Since the Dawn of Time

The Helena City Commission  has voted unanimously to give its preliminary approval to a non-discrimination ordinance they’ve been considering for some time.  In case you missed the hearing, there were some really bizarre statements made in opposition to the idea.

To give you the flavor of who’s against ending discrimination, check out the opposition’s website.  The main argument appears to be that “our values have not changed since the dawn of time” and so we should not be changing a Helena city ordinance either.

It’s hard to calculate the myriad of ways in which this premise is flawed. There are many traditional beliefs have gone by the wayside “since the dawn of time”–and many more have been added.  For example, 14th century dwellers valued burning cats, believing they were Satan’s minions.  With all the cat burning, rats ran rampant– spreading the bubonic plague which killed 200 million people. So that value’s out.

The use of toilet paper wasn’t even around at “the dawn of time” to be valued, yet our beliefs have evolved so that TP it is now widely supported–though perhaps not by everybody if the website’s creator is to be believed.  And slavery, much used in biblical times, is now thankfully illegal. Many kinds of discrimination are now illegal too — though there is still more work to be done.

As to who is behind the opposition site, this man is already taking credit for it, as you can see from this screenshot:

The author, who calls himself only “Jim,” says he’s from Tennessee and is a teacher at an unaccredited local religious school. This is probably Helena Christian School or Last Chance Academy.  In his spare time, he hunts with Rep. Mike Miller (R-HD 84).

Jim says he attended a theological seminary but appears to have dropped out saying he “found that it wasn’t “theological” enough.”   Among the problems Jim found with the the theological school was that it had an Office of Women’s Concerns:

“as if the Bible doesn’t say enough against the role of women’s general LEADERSHIP over the local church.”

He believes that environmentalists are “evil” and that environmentalism is “a religion of human sacrifice.”  As proof of this, Jim explains that the ban on the carcinogenic chemical pesticide DDT was a government conspiracy to “exterminate” more people with malaria than Mao, Stalin, and Hitler killed combined.

If you live in Helena,  and do not want these views incorporated into your city government, do not dispair. Send an email in support of the ordinance and against a bizarre amendment (more on that later) to the city commission at   The idea will have its next hearing on December 17th.


26 Comments on "Since the Dawn of Time"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 3, 2012 10:07 PM at 10:07 PM |

    Wow! THAT dude is the friggin’ SHAKESPEARE of crazy shit! No, I mean that! Read his entire site! It’s GOOD crazy shit! It takes a crazy genius to come up with that!

    SlimJim on the brains may be crazier than dog shit, but MAN is he creative! Bein’ from Tennosee, he musta been BRED (or inbred) right!

  2. Don’t forget the leader of the opposition: Helena businessman Jerry Hamlin.

    “Love the sexual wrong doers, but know what they’re up to.”

    • Oh my! I had entirely forgotten that there are people out there who believe that LGBT people are conspiring to gay-ify the rest of us. Utterly ridiculous! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 4, 2012 6:23 AM at 6:23 AM |

        By GOD they’re RIGHT, Granma! A man should LOOK like a man! Like the duke, John Wayne! He weren’t no gay! Is there a more manly man OUT there? I think not! HERE’S the role model that our youth SHOULD be following, not the gay pride agender! For IF you believe in the gay agender, you JUST might end up looking like Pee Wee HERMAN instead of a real, God fearing Murcan Male! Ladie and gentlemen, I present to you the DUKE!

        (or the duchess!) Can’t BELIEVE that Ricketyman and the Insufficient Record gave THAT much print to that bullshit! They shold have made that moron use a small letter to ed format for that much hate!

  3. “I also attended Fuller Theological Seminary, but found that it wasn’t “theological” enough. Profs muttered their serious doubts about the Flood (with the hallmarks of the diluvial catastrophe being so evident here in the SLANTED Rocky Mountains: sedimentary rock is supposed to be flat!).”

    Never heard of plate tectonics, have you Jim?

  4. The website is visually clean and easily navigated. But the content…

  5. If this individual really does teach at Helena Christian School, then he’s likely one of these five male teachers:

    Mr. Askin
    Mr. Biers
    Mr. Harlan
    Mr. Seigel
    Mr. Seitz
    Mr. Supalla
    Mr. Tavary

  6. He also could have left the school since he wrote that.

  7. This is super-creepy. Look at the picture he put up next to the segment about his wife.

  8. And here’s the picture he put up next to what he wrote about his son, which he labeled “white criminals.”

  9. If he’s a 1989 graduate of U Tenn then he’s in his 40s…

  10. Kudos to all of the Helena City Commissioners, who voted to advance these important protections against discrimination and bigotry. Job well done!

  11. Indoor plumbing wasn’t around when Helena was founded. Should we get rid of toilets? I love indoor plumbing! Frankly, I could get by without electricity long before I would give up my flush toilet and sewage treatment plants.

    • Jesus didn’t have indoor plumbing and he was not gay. At least I think he wasn’t gay, although he never married…

      Coincidence? I think not.

  12. Jeez folks! I can’t believe you don’t recognize a picture of Jimmy Stewart! I think I must be getting too old for this Sh**.

  13. In all seriousness, anyone else notice that the more well-known religious right groups eg Catholic Conference, Bishops, Family Foundation, etc are keeping away from this–at least publicly? It seems they don’t want their names associated with the kind of crackpots that are opposing this publicly.

  14. People, James D. Stewart, teacher at Last Chance Academy, ran against Rep. Galen Hollenbaugh for Legislature in 2010. Here’s the D1 form filed online with the Commissioner of Political Practices.{5C72B747-DDB6-4AF7-B947-8570447974B8}&impersonate=true&objectStoreName=PROD%20OBJECT%20STORE&objectType=document

  15. Who else could it be – pictures of Jimmy Stewart on the blog, private religious school teacher, goes hunting with other GOP legislators. James D. Stewart”

  16. Why would I want to see Transgenders at Hooters. Will the women’s club have to open up it’s membership?

    • How would you recognize them, Freddy? How could you? Do you have gaydar? I’ll bet theirs would have something to say about you …

      You actually have a valid concern, Fred. You shouldn’t see anything that might challenge your view of anything. So, I strongly suggest that you stay home from now on. View nothing but FAUX news. Don’t watch movies, they can trick you. Avoid the Internet. Eat nothing but Kraft Dinner, because that’s only honest macaroni and cheese, right? Protect yourself, Freddy. Stay safe!

  17. Boise just did something amazing- without excluding transgendered persons and using the term “perceived” in regard to sexuality and gender identity.
    Idaho before Helena?

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