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Zealots Delivered Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Message In Public School Assembly

ImgresBefore Dunkerton High School in Iowa agreed to allow the band Junkyard Prophet to run an assembly for its students -- and certainly before the school's officials agreed to produce the band's fee, which is ordinarily $1,500 -- school officials really ought to have run the band's name through Google.

If they had, they'd have realized that Junkyard Prophet is the proselytizing apparatus of You Can Run But You Can't Hide Ministries, a Christianist group with a message precisely as vengeful and violent as its name suggests.

The band's founder, officials would have learned, is drummer Bradlee Dean: the lugubrious beatmaker who called Barack Obama a heathen while delivering an opening prayer at the Minnesota State House, and who occasionally suggests that Christians should take their cues on gay rights from conservative, sharia-abiding Muslims

But the school officials did no such Googling, and Junkyard Prophet appeared at the school on Thursday. They performed a concert, and then divided the school into three break-out groups: One for boys, one for girls, and one for teachers. (That may well mean that these angry zealots were left alone with the students after virtually no official screening at all.) From the Lacrosse Tribune:

"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."

Alivia was only one of many students left in tears by the band's breakout sessions (which, in addition to encouraging young girls to safeguard their virginity, reminded them to remain subservient to their future husbands). After Junkyard Prophet left the campus, an apparently sheepish Superintendent Jim Stanton addressed the school, emphasizing the "positive aspects of the group's message." But, according to the Tribune:

... 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."

Nevertheless, it seems that students who attempted to depart Junkyard Prophet's breakout sessions were "shouted down" or "ridiculed as disrespectful" -- whether by school staff or by band members is unclear.

Dunkerton High has requested that Junkyard Prophet return their honorarium. 

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  1. It's usually the student body who invite bands and other entertainers and it comes out of fundraising activities. My school SGA foolishly thought they could raise money to get the White Stripes to come.

    Posted by: Rin | Mar 10, 2012 11:44:05 PM

  2. We cannot stop other people in crticizing other people by expressing it in many manner it is due to because of we are currently living in a free world whereby we can express our self and feelings freely.

    Posted by: Jem | Mar 11, 2012 12:44:27 AM

  3. You can express yourself in many means like Rin said.

    Posted by: JemElle | Mar 11, 2012 12:46:53 AM

  4. RIN - + 1

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 11, 2012 12:47:11 AM

  5. A- SOMEONE AT THE SCHOOL knew these guys were far right, although maybe they did not know how far, and certainly heads should roll for not looking at Youtube first. It is LAUGHABLE to think teachers or administrators were too old for Youtube -- maybe too "Christian"

    Pop singer Rihanna has been known to embrace and admire extremely homophobic musicians like Beenie Man. Why hasn't towleroad criticized Rihanna?

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 11, 2012 1:26:27 AM

  6. Next year they shoudl invite "Jason" to give them a three-hour rant.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 11, 2012 10:20:41 AM

  7. The organization that heads this musical group, You Can Run But You Can't Hide has made the new ***HATE GROUP*** List by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    This school invited a ***HATE GROUP*** to "teach" it's students. There has to be more repair than simply the Principal saying, "Ooops I'm sorry"

    I am not jumping to the conclusion that the Principal knew in advance since the band previouslyw as tehre and gave a different message. In other words I can cut the Principal some slack as long as he makes more efforts to repair the situation.

    Posted by: StraightGrandmother | Mar 11, 2012 12:32:42 PM

  8. This should provide a lot of "teachable moments" for the kids.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 11, 2012 1:01:53 PM

  9. What a horrifying story, astonishing and appalling on every conceivable level. Those kids will be telling their psychiatrists, counselors and parole officers about this for decades. The destruction of Christianity appears to be nearing completion. "Sanctified" rape is still rape, and that is exactly what Junkyard Prophet committed, at the invitation of the school . They and the school officials responsible should be savagely lobotomized.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Mar 11, 2012 2:29:36 PM

  10. Do you think that any of the junkyard prophets are virgins? At least their name tells us where they belong. I wonder if some of them are closeted homosexuals? Often our loudest critics are closeted gays.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 11, 2012 10:53:05 PM

  11. If this group had claimed that black people died at age 42 due to their immoral lifestyle there would be a national outrage. But never mind, it's just the dirty homos.
    How is it possible that this puppet of Superintendent Jim Stanton can get away with this like that???
    Where is the contact information (adress/telephone/e-mail/fax) of this High School to let the people there know how we feel about their promotion of hate speech to vulnerable teenagers???

    Posted by: Peter M. | Mar 13, 2012 7:06:43 AM

  12. This is typical of organized religion;.....TODAY'S ORGANIZED RELIGION !!!

    Everyone I know, who is a religious NUT, thinks
    they are perfect in every way. They feel certain they have a stairway,
    paved with pure gold and a special invitation carved in stone for them
    (from GOD) to climb up and join GOD and JESUS in heaven; yet in
    reality they are as evil and corrupt as Satan himself. This is yet
    another reason that I am AGAINST TODAY'S ORGANIZED RELIGION !!!

    People of religious organizations have gone berserk these days and have
    lost their minds over the Gay Community, Gay Marriage and abortion.
    These idiot zealots can't seem to preach about anything else !!! They
    step out of their own sad / ignorant world and go snooping in other
    people's lives, business and bedrooms, where they DO NOT BELONG !!!

    What ever happened to teaching the world about the love of GOD and
    JESUS, love in general, love for yourself and your neighbor, respect
    for your fellow human, respect for our planet and all of it's
    creatures, compassion, charity, helpfulness, caring, understanding and
    encouraging harmony with every person on this planet ???

    I have lived in Tennessee most of my 58 years and have attended church
    most of those years. As a result, I have become an expert on church
    agenda. I hear their ridiculous rhetoric every day of my life here in
    the bigoted, prejudice, judgmental and arrogant south !!!

    There is a church on EVERY CORNER here in Chattanooga, TN and 90% of
    them will drain you dry from contributions, never helping a single
    soul who is in need of help (especially denying help to the disabled
    and elderly) !!! Can you even imagine it ??? How can these seething
    vipers sleep at night???

    Most of these religious ignorant redneck weekend warriors will stand
    right up in your face and tell you that you are going to hell in a hand
    basket. (perhaps they should read Matthew 7:1-10, once more in the
    Bible); yet they live their lives for Satan, doing everything they
    want; from drugs to child molestation, Monday through Saturday.

    The republiCON party preys on these idiots by playing both sides of the
    fence; to gather the maximum number of votes for their side of the
    aisle. They do this by pretending to be for FAMILY VALUES and
    TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE on one hand (to get the religious vote), then on
    the other hand, secretly supporting abortion to get the women's vote
    and supporting Gay Marriage (in-the-closet, to coin a phrase) for
    gathering the massive Gay Community vote . These groups of voters,
    Women and the Gay Community, usually determines the outcome of
    elections these days !!! Also, remember, there are MANY gay people
    who are still in the closet and vote for the candidates that encourage
    advancement of the Gay Community, in addition to the millions who are
    OUT OF THE CLOSET and vote !!!

    When these lying, corrupt and evasive republiCON politicians get
    elected, they will tell the religious community they cannot pass this
    law or that law, for one reason or another. They may pass a few
    unimportant bills, to save face, but for the most part they ignore
    their original agenda. Their real motivation for getting into politics,
    for these republiCON's, is for the wealth and fame that it brings;;
    they could care less about the promises they made,before election day,
    after they take their fake oath of office !!!

    To prove this point, let's look at the republiCON party, UNCOVERED !!!
    This brew of lying satanic angels have had the MAJORITY in government
    MANY times since the day ABORTION was made legal; yet ABORTIONS are
    still legal and still being performed EVERYDAY !!!

    In addition, The Gay Community, that most religious zealots hate and
    make religious war against, win 99.99% of every battle these self
    righteous republican religious righters wage against them. Even
    though the self righteous fight tooth and nail against the Gay
    Community, ,soon there will be ELEVEN (11) states that allow full legal
    GAY MARRIAGE, many hate laws have been passed (completely protecting
    the Gay Community), no more SODOMY LAWS, no DADT, soon no DOMA, gay
    military couples soon to have benefits and very soon a constitutional
    amendment will allow FULL LEGAL GAY MARRIAGE in ALL 50 STATES,
    federally overriding any bans on Gay Marriage that states has
    arrogantly passed to rob the Gay Community of their rights as Americans.

    Finally, A TRUE ( NOT FAKE) Christian does not CONSPIRE AGAINST THEIR
    DEMEAN anyone or any group of people. Instead, they do just the
    opposite; they are a bringer of light, happiness, love, understanding,
    peace and encourage harmony between all people of the world.

    I was always taught by my loving parents and the church I attended,
    that you can always tell a tree by the fruit it bears !!! These trees
    labeled, "Junkyard Prophet", Rev. Marcel Guarnizo. the prejudice untalented actor gone
    preacher, Kirk Cameron, ALL anti-gay hate groups, the conservative
    republiCONS, the bigoted old fashioned pope and most associated with
    organized religion,, are producing negative, nasty, rotten and
    disgusting fruits, that sour in our stomachs as we read the rhetoric
    they spew !!!

    I TELL YOU NOW, there is no one worse and no one lower than a
    so-called-Sunday-only christian religious righter; they crawl like a
    snake through our world, spreading their hateful evilness upon us all


    Posted by: EdofTennessee | Mar 14, 2012 7:01:04 AM

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