Right-wing Pastor on Trial for Fraud Says He’s the Victim…of “Religious Bigotry”

A Montana pastor charged with setting up fake companies to steal the life savings of $150,000 from a member of his congregation, says he is the victim of “religious bigotry” by state officials the Missoulian reports.

Pastor Harris Himes, who is renowned for his attacks on women and gays, is facing several felonies for theft and fraud.  Himes and another right-wing pastor who conspired with him in the scam lured the victim to an abandoned building in Mexico that they had claimed was the site of their “investment” and then left him.  This looks pretty bad.  Presumably when you steal money from a gringo and leave him in the middle of Mexico, you’re hoping he doesn’t make it back state-side to turn you in.

The scam was shut down by Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen and Ravalli County authorities.

Himes, who is from Hamilton filed court documents that said “bias against conservative Christians” rather than his crime, led to charges against him.

He lobbied heavily in the legislature for bills to repeal the ban against discrimination against gays, and also for bills to eliminate Montana’s constitutional right to privacy. During the 2011 legislative session, he even told legislators that he believes gay people should be put to death.

Himes partnered with TEA Party legislators like Bob Wagner and Derek Skees to back outrageous proposals like the birther bill, among others.

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19 Comments on "Right-wing Pastor on Trial for Fraud Says He’s the Victim…of “Religious Bigotry”"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 25, 2012 7:02 AM at 7:02 AM |

    NOT MY FAVORITE PASTORD, HAIRASS SLIMES! Oh me oh my. Now, Hairass will be able to start that prison ministry he’s always wanted to establish! And hence, I’m asking all good Kristyeeans out there to contribute to the Pastord Hairass Slimes Soap on a Rope fund! The good pastord’s gonna NEED it where HE’S goin’!

    bwhahahahahahahahahaa!

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow. The Lord truly DOES work in mysterious ways!

    Buh BYE, Hairass! I wish you and your new roommate Bubba all the best!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 25, 2012 7:23 AM at 7:23 AM |

      Maybe Pope Really Windy Wendy Wharpedburpin’ will testify as to his sterling character at his trial. Remember that Ms. Wharpedburpin’ was Hairass’s good buddy during the Lege! OH how hard it is to be a christian now days with all the commies out to get ya!

      bwhhahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa!

      Oh God please make them stop! This is WAY too funny!

  2. Anyone else notice that the Missoulian’s pic of this guy has Jeff Lazsloffy prominently featured in the background. I notice none of this slimeball’s ally’s are coming out to condem his actions. Telling.

  3. Himes “said he has statements from two former auditor employees showing that decision-makers in the office “engage in acts of religious bigotry almost daily.”

    He may have statements by former employees claiming this, but he doesn’t have statements “showing” it. How much do you want to bet that, if this is true, (which I doubt) that these were disgruntled former employees who were fired for some reason.

  4. The Missoulian should post the court documents. Now THAT would be a good read. Sometimes I’ve seen them posted in the past so perhaps they’ll get on the ball here soon.

    • I agree, the court documents need to be posted! Get with the program MIssoulian. You can redact the name of the former auditor’s office staffers.

  5. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | September 25, 2012 9:21 AM at 9:21 AM |

    Let’s show a little christian COMPASSION here, folks! Sure, Hairass is a sinner, but aren’t we all? I know I am.

    Thus, I’m starting the Pasord Hairass Slimes defense fund! I selling little pink bracelets with WWJFLM for a buck. Show your support for this poor, pathetic, inbred, ignernt sinner by purchasing one. It’ll bring ya good luck with the Lord.

    Oh, what do those letters mean? Sorry, I forgot. WWJFLM means Who Would Jesus Fuckover and Leave in Mexico!

    bwhhahahahahahahahahaaa!

    And really, Hairass said in the article that some people called him a “wacko”. Just because he calls for death for homos, we really should call him a wacko, should we?

    YES WE SHOULD!

    Come ON, GF Spitoon. When are you idiots gonna get off your asses and WRITE an editorial about these traitorous assholes???

  6. Put down the crack pipe pastor Himes. You stole a mans life savings and left him in Mexico. You’re going to jail.

  7. I wonder if HImes asked himself “who would Jesus defraud of their life savings”?

    If he felt any compassion or remorse for the victim he wouldn’t be trying to delay justice with sham legal motions. What a dick.

  8. The innuendo and slur throught this article was a real problem “gay rights” is a divisive and biased term that discriminates against those who love and follow our Savior. You people here appear to need a Savior more than most. Seek Him.

    • Hail Satan, my savior …

      Putting your head in your butt isn’t really a smart thing to do.

    • The Batman would make a better savior than the one Harris Himes claims wants death for gay people-and the Batman is more likely to exist than this supposed hate-Jesus

    • I don’t think so, Drill. The term gay rights are in no way an affront to Christians, anymore than the term animal rights discriminates against ranchers. It is a descriptive term of precisely whose rights are at stake. On a hierarchy of rights, what rights of yours are being infringe upon? You will always retain your right to preach your religion, to practice it freely. No one is forcing Himes to perform gay marriages. The worst that might be expected? You’d have to rent an apartment to a gay person, or hire one for a job they are qualified for. If Jesus ate with tax collectors, I think He can forgive you hiring a gay person.

    • on what planet do you live on whereon uttering the term “gay rights” is discrimination? and more importantly, what’s wrong with the air on said planet that your brain has become so deprived of oxygen.

  9. Another who believes “Personal Responsibility for thee but not for me”

    http://www.salon.com/2012/09/24/lies_gaffes_taxes_mitt_can_never_take_responsibility/

  10. What a thoroughly creepy old dude…. I hope he reaps every dirty thing he has sown……….

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