Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Christian rock band spreads homophobic message at US high school gig

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A high school in Dunkerton, Iowa, is facing a backlash from parents after a Christian rock band invited to perform for students used the opportunity to impart their anti-gay views, show images of aborted foetuses, and tell female students they should assume a submissive role in their future marriages.

The band, Junkyard Prophet, are part of the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International Christian youth ministry, and were invited to Dunkerton High School to spread their "very strong anti-violence, anti-drug, anti-alcohol" message. Described as "rapcore-nu metal", one writer has summarised Junkyard Prophet in the following terms:
"Their sound is grease-bucket funky, with miter-saw guitar work over a tight, bass-heavy rap/rock hybrid, in the vein of Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit on the secular side, P.O.D. and Pillar on the Christian one."
High praise (well, maybe just the Rage bit...), but nothing on what you can learn on the band's own website:
"Controversial, daring, fearless, and honest: these are just a few words that have been used to describe the Minneapolis-based Christian rap, metal outfit - Junkyard Prophet. [...]

If you were to look up the word "independent" in the dictionary, one of the definitions would probably say, "Junkyard Prophet." They truly take the D.I.Y. (do it yourself) concept to the extreme."
And according to a local news report, the musical part of Junkyard Prophet's school visit went very well indeed. "The kids were rocking out," said the local Superintendent, but once the gig was over things started to go awry:
"After performing, the group separated boys, girls and teachers in the building.

During the breakout session, the young men learned the group's thoughts on the U.S. Constitution and what one Prophet referred to as its "10 commandments." The leader also showed images of musicians who died because of drug overdoses, including Elvis Presley.

Members of the group blasted other performers, like Toby Keith, for their improper influence.

The girls, meanwhile, were told to save themselves for their husbands and assume a submissive role in the household. According to witnesses, the leader in that effort also forced the young ladies to chant a manta of sorts about remaining pure."
Jennifer Littlefield, mother of 16-year-old Dunkerton student Alivia Littlefield, told her local paper what she had heard from her daughter:
"They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren't virgin. I couldn't even understand her, she was crying so hard. 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."
The local school district is now trying to recover the fee it was charged for Junkyard Prophet's appearance.

PS: for those of you who are interested in reliving the days of nu-metal and once again asking what everyone was thinking, here's a Junkyard Prophet video:

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