A petition started by Michael Chergosky from Saint Paul, Minnesota at the George Soros funded Change.org, targets the Christian ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, specifically calling for the ministry to be banned from the Minnesota State Fair. If you recognize the ministry, then you also recognize the fact that it is headed by Bradlee Dean, a personal friend and contributor to Freedom Outpost. So what is all the fuss about?
Mr. Chergosky claims to be with the Minnesota State Fair, according to the petition, and from the groups he is engaged in on his Facebook page, he is a practicing homosexual or at least sympathetic to homosexuality. His petition reads as follows:
I was surprised to see a booth at the State Fair representing "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Intl." It is a youth ministry based in Annandale that has received criticism from a number of different people, including state representatives Dean, Zellers, Clark, Morrow, and Dibble; Rachel Maddow; the Minnesota Catholic Conference; the Minnesota State College Republican Board; and the SPLC (which has designated it a hate group). It's hard to imagine all of those people agreeing on anything.
YCBRBYCHI has been criticized primarily for advocating violence against gays and lesbians, and for misrepresenting itself as a non-partisan educational group in order to proselytize in schools. The group hosts a talk show on the Patriot, which was suspended a few years ago after a "six-minute long spiel" mocking African-Americans.
The State Fair hosts many religious and political groups, and people aren't going to agree with all of them. That's democracy. However, YCRBYCHI crosses the line by advocating violence and deliberately misrepresenting itself.
The State Fair bills itself as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together", and I believe Minnesotans will agree that this embarrassing and divisive organization should be excluded from the guest list.
Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in Chergosky's petition? It seems he wants everyone to get together except the Christian ministry that calls homosexuality what it is, and also calls for those engaging in homosexual behavior to repent. Just like a mother and father, who love their children, will correct their children when they are doing something wrong because they love them, Dean and his ministry do the same thing for those in sin, just like all Christians do who love their neighbors.
Furthermore, Chergosky casts all sorts of aspersions into the mix, claiming that the ministry has received "criticisms." Of course, they have! Jesus received them too, as well as His apostles! What's new there?
The one thing Chergosky leaves out is any evidence of truth that validates his claims. He points to people like Rachel Maddow, who completely distorted Dean's words regarding Muslims and homosexuals. He referenced state officials and their criticisms without actually listing any and even went so far as to mention the Southern Poverty Law Center's designation of Dean's ministry as a hate group (and we all know just how hateful the SPLC is, don't we?).
Most striking is a claim that Bradlee Dean's show was "suspended a few years ago after a 'six-minute long spiel' mocking African-Americans." He also claims that while there are other religious groups at the fair, "YCRBYCHI crosses the line by advocating violence and deliberately misrepresenting itself."
Again, Chergosky provides no evidence for his claims. He merely spouts gossip and it isn't contained to Change.org, but I provides the same libel against the ministry on his Facebook page. Chergosky is in effect engaging in his own hate speech.
Anyone that listens to Dean's daily radio show should be able to understand exactly what he communicates. He doesn't advocate violence in any form, and he certainly isn't racist! The man's Facebook page is covered in quotes from the late Martin Luther King, Jr, and he quotes him weekly on his show. He even has a guitarist in his band who has dark skin along with a Hispanic singer. Obviously Chergosky has not taken the time to actually interact with Dean or his ministry. He is merely gossiping and spewing his own hatred out of ignorance, apparently from what he's gotten from socialist politicians and media outlets.
State Fair general manager Jerry Hammer says even if you don't agree with the message the group is promoting, it's a matter of free speech.
"We'll have between 1.7 – 1.8 million people at the fair this year. I guarantee every one of them will find something somewhere they disagree with," he said.
Hammer says any political group can have a booth if they submit a registration and pay the fees. The only time a group isn't allowed to have one is if it threatens public safety.
"It comes down to how the information is presented," Hammer said.
"If you don't like it, don't go to the booth," Hammer said. "From an administrative position, we treat them all the same."
As far as the SPLC is concerned, well, Mark Potok, director of intelligence at Southern Poverty Law had told on himself about his organization's goal. "Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on... I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them."
"It's true that conservative Americans who really believe in the Constitution and the Bible are being found guilty of 'thought crimes,' and their detractors won't stop until they are completely silenced," Dean said in reply. "We will not stop, we must preach the truth without compromise.
Dean told Freedom Outpost,
"This is not about attacking any particular people. This is about protecting a particular people that are under attack, namely our posterity."
The Minnesota State Fair told Freedom Outpost that they are all for freedom of speech and that they have had absolutely no problems with Bradlee Dean's ministry. The spokeswoman also indicated that Mr. Chergosky does not work for nor speak for the Minnesota State Fair, even though he lied about it in the middle of his petition (see below).
According to the Minnesota State Fair Marketing and Communications Staff:
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