Swingley Angry About Plan to Add Educational Plaque Near Confederate Fountain
Upset over a discussion of a confederate fountain in Helena, a local Justice of the Peace has written an angry screed to city commissioners saying that the main reason the Civil War was fought was not slavery but rather “banks.”
Swingley, who is pictured above, also decrees that there are no race issues in Helena. With no apparent awareness of the deep irony at work here, Swingley also makes it apparent that anything Arabic offends him greatly. He also says that white southerners “discovered” Helena. (Despite the fact that the many tribes who were the First Montanans had been here for generations.)
In a letter to city commissioners opposing a proposal to add some educational signage about slavery and the Civil War near a Confederate Fountain, Lewis and Clark County Justice of the Peace Michael G. Swingley writes:
Keep in mind that slavery was only one issue that caused the Civil War. The largest portion was economic based war as the southern states wanted to separate and begin printing their own currency, and detach from the banks of the United States.
Swingley, who says, “That fountain is a symbol of success,” adds that:
There is no issue in Helena Montana with race wars, no Nazi White fundamentalist, no problems that raise issue to this ridiculous idea….Helena is a great place to live, with virtually no racism,
I request that you remove the Arabic writing from inside the Civic Center. It reminds me of the Arabic writing on the flag of ISIS and as 99.9% of the terrorist [sic] in the world have turned out to be Islamic fundamentalist [sic] and Arabic speaking, it offends me that Helena would allow such a symbol. I realize that the history of the Civic Center was that of a Masonic/Shriner’s temple, that aligned themselves [sic] with the far east and had a large Arabic influenced theme. But if we are going to rewrite and ignore the facts of history, we need to be fair and remove that symbolism as that conflict is still active and Christians like me are being killed daily by Arabic speaking fundamentalist [sic] who show those characters on their flag.
Swingley appears to be displeased that Helena is having a conversation about race instead of the issues which concern him, including such important matters as overgrown shrubbery:
My own children have to walk in the street to school because there are no sidewalks on Hauser Blvd where we live and the City has allowed the residents to landscape the city right of way to the point that you can’t even walk unless you are on the street.
You can read the entire letter Justice Swingley sends from his official Lewis and Clark County email account here.