By Evan Barrett
Guest Columnist 

State Courage or Shame Regarding Tolerance?


March 24, 2021

Passage of SB 215, with a shadow title of “Establish the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” opens the door for advancing discrimination in Montana, changing us from a courageous and tolerant state to one of bigotry and intolerance.

Let’s look at history. Twenty-nine years ago, Billings set the standard for rejection of hatred and bigotry by saying “NO” to racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic ultra-right-wing extremist behavior. Billings’ actions made me proud of them and Montana.

The Northwest United Skinheads and elements of the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation for months h...

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