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Bradlee Dean’s ‘Media Army’ Turning Kids Into Cyberspammers For Jesus?

by David Badash on November 20, 2012

in News

Bradlee Dean, the Christian rocker and youth minister who sued MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in a $50 million defamation lawsuit and was recently ordered to pay Maddow’s court costs — almost $25,000 — is creating a social media “army” that literally gives children tasks to spread “God’s” word.

Given Dean’s anti-gay focus, it is concerning what words he might be asking children to spread “through the power of the share button!” since he’s looking to create an “irate tireless minority setting brush fires of freedom everywhere!”

Bradlee Dean is the head of the SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International (YCRBYCHI), and his Bradlee Dean Youth Ministry has created what they’re calling “Gideon’s Media Army” to “bring the truths of biblical living and American values to the world through the internet [sic]. The program will use volunteers who will post, blog and use online means to boost the visibility of our mission, which is ‘To reshape America by re-directing the current and future generations both morally and spiritually.’”

Dean’s Bradlee Dean Youth Ministry adds:

It is ever more urgent to use the internet to get our message out, since this is where people hang out, especially the young. Think of how many people we can reach! It does not take an overwhelming majority to reform society. It only takes an irate tireless minority setting brush fires of freedom everywhere!

The Gideon’s Media Army program will empower you to stand up in your community! You will be shining the light of truth among your friends through the power of the share button!

You, as a committed Christian and guardian of the truth of the Gospel and of the American Constitution, will make Facebook posts and put in links from other websites, which will let others know about the message of our ministry. Your friends will then see the truly important issues of the day being discussed. We will be setting a goal, such as so many hundreds, or thousands of posts per month, and we will be telling our fans how close we get to the goal. We need to talk it up and carry Gideon’s torch!

You must be a practicing Christian, at least 13 years old, have a Facebook page, and be able to help You Can Run, International on a volunteer basis, from wherever you can get an internet connection. You must have a minimum computer know-how, such as how to copy and paste a “URL,” or website address, into a Facebook post.

Apparently, there are “assignments.”

What is a Typical Task of a Gideon Media Soldier? Throughout the week, via email, members will be given assignments. Examples will be:

What does this sound like to you?

In March, Dean’s You Can Run But You Cannot Hide made headlines after members of his “Junkyard Prophet” Christian rock band, hired by an Iowa school, claimed “the average age of death of a homosexual man is 42 years old,” and showed photos of aborted fetuses to the junior high and high school students.

Image: Bradlee Dean’s “Gideon’s Media Army

Hat tip: Bradlee Dean Info, via Wonkette



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Mykelbarber November 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Any public school that posts a HATE GROUPS nonsense should be sued by Americans for Separation of Church and State.

jchastn April 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

Any public school that posts ANY religious organizations "nonsense" or allows religious groups to speak to children without parents notice and permission is in violation of the Constitution. If my kids were subjected to this kind of hate based bible bullshit, I would sue the school district into the ground.

jaymchue November 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

This is stupid. When MTV motivates young people socially and politically, as they have been for decades, would you call them “cyberspammers?” I doubt it.

jaymchue November 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Oh, and this “Media Army” program isn’t just for “kids.” It’s for anyone 13 and older.

jaymchue November 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Oh, lookee here. Why does Dean mention people needing to be 13 years of age? Not because he is targeting kids, but because of federal law. From the application page:

“5. Are you at least 13 years old? (Required under federal COPPA law)”

What’s COPPA?

“The act, effective April 21, 2000, applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities under U.S. jurisdiction from children under 13 years of age. It details what a website operator must include in a privacy policy, when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent or guardian, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children’s privacy and safety online including restrictions on the marketing to those under 13.”

So it’s a legal issue, not a “HE’S TARGETING THE KIDS!!!” issue.

mcpb06 November 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

im not a fan of media bias on either side, but first; The SPLC isn't a credible source for labeling "hate groups", just because they are Christian. Christians have held certain values for many years, and to call someone hateful because they aren't in agreement with your views IS slander and hateful. Also, isn't the writer of this blog doing the very thing that they are accusing Dean for? Using certain avenues and media outlets to get their agenda out there? This person cries victim while assaulting another. Too funny.

jarredh November 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

From the SPLC, I've added the emphasis:

One of those has been defamation. Many of its leaders have engaged in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as "perverts" with "filthy habits" who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and "convert" them to gay sex. They have disseminated disparaging "facts" about gays that are simply untrue — assertions that are remarkably reminiscent of the way white intellectuals and scientists once wrote about the "bestial" black man and his supposedly threatening sexuality.

I will note that neither Focus on the Family nor Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network — both of which have also expressed anti-gay sentiment — are listed as a hate group by the SPLC. The truth is, it takes a lot to get listed as a hate group by the SPLC.

The fact that you claim that the anti-gay hate groups have been certified as such merely "because they aren't in agreement with your views" suggests that you are either ignorant of what the certified anti-gay hate groups have said and done or dishonest.

mcpb06 November 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

Who gives the right to the SPLC to judge what a so called "hate group" is. And Focus on the Family was on the list and they backed off because of public sentiment and lawsuits for defamation.

jarredh November 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

So, you don't think that a group like the FRC, who still tries to push a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, is hateful?

jaymchue November 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

It’s interesting to note that most pedophiles go after children of their own gender, isn’t it? It’s also interesting to note that the definition of “homosexual”/”homosexuality” makes no mention of participant/target age:

jarredh November 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

However, the APA has given a lengthy explanation of how pedophilia and sexual orientation are two different things.

But thank you. You have clearly made it clear that you don't consider suggesting that LGBT* people are pedophiles hateful. Is there anything that you would consider hateful? Or do you believe there should be no limits to what is acceptable when it comes to defaming LGBT* people?

jchastn April 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

Most child molesters are adult men who identify as heterosexual and most of their victims are female children. Do your homework.

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