About a year ago, we covered the antics of Dean "Brother Dean" Saxton, a University of Arizona student who's styled himself a sort of one-boy Westboro Baptist Church. Saxton considers himself a "sign from God," and whiles away the hours preaching on campus about how whores "deserve rape," everyone should stop masturbating, Muslims are evil, "Yoga pants are sin," and homos are going to hell.
Today, VICE released a short documentary profile of the campus preacher, and it's equal parts heartening and horrifying. Horrifying that Brother Dean exists (and that his creepy Duggaresque parents blithely support his cause), but heartening that he's such a spectacular failure.
At the time of filming, Brother Dean was busy protesting Brave Miss World, a documentary about Linor Abargil, a Miss World contestant who was abducted, raped, and non-fatally stabbed just months before winning the title.
You know, she is a beauty pageant contestant and there is a lot of provocative, um, you know, seductive pictures of her that, you know, she has put out of herself. I mean, I believe that if she was at home, and if she had, um, kept to her Orthodox Jewishness that that rape really probably would not have happened.
...I believe that there are certain qualities that may be worthy of rape.
Perhaps the film's most important (and least surprising) revelation is that Brother Dean is a shambling idiot whom nobody likes. In between clips of him preaching gregariously to no one and getting doused with angry feminist smoothies, he attempts to philosophize on the plight of the misunderstood prophet:
The preaching puts someone into a wilderness—a wilderness of aloneness.
...If you decide to do what the Bible says, you will be alone most of the time. Being passionate about anything, there will come a cost. The cost that I had to pay, and that anyone else who wants to do this will have to pay is that you won't have very many friends at all. And there won't be very many people who will want to talk to you. But, um, I believe that it's worth it.
If this wasn't the kind of rhetoric that literally destroys the lives of rape victims, it'd almost be worth a frowny-face. But it's definitely worth a hate-watch.