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Montana Tea Party Chief Tim Ravndal Didn’t Know He Was Joking About Hanging Fags

Tim Ravndal, the ousted head of Montana’s Big Sky Tea Party Association, wants his job back! It was totally not fair that he was booted for LOLing all over Facebook about stringing up the homos.

The Facebook chat went like this:

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.”
Keith Baker: “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 America no more! @Dennis, Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?”
Dennis Scranton: “Should be able to get info Gazette archives. Maybe even an illustration. Go back a bit over ten years.”

But Ravndal now insists he was absolutely not making a reference to Matthew Shepard’s beating that took place while he was tied to a fence.

Ravndal said Thursday that he first got worried at the “fruits” reference and understood it to be a derogatory reference toward gays. But he did not think Scranton was talking about hanging people, and instead believed that Scranton had a strategy for the political fight on gay marriage.

“I thought he was using his derogatory adjectives of the gay and lesbian community. A display could mean many things. Are we talking about poster signs, are we talking about a book?” Ravndal said. “I thought there was an actual printed manual about displaying the facts in this issue.”

When he later came back to Facebook and saw the clearer reference to Shepard, Ravndal said he became worried.

“I said ‘oh God, this is not right. this is terrible.’ So I removed the post entirely,” he said. “I ended it when I found out that’s what I was talking about.”

Ravndal on Thursday denounced Scranton as someone who has “some issues and deep-rooted issues.”

Oh please let that glorious Kristi Allen-Gailushas come out as the winner in all this!