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Freedom From Idiocy Rally This Monday in Helena

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.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.


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  • Meanwhile in Ravalli county.

    “About 500 people settled into the bleachers at the Hamilton Junior High School gym for a meeting that garnered a large cheer when the commissioners announced it would begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and included a loud emphasis from the crowd on the words “under God” during its recital.

    The commissioners recently released their proposed letter to the U.S. State Department that opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the county and surrounding area. The draft letter expressed concerns about the community’s safety due to government’s inability to adequately vet the refugees to ensure they don’t belong to a terrorist organization.

    Most of the people who spoke Thursday agreed with them.

    Commission Chair Ray Hawk opened the meeting by saying they had received a good deal of correspondence on the issue, with a margin of about 50 to 1 in opposition to allowing refugees to settle in Ravalli County.

    After a commissioner read the proposed letter, most people in the gymnasium rose to their feet and applauded.”-Missoulian

    • One nation under my ASS, sWeed! Sorry, but your god is a frickin’ PERVO FASCIST INBRED PSYCHOTIC MURDERER! Yup! But my God, MY God, has your god beat all to hell! SO, dude, let’s pledge to MY god! The flying fornicating SPAGHETTI monster! Deal?

      sWeed, you DO know that the dude who wrote the pledge was a…..wait for it………wait for it………..wait for it…………A SOCIALIST, right! And that the inbreds only added the words “under god” during the McCarthy era!

      sWeed, can it, dude. You simpletons don’t do your “god” any favors when you spout horse shit. No wait, I’ll bite. Give me one little teensy tiny piddly little PROOF that your “god” exists, OR cares about the good ol’ USA, and then, I’ll buy your holy horse shit by the wagon load! But until then, why don’t you just STFU with all this religeeous nonsense, for it makes you look simple minded!

      • sWEED, here, I’ll help. Juro fidelidad a la bandera de los estado unidos de America,y a la republica que representa, un nacion, bajo BIG BUTTER JESUS, con libertad, y justicia para todos!

        Yippers! To show respeto to sWEED and all his inbred pals down in the Bitteroot, I pledge one nation UNDER BIG BUTTER JAYSUS! Jesus Grande de Manequilla!

        I’m God, and I approved this message! Too funny. Why CAN’T we pledge to Big Butter Jesus, sWeed? Makes as much, nay MORE sense than what you and your inbred pals ask!

        • OOOPSIE! They forgot to make Jesus FIRE resistant! Wells sir, once they made him the SECOND time, or in other words, his SECOND coming, they made him fire resistant! SO, I think that for all the inbreds down in the Bitterroot, we otter change the wording to “one nation under FIRE RESISTANT Jaysus”! Hey, works for me!

          • ohh………………..GOD, sWeed! I THEENK he’s singin’ ’bout your undergod folks down in the Bitterroot! Where “there’s a roll back on evolution”! hahahah. A rollback on evolution! Bitterroot, right?

            Funniest song you’ll hear all day, I guaran-frickin’t TEE it!


            p.s. I seen to fatties today at Sams Club, a couple, male and female,gi NORMUS young folks, and I really, really, REALLY wanted to ask them just HOW they have sex! For logistically it seems impossible! But I didn’t.

            • A little first grader turns to her mother before getting on the bus and asks, “Why is my backpack so heavy mommy?”

              Mom replies, “Allahu Akbar sweetie”.

              • DANM, sWeed, you really ARE a bigot! But sWeed, the only leetle PROBLEM is that you left OFF the REST of the story!

                First grader says, “mommy, am I gonna blow myself up for God?”

                Mommys says, “Yes, sweetie, for they are infidels!”

                But mommy, don’t they worship the same God WE do, the God of Abraham?

                Well, yes they actually do, but we gotta blow them up ANY way because they are terrorists! They have murdered over a MILLION of our people for no reason other than an idiot name of Bush started a war on innocents!

                Well OK, then. Just how do I work this thing?!

                Just push that button, and remember, ONE NATION UNDER ALLAH!

                • At least have the honesty to admit what this is all about, Don.

                  “Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them. On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal court seeking to reverse a recent decision by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The Commission’s decision allows Kansas and other states, including Arizona and Georgia, to enforce state laws ensuring that only citizens register to vote when they use a federally designed registration form. An initial hearing in the case is set for Monday afternoon, February 22.

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