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Anti-gay pastor charged in phony scheme claims gay activists are setting him up

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Montana pastor and anti-gay activist — who once testified before a Montana legislative committee that homosexuality was a “sin worthy of death” — has been charged with six felony counts of theft and fraud in a phony investment scheme that bilked a man of a $150,000 inheritance in 2008.

Harris Himes

Harris Himes, pastor of the Big Sky Christian Center in Hamilton, Mont., turned himself in Wednesday morning after learning that there was a warrant for his arrest, reported the Missoulian.

District Judge James Haynes issued bench warrants on Tuesday for Himes and James “Jeb” Bryant after attorneys for the state Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance filed six felony charges against the two.

The charges included theft, fraud, conspiracy to commit both, failure to register a security and failure to register as a salesman of same.

According to court records, Himes and Bryant claimed to own a business, Duratherm Building Systems, and promised at least one investor a large return on his $150,000. But the investor claimed to have never received any returns or confirmation of sale, nor could he get his money back.

On Thursday, Himes told KGVO Radio that he is “without sin or guilt with regard to this unnamed person” and that he believes gay and pro-abortion activists are behind the charges.

Himes is likely the most well-known anti-gay activist in the state of Montana. He is president of the conservative group Montana Eagle Forum, and as a Montana state bar certified attorney, Himes performs pro bono work on behalf of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund.

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47 more reader comments:

  1. What an a$$hole.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:22pm
  2. yes us gays are all just as evil as you are Rev.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:23pm
  3. Religion should not dictate law.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:24pm
  4. Just as ignorance should be punishable by death.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:26pm
  5. Ay Dios mio !!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:28pm
  6. grrrrrr

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:29pm
  7. Who’s that. I don’t know who is he. Um, Go ahead talk trashy. God will not accept. That guy should suck my dick. I’m a Diva Bitch! Stay Cool, LGBT people. <3

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:31pm
  8. mental health issues? I think yes!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:31pm
  9. The only thing gays need to be setting him up for is a hair appointment..

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:32pm
  10. I can imagine his thought was “and I would have gotten away with it too if it werent for u meddling gays!”

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:32pm
  11. I wouldn’t be surprised if people WERE setting him up; He is rather a huge jackass on top of being a asshole.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:33pm
  12. lol @ keyleigh’s comment i know right

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:34pm
  13. the sin is that moronic bigots like him are allowed to walk among us.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:37pm
  14. Religious views aside, crime is crime. Blame who you will Pastor. The courts will now decide your fate on earth. God will decide your eternal path.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:38pm
  15. @Kia it’s just like I’m watchin scooby doo…only problem is..which of us is scooby

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:39pm
  16. We have more important things to do than worry about you.

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:42pm
  17. You steal a man’s money, and you call yourself a man of God??? You’re just a petty, trite thief, and you’re blaming someone else for your greed???

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:49pm
  18. His hair is a sin…

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:51pm
  19. religion is that last refuge of the scoundrel (k. marx)

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:52pm
  20. WHAT A DUMBASS!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:04pm
  21. What a lying bastard

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:06pm
  22. Is it something in the water? What makes these nuts keep showing up?

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:16pm
  23. not only a lying moron, but has the damn nerve to enter politics with hair like that, lol

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:17pm
  24. Well, I must admit I spend my copious free time in hatching devious plots designed to trap the unwary righteous man of god… Oh, what BS! Is there a “Pray Away the Felony” group? Or “Pray Away the Mental Illness”?

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:29pm
  25. Good God Yet ANOTHER Ta-ra-ra-GOON-dee-ay!! They just keep crawling out of hell every damned day!! Sheesh!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:34pm
  26. id usually say something that sounds intelligent, i don’t feel like that today….
    mr. anti-gay pastor, stfu you balding cracker bitch, your wasting my AIR!!!
    k im done… >.>

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 9:38pm
  27. Good Stuff

    Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:16pm
  28. Yeah, especially his gay hairdresser.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:12am
  29. Where he’s headed he should be pondering which gangs bitch he is going to be.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:59am
  30. No other person or group set this man up. It was HIS Low Moral Character.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:21am
  31. wonder how many “boys” will come forward with his dirty laundry

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:40am
  32. Sorry, but if we Montana Gays were that powerful, he’s pretty far down the list….

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:25am
  33. unbelievable.. so we’re behind all of this? what an idiot

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:33am
  34. pfffft…. get a frikken life….

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:51am
  35. Oh no, honey! This was all your work! Why don’t you sign for it?

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:02am
  36. Sure, blame the people you hate. This guy sounds familiar in a Hitler kind of way. lol “The Jews are the reason our country is suffering.” And now it’s this dude saying “gay people are setting me up”. Yeah right, dude. Take responsibility for your shady actions and let people actually be happy.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:02am
  37. a crook and paranoid as well… it’s all true, Harris, we all sat around over cafe latte talking about how we can screw you over

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:07am
  38. Piece of shit….

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:12am
  39. he has no one to blame but himself, he knew he was gonna screw these people and make a boatload of cash, problem is HE GOT CAUGHT, so the typical answer from a hater “the gays are setting me up”, yeah, that’s rich. KEEP REACHING SUCKA, there’s a Bubba waiting for you to be his bitch, as we speak!! Try not to drop the soap sweetie!

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:13am
  40. maybe his prison cell mate will be able to fix his hair

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:51am
  41. You do know that schadenfreude is not all that becoming? Despite what this man has done in the past against us as a group, we can still take the higher road and not dog pile upon him till at least when he has had his day in court. We all may be a bunch of degenerates in their eyes, but we can prove them that we can stand on some respectable principle and take that bit of wind out of their arguments against us.
    Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    1.) Just because you have been subpenaed does not mean that you are actually guilty of anything. Anyone of us can have a suite filed against us in any court of this land, and the only time that it is shown to have any validity to it is when it does go to court. Can we please act as though we are still a country with laws and rights?
    2.) And wouldn’t an innocent man turn themselves in to shorten the process to prove their innocence, while a guilty man with no ability to prove theirs run from the law?
    3.) Keep in mind, he might actually be right about there being a plot involved here between certain parties, considering that he has been a “Christian gadfly” in Montana for around 15 years now, I am pretty sure he has made more than his own share of friends and enemies on any side of any issue. And with how small most circles tend to form in and around the bitter root valley, it would not take long for something to form.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:10am
  42. Yeah sure. All a part of the gay agenda to force people to bilk money from others. Hypocrites are despicable, but religious ones are the worst.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:42am
  43. gays didn’t get him, it was god. i love it when you can’t take responsibility for your own crimes or sins. isn’t greed a sin? god got you.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:06pm
  44. i hope they really get him good

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:02pm
  45. The gays made me do it! will serve him right to be made the prison gangs bitch. rip him a new one! then when he gets out he can say he’s not gay they made me like it

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:06pm
  46. Yeah, we are….

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:31pm
  47. Like we have that kind of time on our hands being so busy with the gay agenda and all those trips to hell in a handbasket. Please.

    Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 9:18pm