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The Unabomber. The Montana Militia. The Freemen standoff. Hardin prison nut jobs. Hank Williams, Jr. It seems every couple of years my beloved state of Montana produces some embarrassing development that results in national headlines leading the rest of the country into thinking that we’re just a grizzly-infested outpost that contains nothing but paranoid psychopathic hillbillies. “Montana is crazy,” says the rest of the country. “We should give that state back to Canada.” Our latest black eye is the Montana GOP’s attempt to outlaw homosexuality. In their sweaty obsession with pressing their bloodshot eyes up against the keyholes of Montana’s bedroom doors, the Republican party has been trying to make “homosexual acts” illegal since 1997. I can’t help but wonder if these “acts” include having an uncanny knack for selecting a club playlist, or displaying fabulous taste in general.

Illegal To Be Gay? What Is This, Texas?

The Unabomber. The Montana Militia. The Freemen standoff. Hardin prison nut jobs. Hank Williams, Jr. It seems every couple of years my beloved state of Montana produces some embarrassing development that results in national headlines leading the rest of the country into thinking that we’re just a grizzly-infested outpost that contains nothing but paranoid psychopathic hillbillies. “Montana is crazy,” says the rest of the country. “We should give that state back to Canada.”

Our latest black eye is the Montana GOP’s attempt to outlaw homosexuality. In their sweaty obsession with pressing their bloodshot eyes up against the keyholes of Montana’s bedroom doors, the Republican party has been trying to make “homosexual acts” illegal since 1997. I can’t help but wonder if these “acts” include having an uncanny knack for selecting a club playlist, or displaying fabulous taste in general. The fact that the Montana Supreme Court struck down any such laws in 1997 has not deterred the GOP. They know how we should all conduct our lives, and they can’t wait to shove it down our throats.

For all their flag-wrapped bluster about “individual freedoms,” they sure seem anxious to quash as many as they can. Why does all this reactionary, conservative oppression seem to go hand in hand? Anti-abortion. Anti-gay marriage. Anti-immigration. Anti-teen dancing. Oh wait, that was Footloose. Why do most conservatives have such a hard time learning to live and let live? Hey, if you don’t like abortion, don’t have one. Don’t like gay sex? Don’t engage in it. Nobody’s holding a gun to your head, Mr. and Ms. Republican’t, although I’m sure you would aggressively defend their Second Amendment right to do so.

Sexual orientation is not a choice, any more than eye color is. What’s next, making it illegal to be black? Locking people up for being left-handed? Hard time for possession of freckles with the intent to distribute? Come on, Republicans, join us out here in the light. We’re trying to make good time down the evolutionary interstate, and you keep driving your Suburbans down these counterproductive off-ramps. Yes, we know that money is more important to you than human rights, but by advancing this anti-gay stance, you’re shooting yourself in the pro-business foot with a big ol’ handgun of bigotry. The movie industry, theater, dance, hell, the arts in general, are loaded with gays. You’re sending the message that us cowpokes out here in the wild west don’t cotton to none o’ them sek-shu-all deviants. These industries won’t bring their business where they have to face discrimination, and we all lose out. Wake up, for crying out loud! You’re acting like it’s still the 50s. The 1750s.

Evidently, the GOP’s displeasure with the state Supreme Court’s decision to treat homosexuals like human beings has prevented the party from removing the hateful position from their platform for thirteen years. “Oh, we just haven’t gotten around to it,” they say. “We would have deleted it, but we were having the carpets cleaned.” Montana GOP honcho Bowen Greenwood actually said that it just has never come up for discussion. Never mind that anti-sodomy laws were struck down in 2003 as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Lawrence v Texas, 539 U.S. 558. “Oh, that Supreme Court,” says the Montana GOP, “they’re always trying to make a federal case out of everything.” This case originated in Texas! When it comes to gay tolerance, they make Montana look like Fire Island.

Yes, I poke fun, but to be fair, not all Republicans are bad. Just as it’s wrong to characterize every Montana Democrat as a Phish-loving, Prius-driving organic vegan Birkenstock enthusiast, it’s unfair to say every Republican is a Bible-squeezing, pistol-waving greedhead who is against paying any taxes unless it’s used to fund an aircraft carrier. In fact, Republican state Senator John Brueggeman of Polson agrees that the homophobic philosophy should be removed from the party’s platform. “Does anybody think we should be arresting homosexual people?” he told an AP writer last week. “If you take that stand, you probably shouldn’t be in the Republican party.”

Good for Brueggeman. He asserts that most members of the GOP in Montana are against the policy, as it contradicts their belief in individual freedoms and limited government. Now, it remains to be seen if the state’s Republicans will put their money where their mouth is. I hope they will seize this opportunity to send a badly needed message of tolerance to their party members, and to the constituents they represent. In our current atmosphere of polarized politics and harsh rhetoric from both sides of the political spectrum, the Montana GOP has a golden opportunity to display their compassion, their intelligence, and their tolerance. If Brueggeman is right, and most party members agree that the position should be removed from their platform, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing so.

Don’t blow it, Republicans.

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22 comments

  1. You poor, confused idiot. I support gay rights, gay marriage, gays in the military etc., all guaranteed by the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  2. Well I for one think Bob nailed this one right on the head.

    The GOP is being hijacked by the extreme right, not just in Montana, but all across the country. I’m thinking the Dems may not take it in the shorts as badly as predicted come November.

    The American voter is getting sick of hearing far left and right squabbling; it’s like listening to a white trash couple scream at each other out in front of their 14 x 70 over why their oldest got busted for meth.

    Make being gay illegal…really?

    My favorite line:

    “In their sweaty obsession with pressing their bloodshot eyes up against the keyholes of Montana’s bedroom doors, the Republican party has been trying to make “homosexual acts” illegal since 1997.”

    Well done.

  3. Remember: no one is born divorced, it’s a lifestyle choice.

  4. Bob I find myself in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with everything you just wrote. I think I am going to go the hell now. =)

  5. It really boils down to one issue: Either you believe the Bible is true, or you don’t. If you believe it’s true, then you realize “homosexuality” (sodomy) is a sinful CHOICE, of which a “gay” person ought to repent. If you don’t believe the Bible is true, then you would tend to tolerate this and many other types of sin, at your own peril. This mindset, propagated by our liberal mainstream media and many of our public schools, is why our country is deteriorating so rapidly.

    Cheers to the Montana GOP, from a Christian conservative in the very blue state of New Jersey!

  6. Using Faith to justify Bigotry doesn’t eliminate the Bigotry. Faith, after all is a belief held regardless of the evidence. The Bible and other religious texts like the Qur’an, the Talmud, the Sutras, Book of Mormon etc. are a mixture of myth and history written by men being past off as factual by some. Lucky for us, or maybe not, we have the freedom to believe what we want even if its not true. And of course we have the religious freedom to declare war on those who believe otherwise, which has happened a lot in the last 5 thousand years.

  7. i think this is wrong from the beginning there was a man and a women is not right to have sex with someone that is from the same sex that’s why when a man an a women make love they have a baby.can a man and a man have a baby no that’s a prove that there should not be gay marriage there should not be “gays” at all is wrong they just don’t know what to do anymore.

  8. No one here is using faith to justify bigotry. Bigotry is just as wrong as sodomy. True Christians do not look down on homosexuals (all men are created equal), but we would be dishonoring our God if we were not to take a stand against their lifestyle. As “jossy” pointed out, homosexuality is simply not natural; therefore, it is not normal. But the root issue is not whether it’s “normal;” it is whether it’s wrong and should be outlawed. Oh, how much better our society would be if our laws were enacted and enforced in accordance with Bible principles!

  9. “against their lifestyle” No lifestyle difference between Gays and Straights. Some jump in bed with a different partner every day, some change occasionally, and some mate for life. “simply not natural” Anatomical differences in brain structure have been found in Gays. Other warm blooded animal populations have between 2 to 10% exhibit homosexual tendencies. “Bible principles” Which would you prefer, Christian Law or Sharia Law or Talmudic Law, or Hindu Law or Secular law?

  10. Until the human race outgrows our fascination, devotion and inerrant belief in 2000+ year old myths, we are destined to this kind of bigoted, rigid thinking disguised as faith. If it doesn’t look like love, it is usually fear.

    “Don’t ever trust another man’s revelation.” Any man who claims to know the mind of God is at the least sadly mistaken and the worse a fool.

  11. There is a special place in hell for people who declare others are going to go there.

  12. All of this type of crapola (from both parties) is simply a smoke screen to divert attention from the fact that our elected officials are doing nothing to fix the mess this nation is in. Both parties are just as bad, and neither is willing to risk doing anything constructive. All they do is play into the paparazzi media, we now call news, to get their sensational headlines. It is no one’s business if you want to sleep with a chicken….certainly not the government’s. While people get riled up about this type of non-government topic, they go about the business of wrecking this country with their own self-centered ambitions. I’m disgusted with the lot of them. My vote is now for the candidate from whichever party does not currently hold the office….vote the bums out.

  13. Bob,excellent comments. Why is it that those who preach the loudest aganist socialism want government in our bedrooms?

  14. Hahahaha. I love the posts by forgiven1. I wonder if this person has actually read the bible? If so, then they must also support the a man being required to marry his brother’s wife should the man die. How about the whole “eye for an eye”. Sounds a little bit like the punishments they hand out in some of the extremist regions of the middle east. Take a long hard look at what is written in the bible. If forgiven1 would like to start living every day of his/her life by all the rules of the bible (as it has been interperted by many different men over time) I bet that “homosexual acts” would be the one the most minor sins as compared to the full range of other clearly listed sins such as coveting your neighbors wife (check out the stats on cheating), etc. Come on, the bible was written by MEN. It was their INTERPRETATION of the teachings of Jesus or simply stories passed down by word of mouth. You cannot pick out the pieces that support a view of bigotry and say “the bible says so!” unless you are also going to pull out every other rule, every other suggested lifestyle choice and also choose to follow those. I can appreciate that people are tired of all the “sinning” going on in the world and they would like to return to a simpler time, but choosing to say that any person on the face of this earth should be able to condemn another based on their sexual preferences is simply unchristian!

  15. I do not condemn anyone. Even the Lord Jesus made it clear He did not come to condemn, but rather to save. He also established a New Covenant of grace, but in the gospels He mentions hell more often than heaven. Simply stating what the Bible says is sin, does not constitute condemnation. All of us are sinners in need of the Savior.

    It’s true the Word of God was written down by mere humans, but it’s also true that they wrote as they were inspired directly by Almighty God. One is free to reject God’s Word if he/she wishes, and in the USA one is free to worship whatever “god” he/she chooses. That’s one of the greatest things about America!

  16. I wonder if there is a “it’s not gay when you’re under way” clause to this platform?

  17. Hey, it’s not illegal to be gay in Texas. You just can’t get legally divorced if you’re gay in Texas. Family values, dontcha know.

  18. “Sexual orientation is not a choice, any more than eye color is.” Right? While there has been studies done to attempt to prove it, it has never been conclusive. Until it is 100% conclusive, it is untrue.

  19. While there have been studies done attempting to prove a god exists there still is no conclusive answer. I am talking incontrovertible scientific proof, not a Jesus face on toast. Until it is 100% (not even 99 & 44/100%) conclusive, it is untrue.

  20. Religion can be succinctly described as adult make believe. That so many adults are easily duped and brainwashed into believing that religious make believe is actual fact and are willing to fight to the death about it doesn’t reflect well on the state of Human evolution. I asked God one evening why she created human beings and she told me that she was so damn disappointed with apes and monkeys. I responded that she still hasn’t got it right and she needs to keep working on it.

  21. Anyone who does not believe God exists had better be right!

    If you really think about it, it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in a Creator.

  22. The creator will punish you if you don’t believe in creation. Interesting idea. So why didn’t the creator just create people who would all believe in creation? Why create a being that needs to be controlled by punishment?