Administrators at a small Iowa high school hired a certified anti-gay hate group to teach students at a special assembly this week. “Junkyard Prophet,” the Christian youth ministry rock band that is an integral part of the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” hate group, on Thursday delivered their anti-abortion and anti-gay message to junior and senior high school students and faculty. News reports state that students and parents were angered that Dunkerton High School subjected the children to three hours of Junkyard Prophet’s hate-filled messages.
You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, also known as You Can Run International, was formally declared an anti-gay hate group this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released its annual report Thursday, the same day the group “performed.” In fairness, while school administrators could not have know the group’s hate group status, they easily could have known what the students were going to be subjected to had they done any basic research, i.e., Googled “Junkyard Prophet,” “Bradlee Dean,” or ”You Can Run But You Cannot Hide.”
But the very fact that a public school used public funds (an estimated $1500) to hire a Christian ministry is disconcerting at best, and begs a call for investigation.
“The school superintendent in Dunkerton apologized after a Thursday school assembly featuring a Christian rock group turned into group discussions against abortion and homosexuality,” the Indianapolis Star reports:
Jim Stanton had invited the band Junkyard Prophet, and he expected a message to students about provocative lyrics in music and making good choices.
Junkyard Prophet is part of an Annandale, Minn., nonprofit group called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, which promotes itself as a Christian ministry.
Students said the assembly started well with music, as well as a message focusing on how some music can have a bad influence on kids. The event then switched to a discussion on gays and abortion, students said. Comments about homosexuality were offensive to some students, including seventh-grader Adam Manahl.
“I wanted to walk out. But I’m like, ‘Keep your calm, listen to what they have to say,’ ” he said.
The LaCrosse Tribune adds:
During the breakout session, the young men learned the group’s thoughts on the U.S. Constitution and what one Prophet referred to as its “10 commandments.” The leader also showed images of musicians who died because of drug overdoses, including Elvis Presley.
Members of the group blasted other performers, like Toby Keith, for their improper influence.
The girls, meanwhile, were told to save themselves for their husbands and assume a submissive role in the household. According to witnesses, the leader in that effort also forced the young ladies to chant a manta of sorts about remaining pure.
Those who walked out or attempted to confront the speakers were shouted down or ridiculed as disrespectful, according to students.
Heidi Manahl, Littlefield’s sister, also had a student at the assembly. She, too, was appalled by Junkyard Prophet’s message and tactics.
“I’ve never had so many young women come up to me crying because of what was said to them. They were bullied by these people and forced to sit there and told to be quiet,” Manahl said.
Stanton spoke to the student body again at day’s end, emphasizing the positive aspects of the group’s message. But he also told students the presenters shared “an opinion about intolerance that’s not in line with the beliefs of the Dunkerton Community Schools.”
“We promote tolerance for one another,” Stanton said. “We will continue to celebrate diversity in our student body.”
Littlefield said she appreciates that the administration has accepted responsibility for the assembly, which clearly went awry.
“But the damage has been done. You let these people stay in the school for three hours,” she added.
The anti-gay hate group “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” (YCRBYCHI) was founded by Bradlee Dean, a Minnesota-based Christian metal rocker and Christian minister, who reportedly has close ties to GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Bachmann headlined a fundraiser for Dean, even after he earned the dubious distinction of being the only minister ever to be stopped from completing the opening prayer in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Dean, in May last year, “questioned President Barack Obama’s commitment to Jesus.” The Speaker of the House formally denounced Dean’s very presence in the House after his unpatriotic attack.
One year prior, in 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote:
On a May 15 radio show, the ministry’s front man, Bradlee Dean, applauded the call of some Muslims for violence against gay people. “Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America,” Dean said. “This just shows you … they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians… . They know homosexuality is an abomination.”
And in October of that same year, The Minnesota Independent reported this about Bradlee Dean:
The head of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, a hard rock ministry that holds Christian assemblies in public schools, told radio listeners on Saturday that efforts to create a more tolerant climate at Anoka-Hennepin School District in the aftermath of six suicides, three by gay youth, were actually efforts by homosexuals to “go after the kids.” Bradlee Dean also stated that “one in twenty homosexuals is a child molester.”
“We were just talking about the homosexual indoctrination… I am tired of this. I’m tired of these people. I’m tired of trying to be civil with criminals,” Dean said, repeating a familiar theme of recent shows. “The state-run media is going after the schools for resisting the homosexual indoctrination. The homosexuals are now blaming — they are playing the victims — the homosexuals are now blaming their stance as the reason that young homosexuals are committing suicide because of the schools’ intolerance to the lifestyle of homosexuality.”
He added, “They are not taking responsibility; they are blaming the schools for their intolerance.”
“I’m tired of this. Why do they go after the schools so hard? Why do they want the kids?”
He said that the LGBT students in the school aren’t LGBT but just experimenting.
“The reason the homosexual kids… by the way they aren’t actually gay. They are just trying a new lifestyle because they got these perverts in front of them trying to teach them something,” said Dean.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District has seen six suicides in the district over the last year. LGBT community members in the district say that at least three of those were LGBT students who had been bullied. The mother of one of those students, Tammy Aaberg, has been pressing for change in the district. She found her son dead in his room on July 9.
Finally, in January of this year, Dean had this to say about President Obama:
This individual is at war with America as you know it. He stated election eve 2008 that he wanted to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” He purposes to demoralize, pervert, weaken, and overthrow America and our Constitution, with marriage and our children in his sights. He told the Department of Justice not to defend marriage (DOMA); he appointed an education czar who wanted to queerify the elementary; and he even went so far as to repeal the law that prevents sodomy and bestiality in our military when he signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Does not Barack know that Government’s whole purpose is to restrain men from sin (breaking the laws of our Mosaic Institution) and to “ensure our rights” (Thomas Jefferson). It is not to advocate that which God condemns (as well as the American people) and not to take away our God-given rights, only in turn to give us privileges through Barack’s good graces. Apparently he doesn’t understand that “governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” It is “We the People” not “Barack and his unlawful administration.” 7 million people in California and 31 states have already made very clear that marriage is to be upheld the way God commanded – between a man and a woman.
You can contact Dunkertown Schools Superintendent James Stanton here.
Image of Bradlee Dean via YouTube video above.
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