Intelligent Discontent

Helena IR Commenters Reveal the Need for Anti-Discrimination Ordinance


I have to admit that I had little hope for the discussion section on today’s story in the Independent Record about the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance—and as is usually the case, the troglodytes raced right off to demonstrate just how hate-filled their cowardly, anonymous hearts can be.

Tiger Woops offered a slur and what seems to be a vague reference to Matthew Shepard in his comment:


Michael S demonstrated his keen sense of tolerance and a disturbing predilection for bestiality:


Steeline suggested that


These comments are precisely illustrative of why Helena needs an ordinance like the one Commissioner Haque-Hausrath and the Montana Human Rights Network are proposing. Despite real progress

And it usually comes from cowards who hide their hate behind masks or online pseudonyms.

A couple of quick notes about the Independent Record, on this issue, too. Given that their comments are moderated, should any of these comments have been allowed on the site? The IR policy states:

Name-calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum.

I’d say hate speech falls somewhat short of a high level of civility.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a sixteen year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate. In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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