Onetime heavy-metal rocker Bradlee Dean, better known for running the homophobic “ministry” You Can Run But You Can’t Hide and being buddy-buddy with Michele and Marcus Bachmann, was called out for panhandling for his hate group in the parking lot of a Midwestern supermarket.
Oh how the not-so-mighty have fallen.
Dean made headlines earlier this year after he took You Can Run to an Iowa high school, under the guise of leading a teen-empowerment seminar, and instead and showed students videos of aborted fetuses, lashed out against gays and lesbians, and claimed Planned Parenthood hands out coupons for $50 abortions.
After that debacle Dean laid low for a bit. But we guess the coffers ran low because last weekend Dean and his crew got permission to solicit donations outside Hy-Vee grocery store in Newton, Iowa.
Of course he told the store it was for a suicide-prevention group.
This is kind of Dean’s M.O: Pass yourself as whatever kind of group you think the mark will like—motivational speaker, suicide-prevention counselor. Hey, if priests can be marriage counselors, why not?
Blogger Andy Kopsa shared a first-hand report from a witness who saw them in the parking lot in Newton:
“I am pissed! I gave them $5 earlier today because they CLAIMED they were taking donations for a ministry geared toward suicide prevention and drug abuse prevention!
I marched right down there and caught them leaving and they STILL claimed that none of the money I gave them is to dispense an anti-gay agenda! I got the name of the group (which I should have done FIRST): You Can Run But You Can’t Hide and Googled it on my phone while in Hy-Vee.
What I found made my blood boil: the group is out of Minnesota and does school assemblies in which they make the girls chant a submissiveness toward their future husband, show videos of aborted fetuses and spread a hateful message about homosexuality.
Several schools were misled with the same anti drug/suicide agenda which they only found out to be a lie after the assembly. Expecting a call from the Hy-Vee manager who approved their presence tomorrow.
Kopsa reports Interfaith Iowa already reached out to Hy-Vee and suggested managers look into You Can Run’s real anti-woman, anti-choice and anti-gay agenda.
And…it worked! After Hy-Vee management was informed about the real nature of the group, store director Jason Crocker sent an open letter to the Newton Independent:
To the Newton Community:
Some of our customers have expressed concern that an organization called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide was allowed to conduct fundraising at the Newton Hy-Vee. I want to apologize personally and on behalf of Hy-Vee for the presence of this group at our store.
The group presented itself to us as a suicide-prevention organization, and group members said they wanted to raise money for the schools for suicide awareness. We now know they weren’t completely honest with us regarding the organization’s goals and activities—if they had been, we would not have permitted them to use our property for fundraising.
My management team and I should have been more diligent in checking out the background of this group before granting permission to solicit at Hy-Vee. I apologize for this oversight, and assure you that we have put procedures in place to prevent such situations in the future.
Hy-Vee strives to create a welcoming environment in which all customers and employees feel respected and appreciated. The inflammatory and divisive agenda and comments made by You Can Run leaders do not reflect the opinions or values of Hy-Vee.
If any of our customers feel they were misled into contributing to this organization, I invite them to contact me personally. To assist in the cause of suicide awareness and prevention, the Newton Hy-Vee is donating $250 to Capstone Behavioral Healthcare of Newton, an organization that provides mental health counseling, treatment and prevention services in our community.
Once again, I am very sorry for any distress this situation has caused.
It would have been nice if they’d donated that money to PFLAG or Equality Iowa, but we guess we won’t quibble.
As for Dean, he better come up with a new moneymaking scheme quick: Not only did he not win his $50 million slander lawsuit against Rachel Maddow (for basically rerunning Dean’s own homophobic statements), but the court said he had to pay $25,000 in attorney’s fees to Maddow, MSNBC, The Minnesota Independent and reporter Andy Birkey.
Maybe Dean can turn in some empty bottles and get the deposit.