Anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean stopped from speaking at Florida high school

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, February 15, 2013 18:54 EDT
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A Florida high school barred controversial preacher Bradlee Dean from speaking on campus, reported Talking Points Memo. He was invited by a student school group.

According to an attorney for Dean and his organization, the principal of the school in Boca Raton, Fla., held concerns over dean’s anti-gay stance and so stopped the event. In a video uploaded to YouTube by a Bradlee Dean group, the man identified as the principal says, “This is a school, and there’s a procedure,” then, “They probably approved it, but I haven’t seen it, and that’s what I do. I have to approve these things,” although the video claims that the event was “pre-approved.”

The lawyer, Liberty Counsel’s Horatio Mihet, said preventing Dean from speaking violates the First Amendment.

Dean is no stranger to controversy, however. An appearance at an Iowa school in 2012 — during which he showed pictures of aborted fetuses and promoted anti-gay messages — also stoked anger.

He also filed a lawsuit against MSNBC host Rachel Maddow after she reported on comments he made regarding Muslims, who he said were more religious than American Christians since they were “calling for the execution for homosexuals.” In fact, Maddow and MSNBC asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed because it was an attempt to infringe on free speech. A court ordered Dean to pay Maddow’s legal bills over the lawsuit.

In Minnesota, he delivered a prayer in 2011 on the state House floor, during which he questioned President Obama’s Christianity.

You can watch the video, via BdeanSonsofLiberty, below.

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