- Category: U.S.
- Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:10
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian News Service
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) - Throwing logic aside, a radical left-wing petition on the website Change.org has taken aim at popular preacher and radio personality, Bradlee Dean, and his ministry’s participation at 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; regardless of the fact that the ministry has had a booth at the Minnesota State Fair for the past eight years. The petition also ignored a multitude of praise from young people and school administrators over the years over YCRBYCHI’s ministry. Chergosky merely made the oft-heard charge of “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 of this.”
Indeed, YCRBYCHI organizers are noting that their ministry has reached out to more than 342 high schools in 26 states. Opposition to it, Dean said, seems to center on a few opponents from the militant homosexual community, or communist-leaning media.
The Minnesota CBS TV affiliate WCCO also took up the “hate-group” claims, citing unnamed-critics of YCRBYCHI’s booth at the fair, all while showing ministry workers passing out gospel tracts.
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 did 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. “ We will not stop, we must preach the truth without compromise.”
SPLC’s tarnished beginnings
The Southern Poverty Law Center has as its mission to make money while working hand in glove with the mainstream media to attack America’s foundation using a Communist/Marxist agenda.
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 SPLC in 1971, after the civil rights battle had been won and there was no money left in representing KKK-type of 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 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 radical left
Change.org, which was started in 2007 as an advocacy group, has 20 million subscribers and has long been know as airing liberal causes. Although a year ago it changed its policy to allow convervative advertising, it still seems to be largely filled with radical-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.