I’ve been writing this blog for 9 1/2 years, so as you might expect, I’ve run across some crazy things in the comment section.
I’ve read comments that have made me gasp. I’ve read comments that have forced me to report things to state or federal law enforcement. (And trust me, it got that kid’s attention when he was visited by the FBI).
I’ve read things that are flat out crude & offensive, and at times, I’ve been forced to ban people when they refuse to behave.
Suffice it to say, I’m fairly unshockable when it comes to the things that people will write, especially when they think they do so on an anonymous basis. Yet this week, a discussion started that made me seriously question the upbringing that someone received to create a world view of that nature.
What’s even more scary is that this person has run for statewide elective office, and has indicated that he intends to do so in the future.
Kurt Evans is best known for running for the US House in 1996, and the US Senate in 2002 as a libertarian, where he received three thousand votes, which came to .91% – almost one percent of the votes cast. With less than a thousand votes separating US Senator John Thune & Tim Johnson, Evans is widely held as the spoiler in the race, preventing Thune’s win.
Evans had both entered and exited the US Senate race this election, vowing to run again in 2016. Which is why I was floored when he started traipsing down the trail of making some statements which seem to stand as outright bigotry:
Other commenters accused him of being bigoted, which he claimed not to be. But then, at the prompting of Bill Fleming not only did he confirm what seems to most of society as a pretty bigoted statement regarding Catholics, he doubled down:
So, there is was, in black & white. Kurt Evans, a former Candidate for Congress & the US Senate came out and stated “I believe authoritarian Catholics and Mormons are generally more prone to cronyism than traditional libertarian Protestants.”
Bigotry is defined as treating or viewing other people with fear, distrust or hatred based on their race, religion, etc. He may claim not to be bigoted, but to say people of any religion are prone to dishonesty or chicanery, such as saying they’re “prone to crony capitalism” is nothing but bigotry, in it’s most raw form.
I’m not sure what’s scarier – that he ran for office before, he’s involved with the education of children now, or that he’s already stated that he’s running for US Senate again in 2016?
In any case, should he choose to seek the electorate’s favor once more, at least people have an idea what’s contained in the package he’s selling.