Wal-Mart and Salem Communications have severed ties with two entities run by pastor Bradlee Dean, who made headlines last week for a controversial prayer before the Minnesota House of Representatives. David Brauer reports that AM 1280 The Patriot, owned by Christian broadcaster Salem Communications, dropped Dean’s “Sons of Liberty” radio show, and Nick Pinto writes that Wal-Mart has told Dean’s ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, that it can no longer fundraise in the parking lots of its Minnesota locations.
MinnPost’s Brauer notes that Dean was fired from AM 1280 before he gave his controversial speech before the House.
The station pulled Dean after he engaged in a six-minute song mocking African Americans and then likened President Obama to Osama bin Laden.
“For a minister to do that made no sense,” station manager Ron Stone told MinnPost.
Dean is in talks to move to Clear Channel owned KTLK, but that station says that Dean would have to make changes to his show.
City Pages’ Pinto spoke with Wal-Mart about the group’s fundraising activities in front of that retailer’s Minnesota locations, and Wal-Mart said that the ministry falsified information in its application to raise funds at the stores.
“They registered their request to solicit outside the store using a false name,” Walmart spokeswoman Ashley Hardie said. “As soon as we learned the group’s true identity, they were asked to leave.”
Word of Dean’s fundraising at Wal-Mart stores came to a head on Tuesday after Sally Jo Sorenson of Bluestem Prairie noticed them outside the Hutchinson Wal-Mart and attempted to ask ministry employees questions about their fundraising. The ministry refused to answer.