I was surprised to see a booth at the State Fair representing "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Intl." It is a youth ministry based in Annandale that has received criticism from a number of different people, including state representatives Dean, Zellers, Clark, Morrow, and Dibble; Rachel Maddow; the Minnesota Catholic Conference; the Minnesota State College Republican Board; and the SPLC (which has designated it a hate group). It's hard to imagine all of those people agreeing on anything.
YCBRBYCHI has been criticized primarily for advocating violence against gays and lesbians, and for misrepresenting itself as a non-partisan educational group in order to proselytize in schools. The group hosts a talk show on the Patriot, which was suspended a few years ago after a "six-minute long spiel" mocking African-Americans.
The State Fair hosts many religious and political groups, and people aren't going to agree with all of them. That's democracy. However, YCRBYCHI crosses the line by advocating violence and deliberately misrepresenting itself.
The State Fair bills itself as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together", and I believe Minnesotans will agree that this embarrassing and divisive organization should be excluded from the guest list.
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