Bradlee Dean is poison to the young, but he has help

Church leaders are fully aware that most converts to Christianity come between the ages of 4-14.  Once kids are past the point of being biologically programmed to reason on their own and to no longer trust adults, it’s much harder to convince them that someone rose from the dead.

This is why there are so many attempt made by evangelists to worm their way into public schools.  One of the most infamous of these types is the notoriously dishonest Bradlee Dean.  Well, he’s at it again.

Dean’s band — Junkyard Prophet, a Christian heavy metal/rap group — performed at Dunkerton High School on Thursday and then split the audience up into several groups: boys, girls and teachers. They reportedly told the girls that they would have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins, advised them to take a submissive role in their marriages and showed images of aborted fetuses.

Those at the school who walked out on the program were mocked and shouted down, the WCF Courier reports.

We’ve come to expect this from Dean.  He’s a liar who asserts he wants to get Christianity into public schools despite laws forbidding it.  So let’s turn our attention to the people who should be expected to do better, the ones who should be expected to know the laws and are employed to see they are obeyed.

Administrators, teachers and students did not get what they expected Thursday during an extended school program.

Everyone anticipated the message from Junkyard Prophet, a traveling band based in Minnesota, to be about bullying and making good choices. Instead, junior and senior high students at Dunkerton High School and faculty members said they were assaulted by the group’s extreme opinions on homosexuality and images of aborted fetuses.

Surprised?  I just googled Bradlee Dean’s name.  Here’s the first thing that came up: it’s his site.

Bradlee Dean is the founder and executive director of the non-profit ministry, YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE INTERNATIONAL, that has reached over 500,000 youth with a message of truth and hope in schools across the country.

That’s illegal.  That should nullify him as an option for assemblies in the mind of any responsible administrator outright.

Here’s the fourth article that comes up (#2 was for his ministry and #3 was the wikipedia article on his ministry).

EXECUTING HOMOSEXUALS IS MORAL: Dean is suing over a clip pulled from his radio show in May 2010. In it, he cited that Sharia Law calls for the execution of homosexuals, which he praised as being “more moral” than American Christianity. He also made the absurd claim that “On average, [homosexuals] molest 117 people before they’re found out”:

DEAN: Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.

- INCARCERATING GAYS IS MORAL: Only a week later, Dean was broadcasting live from the Heritage Foundation, and he and his ministry’s co-leader, Jake McMillian, praised Malawi for arresting a gay couple who got engaged:

MCMILLIAN: They are very conservative. They sentence people for crimes against nature.

DEAN: They are very moral; they uphold the laws.

MCMILLIAN: We have got countries all over the world that are standing for what’s right and what’s wrong. In Rwanda, there’s legislation right now that repeat offenders of homosexuality will spend their life in prison.

DEAN: Yes!

The administrators who brought in Dean are either too incompetent to do their jobs properly since they clearly didn’t even google this guy, or they are too dishonest to do their jobs properly.

There are countless Christian groups attempting to seize control of captive audiences in our public schools.  They’re an extension of the same mindset that drove the residents of Cranston, RI to beg the city to use education dollars to fight the law so they could keep religion in public schools.  It is useless to ask them to obey the law.  To them, god’s law supersedes the parts of the Constitution with which they disagree.  But they can’t get in without getting handed the keys by the same administrators charged with protecting their students from those seeking to prey on the young.  If administrators were doing their job, the Bradlee Deans and B-Shocs of the world wouldn’t be a problem.  When those administrators fail that charge we should bring the full weight of the law crashing down on them.  Our schools are for learning, they are not an extension of any church.

And what do you know, I get paid to bring the thunder to high school administrators who step out of line on this.  If you know of anything like this happening, contact me.

Ed Brayton has commented on this as well.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • justsomeguy

    He’s King of the Tools, but I always appreciated the name he gave his ministry… “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” is really accurate for what he says god is like. It’s just a touch more approachable than “God Is Coming To Get You! Boogity Boogity Boogity!”

    • stat freak

      I could not help but read your first sentence and stop.
      Can you please provide your data analysis. You state ages 4-14. I could easily prove that your claim is way off but I am sure your research is very presise perhaps scientific.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      I love stats.

      • JT Eberhard

        Your sarcasm makes me really enjoy providing you what you want (and what you clearly didn’t think existed and didn’t take two seconds to google).

        Straight from the horse’s mouth.

        • LF

          Good for you, helping stat freak out. Now freak knows to email the International Bible Society, the Nazarene Church Growth Research and the Barna Research Group to find out about how they did their data analysis.

          Hopefully after freak goes through it they’ll post back and tell us how rigorous it is. Then we’ll know if church leaders are using good or bad conclusions to target their evangelism.

        • ash

          tee hee, that makes “stat freak” just “freak”

          I know you’ve thought of this JT, but have you thought about creating a whistle blower website where kids in any school can anonymously can report illegal and or intimidating practices. Not everyone can be Jessica Alquist as you well know, and they shouldn’t have to be. Even she shouldn’t have had to be her…and…wait I’m confusing myself. Maybe high school secular student alliances spreading the url in other schools,especially grade school and secondary/Jr. high. But like I said, this just occured to me so you tought of this LONG ago.

      • otrame

        “I love stats.”

        But you apparently either don’t love the English language or are too lazy and imprecise to spell “precise” correctly.

  • Ing: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream So I Comment Instead

    How the hell did no one stop this assembly when things started going tits up? If I honestly get a band together and get a gig at a school, could we just go into blatant ranting and politicizing and no one would stop us?

    • Anteprepro

      If I honestly get a band together and get a gig at a school, could we just go into blatant ranting and politicizing and no one would stop us?

      Only if you’re Christian and/or conservative, because that’s just wholesome and TROOFful, even if the political agenda was conveniently hidden and the rants a “little” over the line and radical. The heart’s in the right place. But if you’re a godless heathen and/or a librul, then you better believe that your ass would be out of the auditorium fucking quick-like. Schools are no place for demon-worshiping socialist ideologues, lying to administration and trying to convert our children to their radical agendas! That’s the job that only “good”, Bible-thumpin’, Reagan-humpin’ “salt of the earth” types are allowed to have.

  • Karl

    I live in the area and my wife is currently in graduate classes with a teacher who is employed by the school. She told my wife the superindentendent is a fairly vocal god botherer so I’m guessing the line he didn’t know anything about it was pure bullshit. On the upside, many students and teachers walked out of the assembly.