Target: Dunkerton High School Superintendent Jim Stanton
Goal: To urge Stanton and Dunkerton High School officials to offer a public apology and educational assembly after inviting anti-gay and anti-woman Christian rock band Junkyard Prophet to perform.
When parents drop their children off at a public school, they don’t expect them to be indoctrinated, harassed, and told they are going to die and go to hell. But that’s just what Dunkerton High School students in Iowa were subjected to at a school assembly, where Christian rock band Junkyard Prophet preached against gays and lesbians and displayed images of aborted fetuses. Tell the school that “guests” like these are shameful and unacceptable.
Though Superintendent Jim Stanton has argued that he had no idea that Junkyard Prophet would preach such extremist and hateful views, the band is part of Bradlee Dean’s right wing ministry. On page one of a Google search on Dean, you’ll find that he was criticized for a slur on Obama and his fanatic views on homosexuality. All it takes is an Internet connection and approximately ten seconds. Clearly, someone didn’t do his research.
In addition, Dean has argued for the imprisonment of LGBT people and has condoned the executions of gays and lesbians in Muslim countries, calling them “moral”.
After the band performed, they began discussing topics like homosexuality and female virginity with the students, even forcing the girls to chant about staying pure and submissive.
“They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” parent Jennifer Littlefield told the LaCrosse Tribune.”They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42. It just blows me away that no one stopped this.”
Though the group greatly diverged from what Stanton claimed should have been “a very strong anti-violence, anti-drug, anti-alcohol” message, administrators failed to ask them to leave school premises. Worse, those who attempted to walk out in protest were scoffed at.
“But the damage has been done. You let these people stay in the school for three hours,” Littlefield continued.
This entire situation is reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable. By signing the petition below, you will tell Stanton and school administrators to issue a public apology for this terrible mistake and to hold a student assembly in an attempt to undo some of the damage.
Dear Superintendent Stanton,
Inviting the band Junkyard Prophet to speak at a Dunkerton High School assembly was not only harmful to vulnerable teenagers but could have been prevented with a bit of online research. A quick Google search of the band and Bradlee Dean would have brought up their many hateful and extremist stances against women and LGBT people.
Students deserve a safe learning environment where they are respected and supported. Inviting Junkyard Prophet to perform for these kids was a huge mistake. Bullying and LGBT suicide are epidemics across American schools –and this band’s message was that gays and lesbians are evil and wrong.
It is imperative that you issue a public apology for this horrifying ordeal and call an assembly where students are encouraged to respect others. Please commit to taking action immediately.
[Your Name Here]