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The small, unusual pockets of hate that do exist (parts of the Flathead Valley come to mind) is mostly perpetuated by a handful of right-wing wackos who move to Montana from elsewhere, mistakenly thinking it was a place they could hide, escape, or retreat to the "last vestige of real, white, God-fearing America" and find acceptance for their extremist views.
There were people who didn't care for me because I am a wolf-loving, tree-hugging environmentalist. In fact, when I first came out of the closet and had an essay widely published (and also did an NPR commentary on) called "Brokeback Mountain: Best Elk Hunting Movie?
Jon responded: "What does that have to with anything?
I love my son and I'm proud of him." It backfired on Burns. Most of Montana is a sort of "don't ask, don't tell" kind of place with very little religious influence.
These were the top three:3) Montana: The Last Best Place To Hide! My response: It's always interesting (and understandable) to hear people's impressions of Montana.
And if it helps keep the place from getting too crowded and becoming like everywhere else I am tempted to perpetuate the stereotypes.