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Meet a Defender of Sexual Morality: Tim Ravndal

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There’s been a lot of great reporting in the past week all over the state (other than the Lee Newspapers) about the childish, hateful rhetoric coming out of the Republican/Tea Party coalition.

Originally reported by D. Gregory Smith at his blog From Eternity to Here, one can read the kind of thinking that the leader of the Big Sky Tea Party engages in:

Dennis Scranton: “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”

Tim Ravndal: “@Kieth, OOPS I forgot this aint[sic] America no more! @ Dennis, Where can I get that Wyomingprinted instruction manual?”

Dennis Scranton: Should be able to get info Gazette archives. Maybe even an illustration. Go back a bit over ten years.”

  • Advocating violence against gays and lesbians? Check.
  • Juvenile humor seen in 7th grade locker rooms? Check.
  • The kind of hateful rhetoric that should cause one to lose his position of influence in Republican/conservative circles? Apparently not.

Of course, Tim Ravndal is the same person who had to help Kristi Allen-Gailushas file her lawsuit against the Helena School District a few weeks ago (probably because it took two of them to read a map.)

How dare Ravndal and his ilk presume to instruct anyone about what’s appropriate for a health education curriculum when they haven’t progressed past hateful, juvenile homophobia that most people grow out of before puberty ends?  For all the talk about concerns about the details of the health curriculum, it seems quite clear that the real motivation is nothing more than reactionary hatred of gays and lesbians.

Before you get a seat at the big kid table, Tim, maybe you need to grow up.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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