When I first moved to Idaho more than 20 years ago, the state had a reputation for being a source of hate. The Aryan Nations had their active compound in northern Idaho, and this was widely known across the country. After that compound shut down many years ago, the hateful undercurrent seemed to fade away.
There have been a number of events recently that make me believe that there is a major resurgence of hate in Idaho.
The first, I wrote about two years ago in The propagation of fear and hate in Idaho, where our state legislature with the support of the misguided population, modified the state constitution to legally discriminate against our gay and lesbian citizens.
We continued this trend recently by distinguishing ourselves as a state by our citizens making over $400,000 in contributions to California's gay marriage ban. It's not enough to screw up our own state constitution, we have to spread the disease.
Today brings two new unbelievable stories from different parts of the state which shocked me to my core.
The first, is where Rexburg school children have been singing "assassinate Obama"on the school bus. I seriously doubt these kids just made this song up, they more than likely got it from their parents.
The second, is a story of a North Idaho resident with a sign advertising a free public hanging of President-elect Obama, among other non-Republican elected officials.
I am still in shock over these recent developments. It is clear that the hate has never really gone away in Idaho, just moved below the surface. As the rest of the world evolves to a better place, these negative remnants are resurfacing.