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Anti-Gay Preacher Bradlee Dean’s Lawyer Demands Florida School Allow Him To Speak To Kids

by David Badash on February 16, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Hate Groups,News,Politics,Religion

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Bradlee Dean apparently has a new lawyer, the Liberty Counsel, and they’re demanding a Florida high school allow Dean and his anti-gay hate group be allowed to speak to a student club. Dean, and his “youth ministry group,” You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International — which has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — were invited by a conservative student group to speak but asked to leave by the school principal during their presentation.


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“Principal William Latson said the American Club’s faculty sponsor failed to get prior permission from school administrators, which is required under school district policy. So he instructed Dean to leave. Latson said the sponsor realized the error and has resigned from the club,” Scott Travis at the Sun Sentinel reports:

But in the eyes of a conservative legal group, Latson has engaged in “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination,” banning the speaker because of his conservative Christian views on homosexuality. The Orlando-based Liberty Council sent a complaint to Superintendent Wayne Gent.

“We see serious constitutional problems with the principal censoring religious and political expression simply because they are deemed ‘offensive’, especially when there are no specific, articulable facts to support such an assertion,” said Horatio G. Mihet, a lawyer for the Liberty Counsel.

District spokesman Nat Harrington said Latson followed proper procedures. Latson said he didn’t discriminate based on Dean’s views, because he didn’t know what they were.

“I didn’t know who Bradlee Dean was. I was just told we had a speaker, and we hadn’t approved it. I told him he couldn’t speak because it hadn’t been approved.”

Latson said speakers need to be vetted to ensure their message will be appropriate for a high school audience and whether parental permission slips may be needed.

Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, said he understands not all speakers may be appropriate, but the principal should be clear and follow the law in the criteria used.

“He can’t just have an unfettered capability of agreeing or disagreeing with them and making a determination on that basis,” he said.

Latson said people of differing viewpoints, including ones from both major political parties, are invited. And the Liberty Counsel acknowledges some conservative speakers have spoken on campus without incident, including Victoria Jackson, a former Saturday Night Live star who aligns with the tea party.

Last year, Dean and his group sparked outrage among students and parents after speaking to junior and senior high school students in Iowa. The children were shown pictures of aborted fetuses and told “the average age of death of a homosexual man is 42 years old.”

READ: Iowa School Hires Hate Group To Preach Against Abortion And Gay Marriage

Reporting on last year’s event, the LaCrosse Tribune noted:

During the breakout session, the young men learned the group’s thoughts on the U.S. Constitution and what one Prophet referred to as its “10 commandments.” The leader also showed images of musicians who died because of drug overdoses, including Elvis Presley.

Members of the group blasted other performers, like Toby Keith, for their improper influence.

The girls, meanwhile, were told to save themselves for their husbands and assume a submissive role in the household. According to witnesses, the leader in that effort also forced the young ladies to chant a manta of sorts about remaining pure.

Here is a video, presumably created by Bradlee Dean or his group, and posted to Dean’s “Sons of Liberty” YouTube page. In the video’s description it asks for donations:

“‘Unite with the team that is restoring America back to its Biblical foundation and proclaiming liberty throughout the land! Join our team, check out more information, and donate here…’”

It’s important to note the casual integration in the video, referencing Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District should be examined in relation to the full decision and subsequent legal decisions.

Ltr – To Palm Beach County Schools by

Hat tip: Talking Points Memo



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Huntercgo February 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

And now we see why Staver and the Liberty Counsel are so successful — there appears to be no evidence on which to base a claim of "viewpoint discrimination." Of course, if he couldn't claim a First Amendment violation, he couldn't get the sympathy vote from those who know as little about facts as he does.

barbonine February 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I wonder what the response would be if the Grand Wizard Dragon of the KKK demanded access to the kiddies. Or someone from Scientology's nutty space opera. It's as if they don't realize they're not the only religion in town until someone brings in a Muslim. Then it's all Outrage!

columbinnati February 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Is that hair for real?

Siddigfan February 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Do the kids in these schools have the right to leave a speech and go to study hall if they don't wish to attend or need to go throw up somewhere from exposure to bigotry and stupidity?

weshlovrcm February 17, 2013 at 2:41 am

Is there a "right" to indoctrinate and recruit children into the immoral anti-gay lifestyle? Is it safe to allow aggressive pro-homophobia lobbyists around the children? Shouldn't the welfare of the children take precedence over a greedy publicity stunt?

OleHippieChick February 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

And for balanced weighing of information, a gay group or or happily married gay couple is allowed to speak to the students when?

Coxhere February 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Is it, unfortunately, through such a legal process as is happening at this school that we will finally make it the law of the land that Gays be included in anti-discriminatory speech such as is now the law for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans? I've read that in Europe, the conflict in law has already been settled and discriminating against Gays takes precedence over free speech. In other words, what the bigoted homophobe wants to do in this particular school is illegal in Europe. (Oh, but that's right: European countries are socialist!) The bigoted homophobe's lawyer says that it's a violation of the U. S. Constitution to not allow this bigoted homophobe to spread lies and attempt to convert children to the evilgelical fundamentalistical belief system.

If this asshole gets to speak to children, I just hope there's school faculty, staff, and parents there to listen for "Christian" conversion language. Then, when it happens, shut the asshole's speech down. And also, as an earlier commenter has so aptly asked, will Gays and Gay married couples be available to shoot down the bullshit that this asshole most assuredly will vomit upon the children?

If this asshole wins the "right" to vomit his lies all over the children at this school, then similar assholes will start vomiting lies upon children in school districts all over the country.

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