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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. 


Bradlee Dean Announces $50 Million Suit Against Rachel Maddow: VIDEO

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As I mentioned late Tuesday, Christian Metal Rocker and Michele Bachmann ally Bradlee Dean held a press conference yesterday announcing his lawsuit against MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, and Andrew Birkey of the Minnesota Independent for false accusations and defamation over remarks about homosexuals and Sharia Law which he says were misrepresented.

All the background and Maddow clips are HERE.

Watch Dean's press conference in NYC, AFTER THE JUMP...

The American Independent responded to Dean's lawsuit:

The allegations by Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCR) are completely without merit. The American Independent News Network stands firmly behind our news site, The Minnesota Independent; our reporter, Andy Birkey; as well as their reporting on Dean and his ministry. The complaint describes Birkey as taking “a ‘special interest’ in Plaintiffs Dean and YCR because he is a secularist and/or atheist and gay activist with a politically left ideology who despises people of faith.” However, in giving Birkey and The Minnesota Independent first prize for Best Continuing Coverage of their reporting on YCR, the 2010 judges for the Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist’s Page One Awards stated, “the reporter [Birkey] takes a deep-dive with an even-handed approach into a weighty subject sure to provoke controversy from various standpoints. Leads readers to think about serious public policy and constitutional issues.”

We are confident that the courts will agree that this lawsuit is completely frivolous and is a blatant attempt to chill freedom of the press.

As did MSNBC:

This suit is baseless and we stand by our reporting.

Dean and his lawyer canceled an appearance on Michelangelo Signorile's radio show yesterday. Clip.

Watch Dean's press conference in NYC, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Christian Metal Rocker and Bachmann Ally Bradlee Dean Suing Rachel Maddow for $50 Million Over Remarks About Gays, Muslims

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Bradlee Dean, a Christian Metal Rocker who runs You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Ministry, has announced that he is suing Rachel Maddow for $50 million (however, "money is not the issue" according to a press release from his attorney) for false accusations and defamation over remarks about homosexuals and Sharia Law which he says were misrepresented by Maddow.

Dean2 You may recall the segment in which Maddow aired the bit about Dean - it was about then candidate for Governor Tom Emmer and the Target boycott, and Emmer's donations to Dean's ministry.

Watch the segment of Maddow's show in which she discusses Dean (it starts at about 1:39), and Dean's response to the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Dean's attorney in the press release:

In the course of his ministry, Dean once made a statement on radio criticizing his fellow Christians for not taking a stronger stand about the gay rights lobby promoting homosexuality in the schools. He made a strong reference to Muslims taking the issue more seriously in the context of Shariah law, but did not condone their practices. It was Bradlee's intent to focus attention on the issue, not to advocate harm to anyone.
 
Despite the very clear disclaimer by Bradlee Dean on his ministries website and elsewhere regarding the false accusation that he was calling for the execution of homosexuals, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and others seized on and accused Dean on her show of supporting the killing of homosexuals, as is the practice in some radical Islamic countries. This seriously has harmed Dean and the ministry, who pride themselves on respect and love for all people.

Maddowdean Maddow actually did read Dean's disclaimer on the air following her segment. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

The other part of the press release explains that Dean is taking this action because he is a Michele Bachmann ally and Maddow and the left wing are out to bring her down:

In an interview earlier this year, MSNBC's president Phil Griffin admitted that the network, to boost its ratings, caters to the so-called "progressive left". This explains the malicious attacks on Bradlee Dean and his ministry, which are being used to harm the presidential campaign of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is a conservative Christian.
 
In the past, Dean and his ministry have been complemented by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (who prayed for the ministry) for their work in promoting values for the nation's youth. The left wing media's effort to defame Dean is an obvious way to try to harm Bachmann's presidential prospects, who they fear and despise. Other left wing media outlets have followed MSNBC and Maddow in their slanderous efforts. This suit may just be the first in a series of cases meant to protect the fine reputation of Dean and his ministry.

Finally, the press release says: "The lawsuit is filed by attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, in DC Superior Court and seeks in excess of $50 million in damages. However, money is not the issue. 'This case is filed as a matter of principle,' stated Klayman. 'We need more Bradlee Deans in the world and hateful left wing television commentators must be made to respect not only his mission but the law,' he added.

Dean and his attorney are holding a press conference tomorrow at 11 am in NYC, where they will speak.

Watch the segment of Maddow's show in which she discusses Dean (it starts at about 1:39), AFTER THE JUMP...

(thanks to Dave Evans for the clips!)

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