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Mar 14 2012

More strident shrill atheism

A high school in Iowa got a Christian rock band to come to the school to tell the students some good stuff, but it didn’t work out as well as the school expected. (Secularism? What secularism? We don’t do no stinkin’ secularism round here.)

Everyone anticipated the message from Junkyard Prophet, a traveling band  based in Minnesota, to be about bullying and making good choices. Instead,  junior and senior high students at Dunkerton High School and faculty members  said they were assaulted by the group’s extreme opinions on homosexuality and  images of aborted fetuses.

“They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their  wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” said Jennifer Littlefield, a parent upset with the band’s performance.

Well, you see, this is one reason some people think secularism is the way to go when it comes to education; it’s so that god-bothering lunatics won’t be telling students vicious bullshit of that kind.

…the group apparently changed and misrepresented its total message going into  Thursday’s appearance.

After performing, the group separated boys, girls and teachers in the  building.

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.

Those who walked out or attempted to confront the speakers were shouted down  or ridiculed as disrespectful, according to students.

The Taliban comes to Iowa!

 

 

 

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  1. 1
    BenSix

    “Students said, “Frankly, we’d have tolerated praise for Hitler so long as they stopped performing“.”

  2. 2
    mnb0

    “After performing, the group separated boys, girls and teachers in the building.”
    How did they do that? I am a teacher (12-16 years old pupils) and no way any group could have achieved that on my school.

  3. 3
    Ophelia Benson

    Good question. Whips, maybe?

  4. 4
    Daanando

    You should put a [sic] after “manta.”

  5. 5
    skepticlawyer

    Christian rockers should not attempt to imitate Limp Bizkit. Come to think of it, Limp Bizkit should not attempt to imitate Limp Bizkit. Results may vary…

    They’re really crap.

  6. 6
    Anonymous Atheist

    “Everyone anticipated the message from Junkyard Prophet, a traveling band based in Minnesota, to be about bullying and making good choices. Instead, junior and senior high students at Dunkerton High School and faculty members said they were assaulted by the group’s extreme opinions on homosexuality and images of aborted fetuses.”

    Well, see, they did talk about bullying and making good choices… it all depends on your perspective. ;)

    They think homosexual people should be bullied.
    And they think ‘making good choices’ entails women choosing to never have extramarital sex, never have an abortion, etc.

  7. 7
    BecomingJulie

    I think anytime christians try something on like this, we should get in touch with news media in a different state and tell the story — but alter the details just a little, to make out that it was a muslim group carrying out the indoctrination. Pull a bit of a bait-and-switch, if you will. Make them realise that what is unacceptable for one group of people to carry out, is equally unacceptable for any other group of people to carry out.

    I stopped distinguishing between christians and muslims a long time ago, anyway.

  8. 8
    nankay

    Iowa person here. They actually came back and addressed the uproar (at a fire and brimstone church, of course so it was a stacked house). I can’t believe the principal or superintendent didn’t know what they were all about. A) Look at their freakin’ name for Pete’s sake! and B) Look at their freakin’ website!!

    A quote from the Superintendent: “I checked them out once, twice, three times before I was going to invite them into our school,” Stanton said.

    I call BULLshi*t.

    Read More: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/update-dunkerton-school-superintendent-under-fire-for-controversial-assembly/article_f187dbec-6d8b-11e1-9dc0-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1pC7Mz9dy

  9. 9
    Steve

    It would have taken less than half an hour of Google to find out about them. FYI, that ministry (the infamous Bradlee Dean’s You Can Run But You Cannot Hide) is now a certified hate group. Although that designation wasn’t public when this happened, they have been involved in plenty of scandals, and have been criticized by other schools for doing the same

  10. 10
    Brian M

    The principle is engaging in damage control. Being a good KKKristian himself, (I’m guessing) (this IS rural Iowa), the only problem is the unexpected uproar by some of the parents.

    I am guessing a large percentage of the students or their parents are a-ok with the message of the group.

    Sad.

  11. 11
    Svlad Cjelli

    “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.”

    Ah, the prophet and the little girl.

  12. 12
    Theo Bromine

    And here in Canada, the “Taliban” is Catholic: our reputation for being a haven for liberal progressives is besmirched by the recent actions of the administration of a publicly-funded “Catholic” university (in Ottawa). The Student Union has been instructed to cease and desist from distributing condoms on campus, as this contravenes the statutes of the university.

    “We never said that it was not a good idea to use condoms, it’s only because we’re talking about Saint Paul,” said Danielle Tessier, the school’s vice-rector.

    (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/03/14/ottawa-condoms-catholic-university.html)

  13. 13
    evilDoug

    When I read this the first time, I didn’t realize that the band was that of the double-ultra repugnant Bradlee Dean.
    I find it really hard to believe that the school administration was ignorant of his ways. Cripes, I’m Canadian and I know how foul he is (though addmittedly due to the attention he attracts in atheist circles).
    A google search on bradlee dean controversy brings up over a quarter of a MILLION hits, starting with one on his performance in the Minnesota legislature, in which, just below the headline is “A controversial pastor delivered a prayer that left House members – of both parties – shocked and incensed.”

  14. 14
    Deepak shetty

    @evil doug
    But you have loaded your google query with the word controversy
    What we need is the bradlee dean to return the top results with titles like bigot sued controversial illegal etc. and some judicious wikipedia editing
    It might not be a bad idea to publish some good SEO pra ctices for non believers to follow in their blog/articles to achieve this goal

  15. 15
    mikee

    What I don’t undstand is why, as soon as the bands motives became obvious, the teachers didn’t step in and tell them to get lost? Or did they agree with the message?
    If I was a parent I would be furious.

  16. 16
    mikee

    Ok, I just read the story again – how could any teacher let a school outsider shout down students?
    This is outrageous

  17. 17
    Theo Bromine

    …how could any teacher let a school outsider shout down students?

    Many teachers would be delighted to cede power to an outside authority that the kids might be too polite and/or embarrassed to challenge. Few teachers have the goal of promoting independence of thought in their students, much less to try to teach when and how it is appropriate to challenge authority.

  18. 18
    evilDoug

    Deepak,
    I have no idea of the details of how things float to the top of the Google hit list, but it does seem possible that if the same phrase were used by many bloggers et al, that phrase would work its way up. I wonder if even repeated use of the phrase in comments would work to that effect. They say that cream rises to the top. Well, yes, but so does scum.

    I note that if I search on bradlee dean repugnant the first hit is my comment in this thread!
    Followed by:
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/principal-of-ia-high-school-resigns-following-christian-bands-lecture-on-gays-abortion/

  19. 19
    Ophelia Benson

    The principal resigned? Interesting.

    (I’ll try to follow up later. Right now I’m pursuing murderous Catholic bishops through the archive…)

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