright Minnesota evangelist and mediocre rock drummer. Like so many others, he did not disappoint with inane rhetoric like this:

This morning, the Supreme Court once again usurped their authority by committing an abomination (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9, Romans 1:24, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Jude 1:7) when unlawfully wading outside of their jurisdiction and meddling with the God-ordained definition of marriage. A 5-4 ruling has overturned key parts of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). The Supreme Court also dismissed an appeal made by 7 million people of California who twice voted to ban homosexual marriage in their state (Prop 8), claiming their appeal “has no standing.”

I really do find this claim that marriage is defined by God in the Bible to be quite amusing. They do realize that other cultures had marriage long before anyone there had even heard of the Bible, right? No, they probably don’t. He went on to declare that this is all part of a “planned agenda aimed at fundamentally destroying, not transforming, America.” America is going to be destroyed, people! Which makes the last line of this post all the more hilarious:

Think Overturning Doma is bad? You should see what MSNBC and Rachel Maddow did to Bradlee Dean.

Come on, that’s funny. “This is going to destroy America! But if you think that’s bad, you should see what MSNBC did to Bradlee Dean! It’s so much worse!” You know what Rachel Maddow did to him? Nothing. She quoted him saying that Muslims are more moral than American Christians, quotes she got from my former employer, the American Independent News Network, and our terrific reporter Andy Birkey (Dean sued AINN too). He said on his radio show:

“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.”

Pretty clear, isn’t it? Birkey quoted him saying this. So did Maddow. Now he’s suing for defamation because they accurately said that he said this. He’s already been ordered to pay their legal fees in one court because they wanted the case moved to a venue without an anti-SLAPP law. Oh, you know who his lawyer is? Larry Klayman. Now that may be worse than America being destroyed.

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  • “This morning, the Supreme Court once again usurped their authority…”

    usurp verb 1.To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means. 2.To use and assume the coat of arms of another person. 3. (obsolete) To make use of

    Definitions 1 and 2 apply only when someone seizes power or identity from someone else; you cannot usurp your own authority. So Dean must be using the obsolete definition (a Christian using something that is obsolete? Say it ain’t so!) and is annoyed that the Supreme Court once again used authority that belongs to the Supreme Court.

    “I really do find this claim that marriage is defined by God in the Bible to be quite amusing.”

    Ed, you forget the most amusing aspect of this: polygamy and concubinage were the norm in the Bible. Even Paul said that clergy must be the husband of only one wife, implying that polygamy was still common in his day and that it was fine for laypeople.

  • matty1

    committing an abomination (..) when unlawfully wading outside of their jurisdiction

    Nooo, not unlawful wading, anything but that!!!!1111!!

  • some bastard on the net

    …usurped their authority…

    They stole their own authority?

    …when unlawfully wading outside of their jurisdiction and meddling with the God-ordained definition of marriage.

    What’s next, a ruling saying that women can’t be forced to marry their rapists? Madness, I tell you!!

  • Bradlee Dean is a brilliant debater, too. I chided him on his Facebook page for some blather about separation between church and state. I pointed out that “God” appears nowhere in the Constitution. He said, “No, because in your ignorance you forget to read the seedbed called the Declaration of Independence.” Oh, right!

  • shadowwalkyr

    They do realize that other cultures had marriage long before anyone there had even heard of the Bible, right? No, they probably don’t.

    Actually, they probably do, but admitting that doesn’t allow them to soak the rubes for funds, so that’s the end of that.

  • @Zeno #4 – The Declaration of Independence? Let me check.

    “… Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…. they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”

    That’s it; not even the formulaic “in the year of our Lord.”

    If you really want to see heads explode, point out that “Nature’s God” far better describes the Horned God of Wicca than the Christian god, and that “Creator” could just as easily mean Allah, Vishnu, Enki, Ptah or any other creator god.

  • Curt Cameron

    Besides his hilarious usage of “usurped,” there’s this:

    “…because these people are livid about enforcing their laws.”

    They’re really really angry about having to enforce their own laws? Huh? Bradlee just has a way with, uhh, those word things.

  • John Pieret

    destroying America

    As has been pointed out before (sorry, I can’t remember who) if it is Bradlee Dean’s “version” of America, what can anyone say but ‘yippee’?

  • Randomfactor

    Gregory, more likely they’re referring to this part:

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions,

    I usually explain that the Declaration is the sales brochure, written specifically with ambiguous language to attract the rubes. The Constitution is the actual operating manual.

    Dean fell for the demo.

  • yoav

    Poor wittle Bradlee, the mean lady on TV was snarky at him and hurt his feewing, this is obviously much worse then him calling on her to be put to death. Maybe he can ask Putin for an asylum they just pass a law that make it illegal to even talk about gay people, I’m sure he would love it there.

  • @Randomfactor #9 – Ah, so the Framers were talking about Maat, or maybe Marduk. Glad we got that cleared up 🙂

  • hunter

    @ Gregor #11 — or it could have been Raven, but as I recall, he didn’t actually create the world — he found it in a pot.

    By the way — ever notice how many “creator” gods are also tricksters? Something to bear in mind.

  • kantalope

    And the first result of the Declaration of Independence was the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution was the “well that sure didn’t work out” plan-b.

    Oddly enough – the Articles of Confederation refers to the ‘Great Governor of the World’ and we all know how often that terminology appears in the bible.

  • marcus

    Seems like they went out of their way to not say “God”.