In fundraising email, controversial pastor Bradlee Dean complains of 'character assassination'
May 23, 2011 — 7:27pm
Firebrand pastor Bradlee Dean isn't done with the Legislature yet.
After he delivered a divisive prayer that questioned President Barack Obama's beliefs and members check out his history, which including comments read as advocating executions for gay people, he caused an uproar.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers denounced Dean and Republicans and social conservatives blocked Dean from returning to the Capitol for a press conference.
But in blog post Friday and in an email sent Monday, he showed he isn't moving on.
"We certainly didn't start this fight but we are more than willing to respond!" Dean wrote in an email that asks for contributions. "The liberal-biased media has taken this a step further and initiated a full-scale character assassination, attempting to inflict serious damage to the ministry and my reputation."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."