Throwing logic aside, a left-wing petition on the popular website Change.org has taken aim at popular preacher and radio personality Bradlee Dean and his participation in the Minnesota state fair recently.
The petition, started by St. Paul resident Michael Chergosky, claims that You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, Dean’s youth ministry, is “divisive” and should not be invited to the state fair. However, it ignored a multitude of praise from young people and school administrators over the years of YCR’s ministry. Chergosky merely made the oft-heard charge of being a “hate group” simply because Dean promotes a message that sex should be limited to within marriage between one man and one woman.
“It’s all a matter of viewpoint discrimination,” Dean said in reply. “When you uphold the truth of the Bible, you have enemies – Christ himself told us this.”
Dean said that they met scores of young people and others at the Labor Day fair with their positive message, as they have there for eight years. “We met lots of young people who truly appreciated our message of promoting the Constitutional and Biblical values that are at the very root of our country,” Dean said, adding that his rock group Junkyard Prophet is very popular in bringing YCR’s message to schools and public venues around the country.
Indeed, YCR organizers are noting that their ministry has reached out to more than 300 high schools in 36 states. Opposition to it, Dean said, seems to center on a few opponents from either the militant gay community or the left-leaning media.
The Minnesota CBS TV affiliate also took up the claims, citing unnamed critics of YCR’s booth at the fair.
In response to the news report, Dean said, “Are we to believe that it is ‘hate’ to stand up for God’s Word, the laws of our Constitutional republic, for marriage, and for the protection of our children? When does hate ever tell the truth? Love does that.”
“The petition quoted as our critics the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Quoting these as authorities is nothing but laughable,” Dean said.
The SPLC has long been a critic of conservative causes and persons, including some of the most popular ministers in the country. And yet the SPLC is unabashed about its attack on these people, Dean said. Mark Potoc of the SPLC said that “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on… I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”
“It’s true that conservative Americans who really believe in the Constitution and the Bible are being found guilty of ‘thought crimes,’ and their detractors won’t stop until they are completely silenced,” Dean said in reply. “But we won’t stop, because we must preach the truth without compromise.”
SPLC’s tarnished beginnings
The Southern Poverty Law Center has as its mission making money while working hand in glove with the mainstream media to attack America’s foundation using a Communist/Marxist agenda.
The SPLC’s history is tarnished from its beginning. Its founder, lawyer Morris Dees, earned money in 1961 by doing legal work for the Ku Klux Klan. That information alone brings enough red flags to expose SPLC as an illegitimate and anti-American organization.
Dees founded the SPLC in 1971, after the civil rights battle had been won and there was no money left in representing KKK-like groups. He then jumped to the other side of the fence, masquerading as a “civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.”
In 1986, the SPLC’s entire staff quit in protest of Dees’ refusal to “address issues such as homelessness, voter registration and affirmative action – that they considered far more pertinent to poor minorities ….” (Harper’s Magazine).
Change.org dominated by liberals
Change.org, which was started in 2007 as an advocacy group and has been funded by liberal activist George Soros, has 20 million subscribers and has long been pushing liberal causes. Although it changed its policy to allow conservative advertising a year ago, it is still largely filled with liberal-leaning causes.
Chergosky, who says on his Facebook page that he was born in 1953, got only a few comments when he said that he started the petition.
Dean started his full-time ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, after his conversion to Christianity in 1995. He has since dedicated himself to reaching the young to help them find a purpose in life, and to educate them in the Constitution and America’s biblically-based foundation.
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