Off The Record: On Religion, Politics & Equality
This week I was alerted by a batch of fellow Iowans that Bradlee Dean, after a public fiasco at Dunkerton High School, that his crew was back at it. They set up shop at a Hy Vee in Newton Iowa, misrepresenting themselves as a suicide prevention program. For those unfamiliar with Dean’s crew, you can’t be faulted for taking them at their word. We Iowan’s are nice.
However, Newton residents started Facebooking their outrage and one person who donated to the group thinking they actually were telling the truth about their organization – has filed a complaint with the IRS:
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 HyVee. 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 HyVee Mgr who approved their presence tomorrow!
I also asked them TWICE if any of the money I gave them went toward an anti-gay agenda and they both said NO. Spreading their hate message might fall under the Freedom of Speech but when you are talking about what is said in a Public School? Where they can’t say prayers out loud? They also don’t REPRESENT themselves as a “church” either in their solicitations OR in the contracts they sign with schools.
and perhaps more importantly;
[Facebook user] Also, filed IRS complaint! Let them sort it out…that’s what they get paid the big bucks for!
So what might that look like? You can visit the IRS website here for details but this is the first thing the web page notes:
The Internal Revenue Service gives serious consideration to complaints made alleging the abuse of the tax exempt status granted to certain organizations.
If you dig a bit deeper, there are several types of reviews – if the IRS decides to pursue an investigation. My favorite is:
A field examination is one conducted by a revenue agent at the organization’s place of business. Generally, these audits are the most comprehensive. There are two distinct types of EO field examinations – EO Team Examination Program (TEP) and EO General Program.
A field examination usually begins when the revenue agent notifies the organization that its return has been selected for examination. This initial contact is by telephone or by letter to schedule an initial appointment. The organization receives Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, with the appointment letter.
In the appointment contact, the revenue agent will typically request the following documents to begin the audit:
So, I will keep updating as I find out more. But please do educate yourself on who Bradlee Dean is. Here are some insanely fabulous sources of information:
Dean’s people didn’t stop at Newton though, they turned up the next day at the south side Fareway in Ankeny and one commenter on Aaron Rupar’s story yesterday at Citypages the YCRBYCH crew was in at it again in Boone, Iowa – supposedly at a Hy-Vee. I don’t have any confirmation but why not believe the commenter?
And, according to that bastion of crackerjack reporting WND, Dean is heading back to Dunkerton Iowa on July 28th for Dunkerton Days!
Dean told WND the controversy erupted when media started reporting on the band’s visit. He contends that he and his band performed, presented their message of making good choices, visited with students and then left, without hearing any concerns.
He said complaints, like that from a mother who said, “They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” were based on distortions.
In fact, Jake MacAulay, a spokesman for the band, had said that the average age of death of a homosexual male is 42 years.
Now, according to a statement from the ministry, Dean will return to Dunkerton for a speaking event at the city’s library during the Dunkerton Days fest on July 28.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and space is limited.
The discussion was scheduled after the city tried to ban members of the ministry team from returning.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!