WND: Bradlee Dean on Evolution & Tyranny

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We know you like incoherent rants. Thanks to our Retard-o-tron™ with its sirens and flashing lights, we were alerted to an especially good one at the online home of many such rants — the website of WorldNetDaily (WND) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. That explains the jolly buffoon logo above this post.

The WND article is No man is above the law. It’s by Bradlee Dean. WND says he’s “an ordained preacher, heavy metal drummer, talk-show host of the Sons of Liberty Radio, and speaks on college and high school campuses with his ministry, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International.” Our last post about one of his mighty works is WND: Bradlee Dean on Science Texts.

Wikipedia has an article on Dean’s ministry: You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, which informs us that “[Minnesota Congresswoman Michele] Bachmann has praised the ministry, appearing as a keynote speaker at their fundraisers.” Here’s the ministry’s website, which takes a while to load due to its garish graphics.

Never mind all that. It’s sufficient to know that WND publishes Dean’s writings. We’ll give you some excerpts from the preacher-drummer’s latest. He begins with some irrelevant quotes that have the word “truth” or “law” in them. Then — as if he had presented a foundation for what follows — he says, with bold font added by us:

The truth (law) is the great stumbling block to those who do not want to be ruled by law. The whole purpose of government is to ensure our rights, not to steal them away.

We don’t disagree with that last sentence, but it’s not derived from anything he said before. Then he declares:

If the American people understood that it is not the right of the government to break the law, and that our rights come from God, not the generosity of the state, then America would not be in the state it is today.

After that it starts to get wild. There’s a section heading that says: “The biblical view vs. the pagan view,” and beneath it we find this:

Let’s get to our foundation so we can see what the problem in America is today. In the biblical view of government:
• The state is divinely ordained (Exodus 18:21)
• State authority is limited
• Which leads to patriotism
• Which results in a republic [Constitutional reference]
• Based on creation

The first and last of those points seem to be scriptural. However, scripture is all about monarchies; there’s nothing in scripture about republics or constitutions. Then he says:

America, simply put, is ruled by law (republic), not opinion (democracy). This is the difference between following God’s Ten Commandments verse [sic] man’s 10,000.

Ah, so the difference between a democracy and a republic is the Ten Commandments. Right! Here comes the best part:

On the contrary, in a godless, pagan view of government:
• The state is divine
• State authority is unlimited
• Which leads to state worship
• Resulting in tyranny
Based on evolution

America was founded on the biblical view, but the pagan view is in operation today.

Aha! That evil pagan view of government is based on evolution. Now you know. We’ll skip over several paragraphs about Obama, and this is our last excerpt:

Our representatives have sworn to uphold the Constitution with their hands placed upon the Bible, and this shows us all who we are all ruled by. No man is above the law, for man did not give it!

Dean doesn’t get it. Swearing an oath of office on the bible is optional. The Constitution clearly says, in Article 6:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Gasp! A man-made Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Not only that, but it also says:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

As we all know, an affirmation is a secular oath. Well, not all of us know it. Bradlee Dean gets his information from an alternate universe. That’s why he writes for WND.

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15 responses to “WND: Bradlee Dean on Evolution & Tyranny

  1. I’d be interested in the heavy metal drummer’s take on the 50s creationists who thought that Pat Boone sang the “devil’s music.” For young whippersnappers saying “Pat who?” he was the clean-cut alternative to Elvis in the 50s, tried a pathetic “heavy metal” comeback in the 90s that most people thought was a parody, then published some anti-evolution rants in the 00s.

  2. Alex Shuffell

    I don’t think anyone will be claiming Junkyard Prophet to be “devil’s music” I’m listening to some one Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL8vBmpXVLA&feature=c4-overview&list=UU3Lu7MzA3PB9IQe1sx4_pkQ – And I just don’t know what to say… I’m stuttering all over the place. It’s really terrible.

  3. @Alex:

    The irony is that, in the 50s, many people (mostly fundamentalist) hated even the mellowest rock & roll (like Boone’s). But that’s all conveniently forgotten in recent decades. Even heavy metal is Ok with today’s evolution-deniers, as long as it’s free of explicit lyrics. I’m reminded of the 2000 DI dog-and-pony show to congress, which got Santorum in on the scam. A Discoveroid linked evolution to a song lyric of the time “you and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals”. To which a critic quipped “so much for the pretense that the debate is over the science.”

    More irony is that the “don’t ask, don’t tell what happened when” Discoveroids (mostly OECs, many who concede common descent) and the Biblical YECs at WND don’t like each other. But they mostly bite their tongues because of their common radical, paranoid authoritarian agenda.

  4. Alex Shuffell

    Like the Bible itself, they probably have not heard or read it all, only a few choice phrases that confirm their prejudices. There was one sweet moment a few years ago when I was stopped in town by an elderly Jehovah Witness lady giving away their little Awake magazines. I had my earphones in, I took them out to listen to her, she asked what I was listening to. At that moment it was “People=S**t” by Slipknot [I don’t know the rules on swearing here so I censored myself]. I offered her my earphones but before they got close all she could have heard was a lot of noise and screaming, it was the first time one of them walked away first. Some people can be so judgemental, it’s really a lovely song. If I ever find out how babies are made it will be sung to put them to sleep.

  5. Let’s see… What drummer joke is most appropriate here? Oh, I know!
    Q: How does Junkyard Prophet’s road crew know when they have the drum riser level?
    A: Drool comes out of both sides of Bradlee’s mouth!

  6. …godless, pagan view… Pagans aren’t godless. They believe in different gods than the xian one. Some may also believe in the xian one.

  7. Charles Deetz ;)

    Oh this god-given rights is about as bad a creationism in my book. God has no ‘earthly’ enforcement mechanism, therefore it is useless.

  8. There’s something resounding, perhaps even resonant, about a drummer banging on about rights, laws, The Great Cymbal in the Sky and such. Maybe he took some of his cues from Oskar Matzerath, like refusing to grow up and cultivating a piercing shriek to discombobulate his perceived critics.

    Be that as it may, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once did a hilarious skit about what a farce so-called “Christian Rock” is. It’s probably on YouTube somewhere.

  9. Pagans believe in gods that are forces of nature. Gods that make the sun rise, the rain fall, volcanos erupt, …

  10. “Pagans believe in gods that are forces of nature.”

    I’ve always much preferred that kind of philosophy to the whole fire and brimstone approach.

  11. Curse you, Alex Shuffell, for offering that link. Astonishingly bad.

  12. If Bradlee Dean plays heavy metal I don’t know how to categorize this:

  13. Dean says the state is divinely ordained, and cites Exodus 18:21. Interestingly, that verse says nothing of the sort, but is part of a set of verses wherein Moses father-in-law gives him some advice about how to cut his workload down a bit by appointing judges to resolve minor disputes so Moses doesn’t have to make all the rulings himself. No mention of the state, or divine ordination.

    In the biblical view of government, Kings rule (David, Solomon, Saul, et.al.), state authority is absolute, the people were not patriotic in the modern sense of the term (but they were quick to exterminate people of other tribes and religions) and no republic resulted from this view. Who knows if these autocratic governments were based on creation – Genesis was simply a collection of stories Hebrews believed at the time, not a factor in their subjugation to kings and emperors.

    The only free people in biblical times were the Athenians, who were – gasp – polytheists. (or pagans, as Christians distort the term) They certainly did not have a biblical view.

  14. Aw shucks, why does he have to go into Jack Chick (insane old cartoonist) mode of modifying statements to his liking (the trvth) in parenthesis (()) in his wise revelations (nonsense rant)? Is he afraid the readers (surely true believers, one and all) are going to have difficulties understanding his words of wisdom (drivel)?

  15. “The only free people in biblical times were the Athenians”
    I’m not entirely sure what you mean with “free”, but this is anyhow highly debatable. What we know about tribes of hunters/gatherers (there were still many worldwide) and about the way the societies of Germanic people were organized we may say those people were at least as free. They knew slavery and had to fear war, but so did the Athenians.