Iowa not cool with Bradlee Dean's public school invasion

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Bradlee Dean has really screwed up the town of Dunkerton, Iowa.

Dean and his Christian-rap-metal troupe, Junkyard Prophet, hosted a supposed "anti-bullying" assembly at the Dunkertown high school last week that literally left some of the kids in tears. Among the more controversial messages delivered by the anti-gay preacher and his cronies: The average lifespan for a gay man is 42, and if women have sex before marriage, they will have "mud on their wedding dresses."

The principal of the school has since resigned, according to the WCF Courier, though school officials say there's no connection.

Earlier this week, a collective of advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, penned an open letter to school administrators, demanding that they be more careful about who is invited to talk to kids. From the letter (in full at the bottom of the post):

It is clear Bradlee Dean's group was not forthcoming in revealing what they would present. School administrators thought the subject matter of the assembly would be "provocative lyrics in music and making good choices." Instead, the group focused on its personal religious and highly controversial views about the Constitution, Christianity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and teen sexual activity.

Veronica Lorson Fowler, communications director for the ACLU-Iowa, says the letter was written out of concern for what was allowed to happen.

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Bradlee Dean's controversial message didn't sit well with some parents in Dunkerton.
"What we wanted to do in the letter was just to make it very clear to school administrators that they need to choose their programs for students very carefully," says Fowler. "That some groups aren't always as up front about what the content of the program is going to be."

Fowler says something as simple as a Google search can be enough. So, Dunkerton high school, let us Google that for you.

Here's that letter in full:

Re: Groups Seeking to Hold Public School Assemblies in Iowa

March 13, 2012

Dear School Administrators and Staff,

We are writing to inform you of a group working in Iowa to invite itself into your school to hold an assembly for your students. We have concerns about this group and their presentations as a presentation given at a public school assembly last week sparked criticism and concerns from students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Iowa schools work hard to create environments where all students feel safe and welcome, where bullying is not tolerated. However, Bradlee Dean's Junkyard Prophets and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide presentations undermine those goals as they are sectarian and divisive.

In hindsight, administrators of the school acknowledge they wish they had completed a more thorough check on Dean and his organization and the school district has since apologized for the assembly. But it is hard to undo some of the harmful effects the event had on students. It is clear Bradlee Dean's group was not forthcoming in revealing what they would present. School administrators thought the subject matter of the assembly would be "provocative lyrics in music and making good choices." Instead, the group focused on its personal religious and highly controversial views about the Constitution, Christianity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and teen sexual activity.

The message presented at assemblies such as this can make students feel uncomfortable, unaccepted, and unsafe. Holding a school-sponsored assembly of this nature also creates the appearance that the school itself is endorsing the message given to students. From both educational and constitutional standpoints, such an endorsement is inappropriate, given that statements made by the group reflected the beliefs of a particular religious sect to the exclusion of others. Both the U.S. and Iowa constitutions prohibit such an endorsement.

Bradlee Dean, Junkyard Prophets, You Can Run but You Cannot Hide and their real purpose can be found easily on the internet. We urge you to continue to gather necessary background information about any group wishing to come into your school and hold assemblies for students. Assemblies like the one last week have no place in our public schools.

Sincerely,
Iowa Safe Schools
www.iowasafeschools.org

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
www.interfaithallianceiowa.org

American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
www.aclu-ia.org

One Iowa
www.oneiowa.org

Iowa Pride Network
www.iowapridenetwork.org

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    GoodWolf
    GoodWolf

    How is it that an ignorant, disturbed sociopath such as Bradlee Dean gets to lead prayer in the MN legislature and speak his stupid, insane **** to so many schools?? I don't get it.

    Patriot1
    Patriot1

    Typical leftist media spin. This article makes it sound like the majority of the people are against Bradlee and his ministry, when in fact the opposite is true; most of the people are FOR him. You guys are trying to make a handful of malcontents and whiners out to be the majority, and that's not the case at all. Why don't you cover the fact that a whole churchful of people in Dunkerton were there in SUPPORT of his ministry, while maybe a dozen crybabies who hate the First Amendment were protesting? Ah, that's what I thought, the truth doesn't fit your agenda! I know Bradlee and Jake and all the rest of the people in their ministry. They're nice people, they don't hate anybody. I don't agree with everything they say, but I defend their right to exercise their religion freely, which applies EVERYWHERE, not just behind the walls of a church. I'm a libertarian, personally I don't believe the government should try and police everybody's sins, they tried that with Prohibition and it didn't work. Let the church preach against sin, that's what they're supposed to do. They cover the other sins as well, such as adultery, fornication, drunkeness, drug abuse, slothfulness, greed, etc. Bradlee and his people are just doing their job. If you don't like what he says, then just let it go in one ear and out the other. It's that simple.  

    TJSWIFT
    TJSWIFT

    So Dean shows up with the Junkyard Prophets, and the ACLU with the Cornhole Prophets are in close pursuit.

    Why would *anyone* send their kid to a government school? Why?

    Research
    Research

    I remember a group like this we visited on a school trip.  Playing music and ripping phone books up. One of our teachers are openly gay and they preached about anti gay and other off the wall things.  She made a good point.  She asked them if they were gay.  They said no.  She said was that a decision you made.  They said yes.  She said, so in order to make a decision you must think of both options.  Therefore you thought about being gay.  I'll never forget that.

    Sandra Fredine
    Sandra Fredine

    This man is from the same maggot infested tree as Michele Bachmann - only difference is she uses botox and he uses a 25 year old picture.

    HotLunch
    HotLunch

    You lost me at "Christian-rap-metal troupe"

    Reality Check
    Reality Check

     Not sure if someone is a bigot?#1 read their screed, in this case the blog of Pastor Track Suit#2 replace words like 'gay', 'lesbian' & 'homosexual' with words like Asian, black or disabled.

    There ya go! It's fun when you read about the hatred he/his weirdo political/evangelical hate fest have towards an openly-black pro agenda woman! My god, the disabled agenda!

    Zorromcgee
    Zorromcgee

    you don't get it. he has every right to preach his twisted take on religion in a church. He does not have the right to take tax dollars and force it on those who don't want it.

    GoodWolf
    GoodWolf

    So you're too cowardly to take a real stand? Well, **** you and **** Bradlee Dean -- a blight on society, and whose religion is a f*****g disgrace to all humanity. If being a "libertarian" includes turning a blind eye to the harm done by idiots like this, then you're no better than he is.

    GoodWolf
    GoodWolf

    Time to take your Haldol.

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