I can’t imagine why any school is still allowing Bradlee Dean and his merry band of bigoted jerks to hold school assemblies to preach their twisted religious barbarism to students, but a school in Iowa did just that recently. The result was absolutely predictable:
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…
Stanton said some of the messages ran counter to the district’s mission of acceptance and tolerance. He acknowledged he’d made “a poor decision” and said he would work to reverse the effects of what was said.
Another report on the assembly includes more detail:
“They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” said Jennifer Littlefield, a parent upset with the band’s performance.
Her daughter, Alivia Littlefield, 16, is a junior, and called Littlefield after the event.
“I couldn’t even understand her, she was crying so hard,” Littlefield said.
Littlefield also did not appreciate what she described as gay bashing.
“They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” she said. “It just blows me away that no one stopped this.” …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.
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.
Manahl is concerned about what comes next. She hopes administrators and teachers reach out to “students who don’t fit in.”
“There are students in that school who are homosexual and they need to be protected,” she said.
Littlefield isn’t sure where officials go from here. But she is certain some repair work is in order.
“Something definitely has to be done to make the situation better,” she said.
The district is trying to recover the fee paid to Junkyard Prophet, Stanton said. According to other sources, the band typically receives $1,500 per performance.
Do you not have a computer, Mr. Stanton? Have you never heard of Google? This is a guy who says that Muslims are even more moral than most American Christians because they kill gay people like the Bible says. Any school principal or administrator who lets them in to a school at this point should be fired.