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  •  It's also common that there's two sets of promo (6+ / 0-)

    One thing I'd be curious about is to whether Bradlee Dean is doing something that has been fairly rife among OTHER dominionist groups trying to do "anti-drug altar calls" in schools.

    It's not an uncommon practice among these groups to actually have TWO sets of promotional material--one for the "true faithful", and another that they present to secular authorities that they're trying to infiltrate.

    In other words, there's a real possibility that the school was actually presented promo material with the religious content stripped out, or with bogus reassurances that no religious content would be inserted.

    At least three groups are known to have engaged in "two sets of promo" and/or false assurances of no prosyletisation: Athletes in Action (one of the most notorious offenders), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (a Campus Crusade for Christ/Cru frontgroup that has been linked to many attempts at stealth evangelism of kids--in fact, FCA's activities actually led to the formation of ACLU-Alabama), and Seven Project (an actual Assemblies of God ministry targeting at-risk youth for recruitment that promoted itself as a several-weeks anti-drug program for "at risk youth" that actually had MULTIPLE separate sets of promo material).

    (As an aside, this is such a common recruitment method by NAR-linked dominionists that it's a veritable trope at this point; the NARasites are especially infamous for deceptive methods of recruitment of the sort that is typically a red-flag warning you're dealing with a dangerously coercive group.  It's also extremely common for them to be deceptive when partnering with a secular or even mainline Christian group that might object to the more explicit NAR whargarbl.)

    •  A little independent research might have been nice (7+ / 0-)

      Wikipedia has the whole scenario the diary describes down in detail, including what's discussed in each group. Just Googling Bradlee Dean gets you to a host of ugly incidents, in addition to his own website, which doesn't really try to hide anything.

      -5.12, -5.23

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 07:03:46 PM PST

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      •  Agreed on that, certainly (3+ / 0-)
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        The one thing I do think is negligent as hell in all this--KNOWING the extensive history of how especially NARasitic groups have been pulling this sort of schtick for well over forty years (much less Bradlee Dean), one would think a responsible school admin would do a little due diligence by at least Googling the name.

        That would assume intelligence of superintendent-level administration, though :P

        (This is assuming, of course, the guy isn't just covering his own arse in this.  Sadly, the OTHER common method that NARasitic groups get into public schools--they have a NARasite on the school board who got put in as a "stealth candidate" who happily invites the dominionist nu-metal band in to do an "anti-drug seminar". :P)

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