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Jeff Laszloffy’s Priorities: Jeff and Laszloffy

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While the actual wording may be apocryphal, I’ve always enjoyed the quotation attributed to Gandhi in which he said, “I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ.” I can’t think of a person who better embodies this idea than Jeff Laszloffy of Montana Family Foundation, the absolutely odious head of the Montana Family Foundation.

Laszloffy’s latest affront to decency comes from his unlistenable radio show. During a five minute segment called “A Depraved Mind is a Sad Thing” (not for the weak of stomach of strong of mind), Laszloffy piously intones about the sinful nature of man over the past 2000 years. Laszloffy claims, that while he was listening to testimony, “God gave him an amazing revelation,” one that led to personal attacks about the appearance, age, and sexual orientation of his opponents, culminating in the claim that people who simply disagree about legislation have “depraved minds” that are determined to turn Montana into Sodom. It’s interesting how often Jeff’s version of God is so filled with hatred.

For the most part, it seems that this is the core of Laszloffy’s job as head of the Montana Family Foundation: lurking around, waiting for opportunities to exploit local controversies and to demonize anyone he believes is headed to hell—all so he can line his own pockets. A review of the Montana Family Foundation’s 990 reports to the IRS reveals that Laszloffy has taken in over $80,000 in personal salary each of the past three years, and amount absolutely dwarfing the organization’s expenditures on programs or education. I know that when I spend my charitable dollars, I look for organizations that spend their donations on something other than salaries of their self-aggrandizing leaders.

If Laszloffy has nothing better to do than demonize opponents and make unfair accusations about their character, I ‘d think a Christian could find any number of charities and organizations who truly exemplify the values of Christ: compassion, love, and forgiveness. I must have missed the part of the New Testament that called for smug condescension and self-righteous arrogance. Laszloffy certainly missed this passage from Zephaniah:

Seek the LORD,
All you (B)humble of the earth
Who have carried out His ordinances;
(C)Seek righteousness, seek humility
Perhaps you will be (D)hidden
In the day of the LORD’S anger.

H/T: Thanks to Jamee Greer for pointing out this broadcast.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-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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  • “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Ghandi
    Filed

    But my personal favorite of Ghandi, his Seven Deadly Sins.

    1. Wealth without work. (kock, bush, et al)
    2. Pleasure without conscience
    3. Knowledge without character
    4. Commerce without morality
    5. Science without humanity
    6. Worship without sacrifice
    7. Politics without prinicpal

  • “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Ghandi
    Filed

    But my personal favorite of Ghandi, his Seven Deadly Sins.

    1. Wealth without work. (kock, bush, et al)
    2. Pleasure without conscience
    3. Knowledge without character
    4. Commerce without morality
    5. Science without humanity
    6. Worship without sacrifice
    7. Politics without prinicpal

  • Borrowng form Ghandi, I like Christians, but I don't like christers! How does one tell the difference. Well,you can SEE Christains, but you only HEAR christers! The christers are the tiny little farts like Jerk Lafflooney who are always yapping about god revealing things to them, kinda like a divine colonoscopy. Things are hidden WAY up Jerk Laffloopy's ass until the Divine Colonoscopy REVEALS them to little jeffy! Then, he sees clearly god's plan! It's kinda like a divine head up ass!

    THESE are the christers!

    Then there are Christians. You don't hear them. You just see them. They've got it. They don't need to yell and shout and yap about. They live by example, with that inner peace that I'll never have nor fathom. They DON'T show up and yap about the divine colonoscopy. They just live quite, ordinary, extraordinary lives radiating God's peace and love. And they do His work whether you know about it or not.

    I know them. I see them occasionally. And I admire and envy them. And yet at the same time, I pity them for the terrible burden they have imposed upon themselves to live the way they do.

    So, the big difference between the christers and the Christians is that the christers you hear, Christians you see.

  • Borrowng form Ghandi, I like Christians, but I don’t like christers! How does one tell the difference. Well,you can SEE Christains, but you only HEAR christers! The christers are the tiny little farts like Jerk Lafflooney who are always yapping about god revealing things to them, kinda like a divine colonoscopy. Things are hidden WAY up Jerk Laffloopy’s ass until the Divine Colonoscopy REVEALS them to little jeffy! Then, he sees clearly god’s plan! It’s kinda like a divine head up ass!

    THESE are the christers!

    Then there are Christians. You don’t hear them. You just see them. They’ve got it. They don’t need to yell and shout and yap about. They live by example, with that inner peace that I’ll never have nor fathom. They DON’T show up and yap about the divine colonoscopy. They just live quite, ordinary, extraordinary lives radiating God’s peace and love. And they do His work whether you know about it or not.

    I know them. I see them occasionally. And I admire and envy them. And yet at the same time, I pity them for the terrible burden they have imposed upon themselves to live the way they do.

    So, the big difference between the christers and the Christians is that the christers you hear, Christians you see.

  • To what Christ are you referring?

    The Christ of the Bible claims to be God. The same God of the Old Testament. The same God who, when He could no longer find a man willing to stand up to homosexuality, justly poured out fire and brimstone on Sodom. Jeff is hardly pouring out fire and brimstone. He has a very Christ-like, loving tone. He is simply pointing out the truth: that the God of the Bible hates sin of all kinds, and loves those who stand for what is right.

    The reality that you are slandering Jeff points to the fact that he is doing the right thing. He is a threat to anyone who wants to redefine the role of the family, marriage, or parenting so that their is any room for what God hates.

    • Solid – you have every sign of being a one time commenter who doesn't both to see the reaction to your comments, which makes me sad. So I'm going to hope you come back to learn a thing or two, and I hope Pogie will forgive my preaching.

      You cite the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and yet you don't understand it. The only homosexuality even alluded to in the story was after the Angels take refuge with Lot – the men of Sodom want to have sex with them. Of course, they don't succeed.

      However, you should be asking "why did the Angel visit the cities to begin with?" Well, that would be because the cities were already famous for their sins. What sins might those be? Well, Genesis doesn't make it clear. But Ezekial does!

      Ezekial 16:49 "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Now, tell me, is Laszloffy strengthening the hand of the poor and needy by taking his salary and stigmatizing other Montanans?

      And another question – why do most people on the Christian Right not realize this? Could it be that most Christians haven't truly examined the holy books of their faith? Do they have so little respect for the words of God that they haven't bothered to look at them in depth? Or do they feel that political gain is more important than accuracy of the religion? For Laszloffy, it surely is.

    • Do you know what slander means? I think not.

      I'd think, given your work, you'd be more upset that Mr. Laszloffy spends vastly more money on his salary than on programs for teenagers. Seriously, take a look at his tax forms. Hardly Christ-like, if you ask me.

  • To what Christ are you referring?

    The Christ of the Bible claims to be God. The same God of the Old Testament. The same God who, when He could no longer find a man willing to stand up to homosexuality, justly poured out fire and brimstone on Sodom. Jeff is hardly pouring out fire and brimstone. He has a very Christ-like, loving tone. He is simply pointing out the truth: that the God of the Bible hates sin of all kinds, and loves those who stand for what is right.

    The reality that you are slandering Jeff points to the fact that he is doing the right thing. He is a threat to anyone who wants to redefine the role of the family, marriage, or parenting so that their is any room for what God hates.

    • Solid – you have every sign of being a one time commenter who doesn’t both to see the reaction to your comments, which makes me sad. So I’m going to hope you come back to learn a thing or two, and I hope Pogie will forgive my preaching.

      You cite the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and yet you don’t understand it. The only homosexuality even alluded to in the story was after the Angels take refuge with Lot – the men of Sodom want to have sex with them. Of course, they don’t succeed.

      However, you should be asking “why did the Angel visit the cities to begin with?” Well, that would be because the cities were already famous for their sins. What sins might those be? Well, Genesis doesn’t make it clear. But Ezekial does!

      Ezekial 16:49 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” Now, tell me, is Laszloffy strengthening the hand of the poor and needy by taking his salary and stigmatizing other Montanans?

      And another question – why do most people on the Christian Right not realize this? Could it be that most Christians haven’t truly examined the holy books of their faith? Do they have so little respect for the words of God that they haven’t bothered to look at them in depth? Or do they feel that political gain is more important than accuracy of the religion? For Laszloffy, it surely is.

    • Do you know what slander means? I think not.

      I’d think, given your work, you’d be more upset that Mr. Laszloffy spends vastly more money on his salary than on programs for teenagers. Seriously, take a look at his tax forms. Hardly Christ-like, if you ask me.

  • Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

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