While a collection of bigots plan to offer their pale imitation of the recent hatefest in Hamilton at the Capitol Monday, locals will have the opportunity to paint Helena in a far more positive light at a counter-protest, called the Freedom From Idiocy Rally. It begins at 11:00 a.m. and you can learn more about their ideas on their Facebook page.
I admire their honesty, as well as their recognition that reason and debate are unlikely to sway people who legitimately fear that Syrian refugees pose a greater threat to our way of life than the right-wing extremists who not only debase our political discourse but make the state look terrible.
From the Freedom From Idiocy page:
Please join us in a counter-protest which responds to the conclusion that families who have lost everything are coming to Montana to enact Sharia law and rape your dogs.
This is not meant to be a counter-protest that seeks to educate these people, but one that gives them the treatment they rightly deserve – Mockery.
There are times for righteous, passionate protest and there are times when people simply deserve our disdain. Try to find a way Monday to sneak over and offer some well-deserved mockery of people who believe still that hate and xenophobia are messages that resonate outside of their compounds.