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Montana Tea Party President Condones Violence Against Gays in Facebook Post Supporting Traditional Marriage


This seems to have been posted in late July, but several people have brought it to my attention today. Tim Ravndal, the President of Montana's Big Sky Tea Party Association, expressed his views that marriage should be between a man and a woman in a Facebook posting. The post was in response to an ACLU lawsuit in Montana brought by seven gay couples who want to get married.

Then Ravndal expressed support for a commenter who (in apparent reference to the Matthew Shepard murder) said, "I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions."

Answered Ravndal: "Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?"

In related news, the Montana GOP Platform calls for making homosexual acts illegal.

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  1. You know, I'd love to say that I'm at least a little surprised by this sort of statement, but the sad truth is its nothing new or original. Its still a distressing notion to conceive, especially in an at least MODERATLY pro-gay political climate, but at the same time, I'm in no way shocked by this. What I am thankful for is social networking, and a print screen function... its a good way to keep tabs on the wing-nuts who might try to do more than just political harm to our cause.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 3, 2010 9:10:00 AM

  2. Oh but I thought the Tea Party was supposed to be different. You know, less social conservatism and more fiscal. I guess it really is just the GOP on steroids.

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 3, 2010 9:20:33 AM

  3. "The Montana GOP Platform calls for making homosexual acts illegal."

    Oops, I guess these Repugs up in Big Sky Country aren't part of that growing but small group of enlightened GOPers who profess support for certain GLBT civil rights issues. No, this particular homophobic right-wing Republican group still believes in having the government step in and legally restrict the civil rights of our community. So much for that part of the long-standing GOP platform plank on controlling big government. Duh!

    Hey, Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud, are you going public to challenge Montana on their anti-GLBT stance?

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 3, 2010 9:25:38 AM

  4. I wish I could be surprised. I wonder what goes through people like Dennis Scranton's brain to make comments such as the one he made. We all know a large portion of the TEA party are anti-progress, anti-minority and easily riled. They say they are tired of being "oppressed" yet I don't think they have any idea what real oppression feels, tastes, or smells like.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Sep 3, 2010 9:41:59 AM

  5. Wonder if any of these hard guys who want to decorate the landscape with hanging fruits would be interested in taking on a living, breathing fag one-on-one in a closed room with no weapons.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 3, 2010 9:42:34 AM

  6. Fucking bring it. I'll just shoot anybody who tries. I have absolutely no qualms about doing so in self defense.

    Posted by: Gridlock | Sep 3, 2010 9:49:51 AM

  7. I put my tea bags in the compost bin. Hey, go green; Bury the Bags in crap!

    Will provide instructions.

    Posted by: Tea Bags as Compost | Sep 3, 2010 9:49:52 AM

  8. As posted online, here is Mr. Ravndal's e-mail:

    Also as posted online (by Mr. Ravndal himself), here is his phone number: xxx-xxx-xxxx

    Above info was posted here:

    Notwithstanding Mr. Ravndal's thinly veiled violent reference, I would implore and expect anyone who calls to be civil and non-threatening. There is no value in stooping to his level or doing something unethical or illegal.

    Posted by: WQ5 | Sep 3, 2010 9:57:26 AM

  9. That absolutely turns my stomach. Note to self: don't step foot into Montana!

    Montana: where men are men and sheep are nervous.

    Posted by: ToddE | Sep 3, 2010 9:59:53 AM

  10. Just realized the Mr. Ravndal's FB page already lists the above info. Sorry.

    Posted by: WQ5 | Sep 3, 2010 10:01:58 AM

  11. He has a Facebook page guys... Send him a message, I just did.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 3, 2010 10:10:05 AM

  12. And it's not the only homophobic comment made by a Montana politico recently, Jason Priest's running for MT state Senate and using words like "Keynes is a big homo" and 'we're all getting the dry thumb". There's a lot of ignorance around here- and it wants to run our state.

    Posted by: D Gregory smith | Sep 3, 2010 10:11:41 AM

  13. Hell, send them both a message... Tell your friends and post it on your Facebook. Shame them into the hate-closet.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 3, 2010 10:14:10 AM

  14. It doesn't matter that the Republican platform of Montana and the other 49 states is rabidly anti-gay because Ken Mehlman came out which is proof that Republicans are now our friends. It's not about their platforms or their policies or their votes you see, it's about the fact that a handful of Republicans who hold no office and are running for no office are making nice with the gays.

    We're being told left and right, from Pam Spaulding to John Aravosis, that Ken Mehlman is a sign that the Republican Party has changed. Strange that so many people who should know better aren't willing to wait for at least ONE state Republican platform to at least remove their anti-gay planks before celebrating the Pinking of the Party.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 3, 2010 10:32:58 AM

  15. Need clarification - how does my marriage affect *your* rights? This is the implied argument by the "traditional marriage" advocates, and yet no one can explain how this works.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 3, 2010 10:51:18 AM

  16. Here is the telephone number for Dennis Scranton (406) 234-5882. When I called to ask if he was the one who made the joke about Matthew Shepherd's murder, he called me a "fruitcake" and said "fuck you."

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Sep 3, 2010 11:01:13 AM

  17. They are both going to get soooo much gay porn spam now.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 3, 2010 11:45:41 AM

  18. I noticed that the comment has been taken down from his page. However, I did update my facebook profile with the picture above and with the phone numbers of the two assholes. :)

    Posted by: Joseph L. | Sep 3, 2010 11:55:52 AM

  19. Dennis Scranton and Tim Ravndal can fuck-off-and-die! ... and I say that with all the intentionality of a Phil Hine or an Anton Szandor LaVey.

    Posted by: Didgeridont | Sep 3, 2010 12:17:25 PM

  20. ken mehlman came out!!!!!!!!!!!!

    u ungrateful gays u. U r supposed to throw roses at the feet of the repub party now because ken mehlamn came out and mccains daughter who has never held elected office nor ever will doesnt think gays r all that bad.

    shame on u getting worked up over the offical repub platform in all 50 states when ken mehlman came out of the closet

    Posted by: reality bites | Sep 3, 2010 12:25:36 PM

  21. On Dennis Scranton's Facebook Bio it reads:

    Bio: "Shot down and killed WWII."

    If that were only true.... We would not have had this discussion:

    Me: "May all of your grandchildren come out as gay men and women. Get the mental health help you need before it's too late."

    DS: "David. Too late for me. WWII graduate, my grandchildren are all grown and despise fruits too. Navy use to offer free swimming lessons mid- pacific."

    Me: "Where there is life, it is never too late. Did you think that it was a suggestion from The Lord when he commanded "Thou shall not kill." ? When you fought it World War II were you fighting tyranny or defending it in your mind?"

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 3, 2010 12:30:29 PM

  22. Sounds like Dennis Scranton is older than God's toenail, so the hell with him. As for his "grandchildren," they're probably as dumb as he his, so screw them too.

    Posted by: AaronChgo | Sep 3, 2010 12:52:27 PM

  23. This wall post has since been removed. I went looking for it. I'm pretty sure Facebook can ban people for this type of hate speech. Might send them an email. I know it's probably best just to ignore it, but I can't stand people not facing the consequences for their actions.

    Posted by: Matt McD | Sep 3, 2010 12:58:24 PM

  24. He can come get that manuel from me. I've always wanted to decapitate someone by shotgun.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 3, 2010 1:11:45 PM

  25. That is absolutely disgusting. Period. No excuse.

    Posted by: pharmerandy | Sep 3, 2010 1:32:33 PM

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