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"Shame on you for wanting Christianity in schools!"
A woman who described herself as a teacher of the Constitution was caught on video clashing with members of a controversial Christian organization. Bradlee Dean, a figure TheBlaze has covered in the past, founded "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International," a ministry that delivers assemblies and speeches in public schools. Members of this organization recently engaged a woman in a contentious conversation -- one that led her to physically attack the Christian activists.
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The incident, which was captured on video and later released by the group, shows the volatile exchange that unfolded at a 7-11 gas station in Florida. The debate erupted as Dean's ministry was apparently trying to nab support for the Bible and Christian values in public schools.
A press release that the organization distributed following the incident explains what happened in detail (strictly from its own perspective, of course):
The woman verbally and physically attacked two ministry workers Elizabeth Ilse and Chase Schomberg. "Ilse was standing behind one of her ministry's tables while distributing Christian literature to those visiting the gas station. She simply said, 'Hello,' to the woman, but after approaching and reading the sign on the ministry's table that said, 'Support Christianity in Public Schools, The Constitution, and Honoring Soldiers,' the woman viciously attacked the cause by screaming 'shame on you for wanting Christianity in schools,' calling Miss Ilse a 'bigot,' and [she] stated that 'Christians are the problem.'"
She threatens to call police, then yelled, "I'll tell police you are not just harassing, but are assaulting me." Then she blasts the cameraman with her bag.
She speeds off, but returns a short time later to talk with police. She doesn't approach the ministry table again, but the police asked the ministry workers if they wanted to press charges against her. The ministry and Dean have not decided whether to press charges as of yet.
In a short, edited video, the woman can be seen and heard telling Dean's staffers, "I know what's in our Constitution and you don't." Then, she claims that she teaches the Constitution, charging that the nation's most central document advocates for the "separation of church and state."
From there, the clash between the two parties intensifies with the aforementioned details coming to fruition.
Watch the clip, below:
Now, it should be noted that it's unclear how the debate between the two parties commenced. TheBlaze called Dean staffer Jake MacAulay to ask for a more complete and unedited clip. Following the call, he sent us a link to five minutes of footage that provides a bit more context.
The longer clip shows the woman demanding that the ministry workers move away from both her and her vehicle. While she repeatedly asked the individual filming the incident to stop, the footage continued to be captured and these pleas were ignored. While not excusing her actions, it does help explain them.
After apparently hitting the cameraman with her bag, she screamed, "Get away from my car!"
Watch the more complete video, below:
As the release notes, the ministry has not decided whether or not to press charges against the woman.
For more about Dean and his ministry and the controversies they've been engaged in, read TheBlaze's past coverage.
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