BILLINGS — A 92-year-old Miles City man, who will be casting one of Montana’s three electoral college votes, has come under fire for his Facebook comments against gay Montanans.
Dennis Scranton was outed Sunday by the online news site Last Best News for suggesting in a 2010 Facebook conversation that gay people should be hanged. The conversation about gay marriage was reported in The Billings Gazette seven years ago when it cost former Big Sky Tea Party Association leader Tim Ravndal his chairmanship.
Ravndal was commenting on a Billings Gazette article concerning an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit about same-sex couples. In the post, Ravendal wrote “marriage between a man and a woman period!”
Scranton responded to the Tea Party leader’s remark, saying, “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.” The Wyoming mention was an apparent reference to Matthew Shepard, a gay university student who as beaten, bound to a fence post and left for dead outside Laramie in 1998.
But, Scranton didn’t back away from his opinion about gay Montanans.
“Don’t forget, I’m 93 years old. I come from a different era. I hadn’t heard of anyone being homosexual until I joined the Navy, and then I encountered them,” Scranton said. “We were raised with good morals.”
You can read the rest here. I’m going to go be sick.
Well, that didn’t help. Here are a couple more wonderful Trump fans:
A federal judge has been removed from overseeing citizenship ceremonies after telling newly sworn-in citizens that they should move to another country if they could not accept Donald Trump as president.
KENS also reported that Primono criticized anti-Trump protesters who carry signs saying “not my president,” and he also complained about NFL players who kneel in silent protest during the national anthem.
“I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country — you have every right to,” Primomo said. “You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
Oh yes, must not offend inanimate objects, that would be bad! Whereas fucking people over, and threatening them, that’s all good. Full story here.
Then, there’s this asshat. Remember though, Trump voters aren’t racist, oh no.
An Oregon city councilman tried the “I’m rubber, you’re glue” defense after he posted a racially charged video encouraging violence against black protesters.
Daniel Benjamin, a city councilor in Salem, posted the violent video on his personal Facebook page showing a vehicle plowing into several black people as ominous music plays, reported KATU-TV.
The post includes a description from a conservative blogger complaining that “people are starting to get tired of the Black Lives Matter bullies blocking the roadways.”
Salem’s mayor said she asked Benjamin to take down the post, but he told KATU that anyone who was offended by the public post could just un-friend him.
Benjamin insisted the post had nothing to do with race and accused his critics of being the real racists.
“To infer I’m a racist is actually racist,” Benjamin said.
Yeah. Full story here.
Oh, well that’s all right then -- obviously nobody in their nineties can be expected to know any better. Hang on…
chigau (ever-elliptical) says
Electoral College Guy has waaay fewer tentacles and eye-stalks than I would have guessed.
I call bullshit. If he’s a christian, he definitely knew and had heard about homosexuals before the navy. It’s in the bible, after all. What a rotten excuse for hating; he should apologize to all the progressive 90+-year-olds he has insulted. All that talk about a different era and he don’t even look like a real dinosaur.
Also, I’m sure the flag is very offended. Crying its stars out, in fact.
johnson catman says
Sunlight. Let the people who express their bigotry keep outing themselves. As has been said, the arc of justice is long. The fight for equality for all must continue. This election is a definite setback, and the horrid people have come out of the fringes, but we have to keep focusing the light on them. Thank you Caine for helping us all.
“Don’t forget, I’m 93 years old. I come from a different era.”
My Grandmother would be 102 if she were still alive. She formally left the Presbyterian church after they refused to allow a gay pastor to serve his congregation. She told me about it, all riled up that the church could be so bigoted toward “that nice young man”. This was before I came out She accepted me, and my wife. She always asked after my wife in phone calls, and at one point she said she wished she could meet her, forgetting that she already had. I’m sure she knew my wife was trans, that didn’t affect her friendliness towards her a bit. And incidentally, while she likely didn’t know the terms, she also worked on her racial awareness and white privilege until the end of her life, striving to do better in her interactions with POC so as not to commit microaggressions.
This asshat gets no “age pass” from me.
Nor from me. He was using it as a prop for his bigotry, nothing more. I’m 59 myself, and you can never, ever, let yourself use age as an excuse. It’s something all of us should not only guard against, but actively condemn.