Idaho Rep. Nonini explains why he was offended by Sen. LeFavour's gift of 'Brokeback Mountain'

A bit more on an Idaho Legislature culture clash, which was reported Wednesday by the Statesman's Sean Cockerham in a profile of Boise Democratic Sen. Nicole LeFavour, who is retiring from the Senate to run for 2nd District Congress.

Cockerham was unable to reach House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, who LeFavour said was the lone lawmaker among 60 who received a DVD of "Brokeback Mountain" as a Christmas gift and expressed his disfavor. LeFavour intended the gift as an icebreaker that might help convince lawmakers to finally expand the Idaho Human Rights Act to cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

I caught up with Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, this morning after his committee passed a compromise on teacher pay that's one of the few puzzle pieces left before lawmakers can adjourn for the year.

Nonini explained why he took offense and how he returned the disc to LeFavour when the Legislature convened in January.

On Christmas Eve, Nonini and his wife, Cathyanne, took their traditional Christmas Eve trip to celebrate Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, followed by a nice dinner and a driving Christmas lights tour.

"We drove home to Coeur d'Alene and in the mailbox was this copy of 'Brokeback Mountain,'" Nonini said. "Just the timing of receiving it after Christmas Mass was offensive to both my wife and I. We opened it and my wife just immediately resealed it and asked me if I'd just deliver it back to Nicole.

"When we met down here in January I said to her, 'I've got your copy back, but my wife and I were offended that you sent it to us. It's just our religion and our thoughts and our feelings.'

"Maybe had it not been received on Christmas Eve right after we'd come home from Mass we wouldn't have felt so offended. You know how timing is, good and bad? I guess it was just bad timing."

Nonini said he and wife did not ever see the film, which sympathetically depicts a closeted homosexual relationship between two men, though he was familiar with the theme.

LeFavour enclosed a guide noting potentially offensive passages, in case viewers wished to skip those parts. "We were not even interested," Nonini said.

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beliefs

Sounds like Nicole was trying to push her beliefs on Nonini. Didn't she already know he disagreed with her beliefs? If so, I would say it is offensive that she sent it to him anyway.

Good for the Goose

I don't see it anymore offensive then what the Legislature has been trying to do with with ultrasound. No one likes to have someone's beliefs pushed down their throats.

exactly.

exactly.

believe it or not

...educated people, when faced with a valid argument or compelling evidence, can change their mind and admit to being wrong. There is nothing "offensive" about proving someone wrong.

believe it or not

... educated people are considerate of other people's feelings and respect their difference of opinions. Some educated people also realize they are not right or wrong. It's all in one's perspective.

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And it's bad manners regardless of one's perspective.

Gift? Thanks. I threw it in the trash along with the other trash mail.

I can only imagine

the reaction of LeFavour and the media had a Republican legislator given her a pamphlet for Christmas entitled "Why homosexuality is wrong and what you can do to be forgiven by God and be cured of it." She would immediately be declared the victim of a heinous hate crime and the world would come down so hard on that legislator that he/she would soon after resign and flee from Idaho to escape the wrath, never to be heard from again.

And that's not really that different from what LeFavour did to these conservative, religious GOP lawmakers here. She gave them a movie that is propaganda for the gay rights movement, which contains visual depictions of gay sex. Her little note saying that sensitive legislators should fast forward through the "rough" parts doesn't really mitigate the overall message. And yet it's the offended legislator that is now being subjected to public ridicule.

Well stated!

Good comment and certainly i!!ustrates (stupid censoring) the LeFavour whining. Her presumption of sending such to legislators at Christmas time was just plain rude and ill timed as is her constant whining.

But ewe don't ust in UR @RT lk C@RTR doya?

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We're all blessed vs. the sixties

People still squabble over stupid crap but people don't get shot left and right anymore.

Somebody still had to be nursing on benzedrine or something. People don't get this way without needing outpatient treatment.

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I think you are right.

The media would have had a circus if it had been the other way around.

It's a stupid DVD. Throw it away and shut up, It was maybe $10

Some people are just full of it and have no sense.

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And LeFavour is a "successful Democrat"....sheesh

Of course such a 'gift' would be repugnant. But what is absolutely telling here is the fact LeFavour is a successful Dem by Idaho standards. She can actually mount a campaign, execute the plan, and get elected; 90%+ of all other Idaho Dems cannot.

The Idaho Democrat Party needs to fess up--you're as responsible as those rural, atavistic boobs in the GOP for Idaho's systemic economic decline.

Hi, you've reached the posts of Tom Paine!

I'm not posting right now but if you leave a reply I will leave the same post as soon as I can.

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So Noni, does Jesus want you to not protect anyone different?

I find it amusing that Noni says he might not have been offended if he had not just come from worshipping Jesus.
While I respect everyone's right to create their Gods in their own images, Noni seems to think when Jesus said, "When you serve the lowest among you, you serve me," and "turn the other cheek" and "walk a mile in their shoes" that Jesus meant "Cast the first stone at those people you don't like."
The good news is Jesus still loves those like Noni, even when they have their heads up their religion...

This is the kind of high

This is the kind of high school crap we the hardworking people of Idaho have put into elected positions. Two extreme individuals incapable of any kind of compromise or empathy towards the others....

Taters.... this is the kind of extremist representatives on both sides of the aisle we get when only 450,000 Idahoans of an approx 1.2 million voting age population. Rural counties are determine by only a few extremist voting groups...get active stop the insane extremism in Idaho.........

We are allowing the extreme side of both parties to polarize hardworking Idahoans who then refuse to participate.

Citizens of Idaho its time to participate in voting and take away the extremist of both parties ability ruin our state government and take away our personal freedoms and force Idahoans to comply with a radical religious belief system.

Its time to stand as one in mass against the political agenda to polarize Idaho society, dividing us against our neighbors so the political powers can control government......vote to elect common sense candidates on both sides...........make candidates tell us were the stand on all issues......they must be held accountable.

It's just a movie.

Why get so upset? A person with class would have accepted the gift, sent a thank you and not watched it if movies were against their religious beliefs.

Thank you?

Why would Nonini have sent a thank you for getting something LeFavour knew well would be offensive to him? If I sent you a box of cow dung for Christmas knowing it would offend you, would you sent me a thank you note for it? A person with class wouldn't have sent the gift in the first place.

Sledge Hammer

Trying to make her point with a sledge hammer. She'll have to develop some touch to be succesful at any level but the North End. She's given her opponents an example of liberal intolerance, and surely set back her cause.

What cause? Nobody wants to hear about any of them.

STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID occasionlly dumb STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID .

Whee!

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Nonini is such a hipocrite!

Rep. Nonini is good at feigning offense over something that goes against his Catholic beliefs. However, he has no problem lying, cheating on his wife or acting unethically. Evidently, he's not offended by that kind of behavior.
I would agree LeFavour's gift was a little in your face, but Bob Nonini is one of the most "in your face" people I know when it comes to his own beliefs or legislation that he is pushing.
Give me a break, Bob. Maybe you should pay a little closer attention at mass when the teachings of honestly, fidelity and forgiveness are being read.

Maybe he's on the down low, They act the fool like that.

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