If you still think the Tea Party isn’t a bunch of violent bigots….

Tim Ravndal is the leader of the Big Sky Tea PartyThen you haven’t met Tim Ravndal, the leader of the Big Sky Tea Party.  Here is a horrific exchange between Ravndal and a few of his colleagues, which took place on Ravndal’s Facebook page.  Transcript courtesy of D Gregory Smith at the excellent blog From Eternity to Here:

Tim Ravndal: “Marriage is between a man and a woman period! By giving rights to those otherwise would be a violation of the constitution and my own rights”

Kieth Scranton: “How dare you exercise your First Amendment Rights?”

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.”

UPDATE: MrMike, who found the post, has the original screenshot here.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the references, Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998 because he was gay.  Shepard’s murder brought national and international attention to the issue of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.

Tim Ravndal is also the individual who is helping Kristi Allen-Gailushas with her crusade against nutrition, health, and the prevention of bullying.


21 Comments on "If you still think the Tea Party isn’t a bunch of violent bigots…."

  1. I spent several days reading his FB page, and when i found this i was astonished, so i took a photo with my phone, and took some screen shots of it. There are 4 people who “liked” the original comment… I have a screen shot of the people who “liked” it.

    I had just got home from handing out flyers that said “101 ways to say no to sex” & “101 ways to make love with out doing it” when i went back to reading his FB. And thats when i found the comments he and another had made.

    These people are scary! I understand having the right to have guns, but parading them around because your so proud to have them? and then making comments like this? do i feel safe in being in my HOME State, the place where i was Born and Raised? NO I DON’T. I’m worried that i’ll be walking down the street, and have one of these people shoot me with one of there guns there so proud to parade around with!

    • I’m a pacifist by nature, but this Ravndal is one weasel I would love to get in a boxing ring with. Just one round is all I ask for…

  2. Ok-wtf Montana! Mr. Mike this is an amazing find, by which I mean terrifying. This is Denny Rehberg’s and Bowen Greenwood’s Tea Party. Where is the call for disavowel!!

  3. Sorry for the typo all.

  4. I am ashamed to have been silent this long. I am sick to death of these people. I remember when so many folks were astounded and angry that people were saying things about Bristol Palin unwed mommy and Sarah mama grizzly(this makes me sick) said to back off and leave family out of it. Well my daughter is gay and I am damn proud of her. She has two jobs goes to school and pays her taxes. She is smart and beautiful and has purpose in her life. You wanna see defending your “cubs” just keep threatening “our” children with your hate speak and violence. We do need not need guns to defeat the likes of you a complete sentence,with correct spelling will do you in. Hell a complete thought will.

    • A proud Montana woman | September 7, 2010 1:59 PM at 1:59 PM |

      Right on, Suzie. You said it well! Be proud and keep thinking complete and sane thoughts. I am proud of you, too. Tim and people like him are dangerous, but we can prevail with rational thinking, speaking and actions.

  5. comments left on Tim Ravndal’s FB Page in responce to the numbers of people leaving him comments…

    Kristi Allen-Gailushas “No matter what you guys say, Tim is a great American and Patriot. He does have a right to say what he wants. I know that he didn’t mean it, but in the heat of his anger with the ACLU might not have realized what he was saying. The people who are in the TEA party movement are called names all of the time. Racist, extreimest….you name it. Tolerance needs to be done on both sides especially the homosexual side. There isn’t any tolerance for people who have a different opinion than yours. If we say yes to gay marriage where does it stop? The people who want to have more than one spouse will be next and that is against the law. The definition of marriage is between a man and a woman, are we now going to change the definition?”

  6. Krisi is a giant moron! Mike you should get a screenshot!

  7. As far as i’m concerned… Tim has the right to believe what he wants, and say what he wants, but when it comes to making statements about violence and condoning “Mathew Shepard Style Murder” Thats wrong in all ways shapes and forms, and the public deserves to know. Especially if your in charge of an State Wide Organization!

  8. Bob Altemeyer has ‘recently’ written a 15 page paper regarding the Tea Party.

    I strongly recommend reading it :) (as well as his book ‘The Authoritarians’)


    • Very good! Thank you Seth. I read Altemeyer’s book and then passed it on to Kailey. I have some problems with the research as it doesn’t explain our behavior prior to 9/11, so that the authoritarian streak in right wingers appears to be a fear-induced phenomenon, and if so, needs continual reinforcement or it will go away.

      More research is being done on the phenomenon, and Altemeyer will probably be considered a pioneer but wrong in many ways.

      • I’m not sure how the studies he’s conducted could be considered ‘wrong’, nor the conclusions he has drawn from them. He’s been studying authoritarianism since decades before 9/11 ..

        Can you elaborate?

        • The research shows what it shows, but doesn’t delve much into “Why?” The assumption is that it is just so, that right wingers are not as cognitive as lefties. But the numbers really only strongly delineate in environments where there are perceived threats. In the US, since the 1950’s, the fear card has been played ruthlessly, first with Commuism, then with drugs and Saddam, and now Osama. We are never given a chance to relax.

          Altermeyer also measured the response in the Soviet Union, and found our mirror image. Again, however, it was a fear environment, knee deep in agitprop, just like here.

          So he has answered the question as to how various people respond to perceived threats. But he has not really done research into how normal people perceive the world in peaceful societies. I suspect that once you get out of our agitprop-driven places, that authoritarianism is much less pronounced.

          • In the US, since the 1950′s, the fear card has been played ruthlessly, first with Commuism (sic), then with drugs and Saddam, and then Osama and now Nigra Black Panther Muslim Kenyon Socialist ineffective corporatist war monger really-he’s-Bush America hating homosexualist anti-military Israel loathing girly baseball throwing Barry HUSSEIN! Obama

            There, Mark. I fixed that for you.

            • As I’ve said many times before, you have no nose for nuance. Obama is being set up as some kind of scary lefty. But when is politics ever straightforward? If Obama is really just carrying forward with policies in place for decades now, isn’t that nice cover for him?

              I think the first big myth of American politics is that we choose our presidents.

  9. @ MT Cowgirl;
    Is it true that Big Sky Teabbager Jim Walker is a career big-wig with Blue Cross/Blue Shield? (The same scumbags who’ve made a fortune overcharging their clients for premiums and co-pays, and then denying their benefits)

  10. Rodger S. You bring up many interesting facts about Jim Walker lately. I will look into this. You can also email me at mntnacowgirl@gmail.com

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