29 August 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
A fundraiser has gotten a car wash into some pretty hot water with customers. An Edina Car Wash allowed the anti-gay ministry run by Bradlee Dean to hold a fundraiser outside of it. Dean has been linked to some very incendiary anti-LGBT and anti-Obama statements in recent months, and has even declared that Dr Rachel Maddow’s career was over because she maliciously told the truth about him.
The boycott began because of seventeen-year old Gabe Aderhold. He saw members of the You Can Run But You Can’t Hide ministry outside the Edina Car Wash on France Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aderhold informed the Minnesota Independent “I’ve just recently become familiar with Bradlee Dean. That table has been there many times over the past couple years. When I finally was driving by and saw that a couple days ago I realized this is the table, that the gas station has been supporting Bradlee Dean and their messaging.”
Aderhold went in and complained about the presence of Dean’s ministry and was told by the management at that particular Edina Car Wash that they were not sympathetic to his complaint and that they support the ministry. Aderhold told a friend, and that friend helped him set up a Facebook page which had gathered some 370 members. It has also hurt the Yelp rating for the car wash and other businesses which are owned by Murphy Automotive.
According to the Minnesota Independent:
Timothy Murphy, owner of the gas stations, said he was frustrated by the boycott.
“I see it as an opportunity for somebody to exploit an issue or situation or connection beyond its real intent, not ever having known who this Bradlee Dean is or does until now,” Murphy told the Minnesota Independent.
Murphy said the whole issue could have been avoided if Aderhold had approached him directly. Aderhold says he did approach the management of the gas station and was rebuked.
“Our intent was to assist youth,” Murphy said. “It wasn’t endorsed by me, it was endorsed by a manager, but I give my managers the authority to support organizations however they may choose.”
The ministry used the tables to fundraise, sell stuff and distribute literature. Murphy stated that he and his manager did not know about Dean or how he was connected to the ministry until this past Thursday. He stated “We’ve had to educate ourselves as to who Bradlee Dean is and as to why he’s being attributed to being anti-gay/lesbian. I’m not so sure that’s true either.” Dean is on record as making very anti-gay statements in the past, and a business owner should find out about someone that they allow to fundraise on their property.
Last year, Dean made this statement on his radio show:
“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”
He later tried to clarify his remarks claiming that they had been misunderstood. He stated on his webpage:
“We have specifically rejected, as all Christians do, the Islamic doctrine, and actual practice, of executing homosexuals. But some have claimed, in effect, that by merely mentioning the execution of homosexuals (as a criminal practice of Islam), on our radio broadcast, we have suggested it for consideration. Obviously this is absurd. The whole point was to contrast the Islamic position with the Christian position. This may not have been as clear as we would have otherwise planned it to be.”
For his part, Murphy asserts that his company is not anti-gay and that he and his manager are going to do some research on Dean. He stated “I’m going to meet this guy and talk to this guy and I’m going to get his position and his posture and his side of the story, because we’re not necessarily getting that — my position would be to go to the horses mouth. If in fact, if in our due diligence, we deem that Bradlee Dean hates gays and lesbians, we would not allow an organization he’s affiliated with to [table].”
Murphy does not feel that the boycott will accomplish much even though it has spread to Edina Car Wash, Edina Tire and Auto, Grandview Tire and Auto and ProTech Automotive, all businesses Murphy owns. He stated “I don’t feel that this whole boycott he’s attempting to accomplish through this blog will do us any huge amount of harm.”
As for Aderhold, he and the boycotters want a clear signal from Murphy that he rejects Dean’s approach saying “I would say that Tim Murphy himself would make a statement that any of his businesses would no longer be supporting the You Can Run But You Can’t Hide ministry. Then we’d end the boycott.”