Bradlee Dean and Jake MacAulay are the main personalities in a non-profit called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, International. There are several sub-groups under this main umbrella, one of which is their radio show. Their tax information describes the show as a:
Weekly radio program, School of Hard Knocks, on AM 980 KKMS every Saturdays (sic) from 1-3PM. The program uses both a preaching and interview format to share the truth of Jesus Christ to the Minneapolis Area.
A quote from the May 15, 2010 airing of this show caught our attention. In response to a caller’s rather strong assertions that sodomy was still against the law in Minnesota, Dean made the following statement:
Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This was just released yesterday and it shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.
It’s not an easy thing to wade through, but listening to the rest of that show will help the reader understand that this statement is in perfect context. The gratuitous hate and conspicuous lack of any kind of empathy or compassion present in the (mostly) monologs is not a pretty thing. One is reminded of the same sort of rhetoric coming from anti-gay voices in Uganda where they are trying to pass the “kill the gays” bill, right down to bogus statistics about gays being predators of the young.
At least from this writer’s understanding, there didn’t seem to be any trace of orthodox Christian theology present — just constant worship of a nebulous idol called “the law.” These are the extremes of our age, and Dean in particular seems never to have met a conspiracy theory too wild to be considered seriously.
What makes this worse is the fact that schools are letting this group in to speak in what appears to be a “scared straight” style assault. Again, from their tax records:
Church ministry to several local area churches creating cooperation to reach and influence area youth. Presented five school wide assemblies in IA, MI, NE, and TN.
One of these visits to “reach and influence area youth” involved the youth ministry, “Driven Senior High,” at Living World Christian Center just outside of Minneapolis. MacAuley was the featured speaker on March 25, 2009.
LWCC is an Exodus affiliated ministry, and Janet Boynes, a self-proclaimed ex-gay, is listed as their contact person. One would hope that, if Exodus were aware that LWCC were hosting such hostile groups, they would at the very least express public disagreement and condemnation of their methods and message. Ideally, they would drop their affiliation.
This is a very real concern because Exodus refers others to LWCC for what they claim is a safe place for gays and lesbians to, as they put it, deal with their “struggle” honestly. How could anyone gay or lesbian, whether they want to be or not, feel safe in a place that subjects them to this kind of message?
Edit: (7pm) It appears that the radio show is now called “Sons of Liberty.” Details are here. Some unhelpful attitude was also removed from the end of the post — this is a volatile issue.
Update: (11:42pm) Exodus has responded to Bradlee Dean’s statements, but nothing about their affiliate. What do you think, is that sufficient?