MICHIGAN: Court Rules Against Anti-Gay Church Who Sued Man For Sign Saying They “Believe In Love”

Michigan Live reports:

A judge dismissed Jenison Bible Church’s lawsuit against a gay man who displayed a sign implying the church supported same-sex marriage. Daniel VanderLey asked area churches to take a public stand against Bradlee Dean, an advocate for traditional marriage, who was speaking at a “God and Country” event at Jenison Center for the Arts.

VanderLey, who contended the talk would be hate-speech, asked churches to join the protest, contact his website and demand it “stand down,” and presumably face negative publicity, or do nothing, and his organization would print signs indicating the church’s opposition to Dean, court records showed.

Jenison Bible Church, or JBC, did not respond to VanderLey’s demand. During the June 11, 2015, event, organized by Brian Klawiter, the anti-gay owner of Dieseltec repair shop, VanderLey caused a sign to be displayed suggesting that Jenison Bible Church was opposed to Dean’s message and supportive of same-sex marriage. The sign read, “Jenison Bible Church Believes in Love,” VanderLey said.

The ruling declares that churches are “artificial entities have no emotions or mental senses that can be legally offended.” A spokesman for the church says they won’t pursue an appeal because VanderLey, who definitely still needs Jesus, has “learned his lesson.”

RELATED: In 2012 Bradlee Dean was ordered to pay legal fees to Rachel Maddow after he sued her for $50M over, he claimed, her mischaracterization of his position on executing homosexuals. Nutjob lawyer Larry Klayman represented Dean in the case. Dean has claimed that the average gay man molests “117 people before they’re found out.”

  • Steverino

    “But churches are people, my friend!”

  • Jmdintpa

    wont somebody think of the children ! goddammit

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Church Elders: How dare he hold up a sign insinuating we believe in love!!
    We are good Christians!!!

    • Tawreos

      Perhaps they should have thought that one through

    • JT

      According to christofascists, “love” means “hate”, dontchaknow.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Dontchaknow? Are you from Minnesota?

        • JT

          No. But I did watch The Golden Girls recently.

          • Mike_in_the_Tundra

            My late husband attended St. Olaf College.

          • Stogiebear

            My God! You could hardly walk across that campus without tripping over a Lutheran Hymnal!

  • AtticusP

    Right. Because why would a church ever believe in love?

  • Rex

    When did the word love start to stir up so much hate?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      That’s been true of every organized religion throughout history.
      They see controlling love and sexuality as a means to power.
      (But not for paganism and some versions of Buddhism.)

    • Ben in Oakland

      Right about when they decided that a god who murdered people for the crime of pissing against a wall, and who murdered his own son to atone for his own incompetence as a creator, was actually love personified.

  • Rex

    The average gay man molests 117 people?
    Damn, I’m way below average.

    • BearEyes

      hate it when that happens

    • Ben in Oakland

      You can molest me if you want to work on your average. Just don’t tell my husband.

      • Rex

        Does it count as molestation if you’re invited to do it?

        • Ben in Oakland

          It’s just what we’ll tell my husband.

        • David Walker

          Depends on whether there’s any fun involved.

          • Crystal Lynn Barcklay

            can anyone say consenting adult 3 sum at work here. lol jk

    • greenmanTN

      Maybe you need a conveyor belt?

      • Rex

        Only if it moves really slow, I’m old.

        • greenmanTN

          Roller skates?

          • Rex

            Roller skates and lube are not a good combination.

          • greenmanTN

            Please. don’t tell me me can’t pull off a Hamill camel in your sleep. 😉

          • Rex

            No, but back in the day I could pull off her hairdo. I pulled it off every night and put it on the wig stand.

          • greenmanTN

            I’m sure you really rocked that look. 😉

    • Frostbite

      You aren’t the only one. I’ve got 117 to go!

    • NancyP

      He meant “the average gay man disses 117 poorly dressed people”

      • Stubenville

        … a week.

        Sterling: Two cappuccinos. Thank you, darling. Big kiss. The earring – fun… last year.


      • Rex

        That’s on a daily basis.

    • edrex

      hmmmm.. what if it’s consensual? and shared?

      • David Walker
        • edrex

          let me be clear. “Consensual” REQUIRES AGE of consent.

          • David Walker

            I feel as if I’m being reprimanded or chastised for something and I don’t know what. Is the guy underage? My guess was that he’s in his late teens, well beyond 16 or, for the other states, 18. The young guy is a hustler and he and the the other party are negotiating an evening of bdsm enjoyment. That strikes me as consent for both people. I would not have posted this if I thought the guy in the picture was under the age of consent. I thought I was illustrating your point. So…where did I goof?

          • edrex

            not at all. the youth of the model just triggered a little reactivity. sorry for seeming to be reprimanding. in my head my remark was the sort of lighthearted yet cautious comment i might make to any of my friends who um… notices youthful beauty. i really wasn’t aiming to be scolding.

          • David Walker

            Thank you for the explanation. I just came across that picture earlier today and thought it would apply in a humorous way. “Consent” and “Safe word”…it didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. But not to worry. I see what you mean.

  • Rex

    If churches don’t pay taxes they shouldn’t be allowed to file lawsuits.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “We, the oppressed don’t pay taxes because we have been suppressed & demonized all our history. Most recently, the gay mafia.”

      • Crystal Lynn Barcklay

        omg you don’t know what repression is until your very genetic existence and creation is put into question abused and murdered for it. when was the last time a evangelical personal being was denied. when was the last time a evangelical personal being was abuse simply for being born. When was last time a evangelical basic human right not religious rights but human rights was denied simply because you was born. and when the last time a evangelical was murdered simply they was born and dared to love or have own opinion as to how they choose to live their life or who they was created and born as by God! Get off your high and mighty horse you have absolutely no clue of what repression is and what it is to be persecute and to be in fear of your life simply for being born who you are. No individual in any religion in the world knows what it is like to be persecuted for their genetic make up and simply being born and having the audacity to want to love and live their life as they chose to not as they was taught to by some religious organization not for their their beliefs and actions. A evangelical cab choose to change the religion they follow and member of the LGBTQ community can’t choose what genetics they have or weather they was born with male and female sex organs or male and female hormones or even weather they have xxx or xxy chromosomes. so get real. You don’t want to feel persecuted for the religion YOU CHOSE TO BE A PART OF THEN CHANGE YOUR DAMN CHOICE OF RELIGION IT IS A HELL OF A LOT EASIER TO DO THAT THEN TO CHANGE HOW GOD CREATED YOU. and no I am not gay but I was persecuted by my family simply because I was born a girl so yes I understand to some degree the persecution those in the LGBTQ goes through the difference is I was able to grow up and escape my family a LGBTQ person cant escape who they are and how religious bigots treat them. So like I said get the heck off your high and mighty horse. and either choose a less persecuted religion or accept some people just don’t like your CHOICE of religion or what it stands for.

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  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    …so Jesus doesn’t love everyone?

    • Walter Maerlyn

      He might, but He commanded that His followers must hate everyone, including themselves.

      Luke 14:26

      “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and
      children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person
      cannot be my disciple.”

  • 117? man, i’m *way* behind the curve…

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Tidbit: The word Sabbath is used 117 times in the Old Testament.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the energy.

  • greenmanTN

    You just know that a “God and Country” event is going to end in tears.

  • Boreal
    • clay

      . . . another one who peaked before he was 27 years old.

    • Gabe Davis

      I got his ass kicked off Walmart property in Maple Grove and Elk River, Minnesota when his group set up a table trying to collect funds for his cause. Walmart was shocked to find out that he and his evil group were anti-gay. They looked at his site and researched him on line. It has been 5 years since this has happened and they have never been seen anywhere since.

    • William

      Grow up.

      • Boreal


    • RoFaWh

      Where do assholes like him find their “fashion sense”?

  • Sam_Handwich

    The ruling declares that churches are “artificial entities have no emotions or mental senses that can be legally offended.”


    • Michael White

      but corporations have free speech to buy elections.

      • Chris Baker

        Corporations are a big bundle of emotions and sensitivities.

    • RoFaWh

      The same is true of the believers and clergy, when you come down to it.

  • bkmn

    Watch as they turn this into a major money beg, and conveniently before the pastor takes a vacation to some tropical islands that function as tax havens.

  • Rex

    Nothing says persecution like being accused of believing in love.

  • JT

    Always love that “traditional”/”biblical” marriage palaver.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Boreal
      • Friday

        Those “Christian Relief workers” spent more time and money on advertising themselves and demonizing Voudouisants than anything resembling real aid.

        • Boreal

          Just disgusting.

          • Friday

            Kind of a cult tactic: they make their own do things to make them reviled, say it’s ‘being persecuted’ when they go out of their way to be disgusting and piss people off by being nasty to them. In their scheme this is supposed to justify anything they do to people.

      • RoFaWh

        Too bad cannibalism is now “out”. Put that fat porker on a (strong) skewer and roast him overnight, and he’d give the entire district at least one serving of high quality protein.

    • Rick Zajac

      Preach the Word of God, but don’t actually live it. That would require time, money and effort. I’m sure the missionaries are way too busy for that handing out Bibles.

    • CottonBlimp

      Gotta be honest here, that Bible looks pretty photoshopped to me.

  • boatboy_srq

    Gun-toting Capitalist Jeebus is Love*

    (*excludes Godless Liebrul IslamoFascoSoshulists, single women (especially pregnant single women), hoam’seckshuls, Blah people, Brown people, immygrunts, and anyone caught without his papers)

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    How many people does the average orange shitgibbon molest before he’s found out?

    • boatboy_srq

      Has to be fewer than 7 billion, and probably below 330 million: under that number though, it’s anyone’s guess.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Puckfair52

    When was Bradlee Dean anything other than a TURD?

  • Ninja0980

    Boy, can’t you feel that Christian love?

  • JeffreyMGr

    But how many does the average Catholic priest molest before he’s caught, and moved to another parish. And caught again. And moved to another parish. (Rinse & repeat)

  • ericxdc

    churches are “artificial entities.” best. ruling. ever.

  • HZ81

    Sad and hilarious, then back to sad, but then back to hilarious.

    If only someone had the sense thousands and thousands of years ago to say, “You know, this religion stuff is hella-stupid. Let’s stop it before it grows.”

  • MB
  • Matthew Delemos

    Hm, never molested anyone in my life, because I understand what churchy McFool doesn’t. He worships a raping mysoginist murderering tyrant of a dirty. Consent isn’t part of his fantasy series.

    • Matthew Delemos


      Curse you, autocorrect!

  • Kenster999

    The ruling declares that churches are “artificial entities have no emotions or mental senses that can be legally offended.” But corporations are people!

  • a23l60rol7

    I’m at 116…however..”give me 5 minutes more…only 5 minutes more”..lol

  • rusty57

    Jenison. So white, so right and so fucked up.

  • Paula

    Before they’re found out? WTF? Are you guys secretly some clandestine creature from Supernatural?

  • shivadog

    That is some bullshit reporting. “Bradlee Dean, an advocate for traditional marriage” That’s like calling Hitler “an advocate for traditional values”

    • MDixon34

      Just the term “traditional marriage” is so vague.

      • shivadog

        And he isn’t supporting anything. He is against equal rights for gay people, and if I remember correctly, the right of gay people to exist. To call that “an advocate for traditional marriage” is some serious Orwellian bullshit.

      • RoFaWh

        It’s code for “male-female, heterosexual marriages, nothing else”.

  • teeveedub

    Slightly O/T, but thanks, Joe, for posting some stories with an element of hope. There are so many days lately with nothing but jaw-droppingly bad news that everything seems pretty bleak. I need occasional reminders that not everyone in the world is completely insane. 😜

  • JCF