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Montana Tea Party President Removed for Facebook Remarks Condoning Violence Against Gay People

Ravndal

Last week I posted a screenshot of a Faceboook conversation in which Tim Ravndal, the President of Montana's Big Sky Tea Party condoned violence against gay people. The remarks came in a post in which Ravndal expressed his views that marriage should be between a man and a woman. The post was in response to an ACLU lawsuit in Montana brought by seven gay couples who want to get married.

Ravndal 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?"

Helena's Independent Record reports that Ravndal has been removed from his position and the party:

"Jim Walker, chairman of the Big Sky Tea Party Association board and an early founder of the anti-big- government group locally, said in a release that as soon as the board learned of Ravndal’s inflammatory comment, they called an emergency meeting to address the situation."

Said Walker: “We are extremely disappointed by Mr. Ravndal’s commentary. The discussion in that Facebook conversation is entirely outside the position of the Big Sky Tea Party. Even though Mr. Ravndal was having a personal conversation and made no reference to our group, we felt strongly that swift and decisive action was required as we cannot accept that sort of behavior from within our membership, let alone from an officer of the corporation. “We continually make it known that we will not tolerate bigoted dialog, behavior or messages at our functions, our meetings or within our ranks. If a person demonstrates bigotry relative to race, sex, ethnicity, etc. they are not welcome in our organization. The Tea Party movement is about standing up for individual freedom for everyone.”

Continued Walker: “I do believe Mr. Ravndal when he explained that he was in no way intending to promote violence and that he was not thinking about nor condoning the murder of an innocent victim in Wyoming in 1998 when he responded to some very disturbing comments made by another individual. However, no matter how we considered the commentary, it was clear to us that he was participating in conversation which was overtly bigoted and we cannot have an officer of our corporation engaging in such behavior.”

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  1. ahhhh... back-peddling seems to be a very popular exercise these days. But as the 'action' so happens in real life... gets the 'peddler' no-where fast.

    Posted by: aleabeth | Sep 7, 2010 9:17:13 AM


  2. They called an "emergency meeting" a week after the shit happened?

    BIGOT FAIL.

    Posted by: Rick Gold | Sep 7, 2010 9:25:53 AM


  3. Doesn't that raise a privacy issue? A facebook conversation?

    Posted by: Jacob Woods | Sep 7, 2010 9:38:48 AM


  4. But wait! There's more!
    http://dgsma.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/from-the-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it-department/

    Posted by: D Gregory smith | Sep 7, 2010 9:40:52 AM


  5. this dude in the picture looks like the poster child for "Dont let your daughter marry a RED NECK"

    Posted by: x man | Sep 7, 2010 9:57:44 AM


  6. I guess we fall somewhere under, "etc.".

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 7, 2010 10:02:50 AM


  7. Would you buy a used condom from that man?

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Sep 7, 2010 10:03:50 AM


  8. What privacy issue? Facebook, by design, is a public forum and is not private; not even Facebook pages that are restricted to "friends only" would be covered by "privacy" guidelines. Something tells me that this asshat's Facebook page was not "friends only" which makes the privacy question even more moot.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 7, 2010 10:06:33 AM


  9. People mock and dismiss the Tea-baggers at their own peril... they're smart enough to stick to their "we're about low taxes" mantra, but if they are successfully elected they are certainly going to be among the MOST conservative reps...

    We're becoming a nation of outraged idiots, but when they show up & vote, they'll be in a position to shape of nation for decades to come. Every election matters.

    Posted by: stephen | Sep 7, 2010 10:08:00 AM


  10. "a violation of my rights" -- wtf is wrong with these people's brains? it's so discouraging that these people have a voice and that people actually listen to them -- and so far, it's them who've got the upper hand until there's full civil rights equality.

    god, imagine these assholes back a century ago saying that it was a violation of their rights to allow blacks to marry whites, or to even consider giving up their black slaves! what a violation of their rights!

    Posted by: topher | Sep 7, 2010 10:13:39 AM


  11. I did a followup on how now Montana Tea Party SECRETARY and Republican Candidate Kristi Allen-Gailushas has issued a war on the gay community.

    http://www.back2stonewall.com/2010/09/kristi-allen-gailushas-montana-big-sky.html

    Posted by: Will | Sep 7, 2010 11:59:46 AM


  12. "bigotry relative to race, sex, ethnicity, etc."

    We can't talk about it specifically, but we'll use it as an excuse to get rid of this guy we probably don't like for other reasons.

    Posted by: Bruno | Sep 7, 2010 2:30:21 PM


  13. F****k him, Im glad he's out!!!!

    Posted by: MistyD | Sep 7, 2010 9:48:54 PM


  14. Perhaps when the last remaining handful of tigers and rhinos has finally and inevitably been exterminated to satisfy the demands of traditional Asian folk remedies for sexual dysfunction, we might all revisit this discussion. I had thought maybe that the best chance these species had for survival was the availability of cheap Viagra.

    That said, what is uncivilised is not the Chinese, but the unchallenged survival of a counterproductive cultural mythology no longer valid in the 21st century.

    Posted by: derrysf | Sep 8, 2010 1:10:19 AM


  15. The Tea-Parties are disturbingly similar to the proto-Nazi's of post WWI Germany.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Sep 8, 2010 1:57:17 AM


  16. Ignorant doodoo faced bigot!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Sep 8, 2010 9:38:09 AM


  17. Leon Litwack, "Trouble In Mind". We're in the lynching years. Do your research. Use their hate against them. Arm and defend yourself. Take self-defense classes. Learn how to use a gun. Learn concealed weapons laws in your state. Don't stand for this violence - either in speech or behavior.

    We need to think like Malcolm, to defend ourselves and not let anyone lay their hands on us for any reason at any time. By any means necessary.

    Posted by: Greg | Sep 8, 2010 10:51:59 AM


  18. It's not just Montana. I live in an urban area known for it's progressive attitudes. Attitudes along the lines of "live & let live", including a large 'glbt..uvxyz' community. We are surrounded by what used to be just right wing republicans...but now? We are surrounded by people who are being told it's ok to hate anyone who is not:

    White
    Straight
    UN-educated
    "Christian"

    These are not just interesting times we live in, they may be the 'end of times', but not for the reasons the thumpers think. I suspect there's a revolution coming & it won't be pretty. Once the teabaggers gain power the hispanic/black/gay/disgusted will all be on the same page:

    Destroy those who would destroy us. Period. (Like I said, it won't be pretty...)

    Thankfully Canada has implied that they may consider 'non-heterosexuals' asylum if this form of prejudice increases. That's good news, if it happens (w/Canadians humanistic p.o.v. it probably will...)

    Posted by: CRG | Sep 8, 2010 2:19:04 PM


  19. No doubt they have gained many goproud members from this.

    Posted by: doug105 | Sep 27, 2011 10:13:46 PM


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