Bluestem's loyal friend Ken Avidor passes along news of the circuit-riding "ministry" of Bluestem's most famous local homophobe, toxic rocker Bradlee Dean (he's based in Annandale, not far from Bluestem World Headquarters in sunny Hutchinson).
Recently, Vikes' punter Chris Kluwe made waves weighing in on the pro-gay marriage ballot measure in Maryland; Kluwe is also asking Minnesotans to vote no on our own marriage freedom restriction amendment.
But phobes have a tool of their own in Minnesota, and that blunt instrument is Bradlee Dean, who supposedly is good at connecting with the youth. Truth Wins Out's Wayne Besen writes in PFOX Promotes Hate Rocker Bradlee Dean’s Visit To Maryland Anti-Gay Rally:
Only two weeks after trying to unsuccessfully ban me from FOX News on the grounds that I am hateful, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) posted this on their blog:
Fwd: Ready to Rally? Help us make a difference for Marriage!
Please mark your calendars for the week of September 26-29. Protect Marriage Maryland and the Maryland Society of Patriots will be hosting a rally in 5 different counties to bring awareness to critical issues that will be on the ballot this November. Come out to hear Christian rockers & radios hosts, Bradlee Dean and Jake McMillan (the Sons of Liberty) to hear about the Constitution, our Christian Heritage, and how to bring the youth into the political process. . . .
Perhaps marriage equality advocates should cheer this development, since Mr. Bradlee isn't exactly packing the youth into concert halls these days. Michigan Live reported in Christian band tied to so-called anti-gay hate group to play concert in West Michigan:
A recent email blast to the Ottawa County Patriots’ mailing list included an eye-catching line.
Junkyard Prophet, a Christian metal band tied to the Annandale, Minn.-based You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide International ministry, would be coming to play a concert this weekend in West Michigan.
....Jim Chiodo, a local Tea Party organizer who worked to bring Junkyard Prophet to town, [believes] 1,000-plus area teens will turn out to see the band play and hear its controversial drummer, Bradlee Dean, give a presentation after the show.
“I will interject only one thing,” Chiodo said, jokingly, before deferring further comment on the event to You Can Run spokesman Jake MacAulay. “They better get there early.”
The free, three-hour event is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday at the West Ottawa Performing Arts Center, 1024 136th Ave.
By Chiodo’s estimation, demand for the show will far exceed the 1,000-person limit. Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The $12,000 cost to bring Junkyard Prophet to West Michigan was largely raised through donations from private individuals and businesses in the Holland area.. . .
So how did that work out for them? Avidor's Bradlee Dean Info reports in Bradlee Dean's Concert in Holland, Michigan Was a Total Flop:
According to the Grand Rapids Press, sponsors (unnamed) put up $12,000 to bring Bradlee's hate group to play at the West Ottawa Performing Arts Center Saturday night. However, there was nothing in the news, blogs or social media about the concert. So was the concert a success or a flop?
Sunday came and went... crickets. Now it's late afternoon, Monday and we have the answer: Bradlee's concert was a flop.
This photo from the Bradlee Bunch's Facebook page tells the story - lots of empty seats . . .
And how many young people in that nearly empty auditorium? Obviously, the paunchy middle-aged, tracksuit preacher can't attract the kids as much as he claims. . . .
Let's hope he's as successful with his new friends in Maryland as he was in Michigan--or with the Minnesota State Legislature.
Photo: Bradlee Dean in Michigan, via Bradlee Dean Info.