You heard me.
KXLH News is reporting that:
Tim Ravndal, who headed the Big Sky Tea Party until he was ousted following a controversial message he posted on Facebook, has been tapped for a leadership post in the Lewis & Clark Conservative Tea Party organization in Helena.
In an e-mail, Ravndal said that the Lewis & Clark's Conservative Tea Party is "organized and open for business," and that the purpose of the group is to stop the "extremists' outright attacks on our liberty, freedom, integrity and moral values here in Montana and across America."
The group's founder, Bobbette Madonna, said she is extremely pleased that Ravndal, the former president of the Big Sky Tea Party Association, has been elected as the group's executive director.
Great - the man who wanted the "Wyoming instruction manual" on how to hang fruits is in charge of the newly formed (by the disgruntled) Lewis & Clark Tea Party. The man who openly espoused the murder of other human beings is the executive director of a Montana political organization hiding behind the skirts of "conservatism."
After Ravndal's comments got picked up by national blogs and local news outlets, he issued an apology on Facebook which has since drawn hundreds of responses: "In sharing news about ACLU suing Montana on the gay marriage issue, I made a mistake and commented on a post that implied that I condone violence against another human being. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Those that know me understand and that is all that matters." (emphasis mine)
No, Mr. Ravndal, that is not all that matters. People who preach hate and murder against anyone perceived as different or "immoral" are a threat to the safety of all peace-loving people everywhere. This country was founded on the principle of equal protection under the law. The United States has enshrined life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people in it's code of law. The law of the United States of America, not the King James Version of the Bible (which is a deficient translation in itself, but I digress).
Your remarks and subsequent "apology" do nothing to appease me. It's your actions that I find repulsive and dangerous. Actions which, according to photographic proof, are pretty difficult to deny or misconstrue. You meant those remarks. You played along. You contributed to fear, hate and mistrust in the hearts of Montanans and, sadly, other Americans. That casual conversation is much more a measure of your values than any political statement could ever be. That's who you are.
That's why I don't trust you. That's why you will be held accountable for your words and actions in the future. Too many innocent kids have taken or attempted to take their lives because of words like the ones you and your friends used. Too many minority Americans (pick whichever minority you like) are afraid to live their lives openly for fear of violence or ugliness. That's why I can't believe an organization is "proud" to have you unless they have the same beliefs and values that you do - especially the notorious ones.
Sorry, but I have to stop now.
I feel sick.