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Bradlee Dean put on list of Christian hipsters

Bradlee Dean put on list of Christian hipsters
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Bradlee Dean has been called many names -- homophobe, huckster, leader of a cultic sham -- but this one may be the most unflattering yet. Hipster.

That's right. The foulmouthed preacher with the rap-rocker mien showed up today, along with Tim Tebow, on Salon's list of "hip" Christians who are trying to make fundamentalism look cool.

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The key word here is trying. Dean's ministry isn't exactly thriving. It's hard to believe that only two years ago he was invited by the MNGOP to lead a prayer at the legislature.

Amanda Marcotte, who originally published the list on Alternet, put it this way:

In many ways, Bradlee Dean epitomizes the Christian right overreaction to the fact that young people are ignoring religious fundamentalism in growing numbers. Many Christian leaders have taken to suggesting that Christianity should be more manly and aggressive to woo the young, and Dean took this to heart...

Apparently manly means sending teenagers into Walmart parking lots to beg for change . As Marcotte points out, seemingly cool conservative Christians "generally fail because conservative Christianity is the exact opposite of cool."

-- Follow Jesse Marx on Twitter @marxjesse or send tips to jmarx@citypages.com


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