I truly thought that one of the most significant yet mostly overlooked events of 2021 was the controversy that arose in Missoula, Montana when Brandon Huber, a part-time REALTOR and the pastor of the Clinton Community Church, was brought up on ethics charges with the Missoula Organization of REALTORS. He wrote a letter explaining why his church was withdrawing from a free lunch program with the Missoula Food Bank. Turns out, the church discovered that the Missoula Food Bank included an LGBTQ “Pride” insert in its lunches that was contrary to how the church and its members interpreted the Bible. That led to someone filing a formal complaint with MOR for violation of NAR 10.5 and other provisions, which I collectively call the NAR Speech Code.
Huber then brought a lawsuit against MOR and NAR to fight the ethics charges. The national LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance weighed in formally, demanding that MOR and NAR remove him from membership, and demanding that Windermere terminate its relationship with him. That in turn resulted in Windermere denouncing Huber, and making substantial donations to the Missoula Food Bank.
This small event got national press, albeit in the alternative media, and huge local and regional press even in the Corporate Media. I thought this kerfuffle put NAR in a no-win situation, pointed to a real division within REALTOR ranks that will be resolved one way or another in the next couple of years, and accordingly named Brandon Huber as one of my Seven Most Interesting People in Real Estate in 2021.
Thing is, despite all the press that this case garnered, I had never heard Brandon himself speak about what happened, what is going on, and what he hopes to see. Everything we know is from news stories and from his attorney, Matt Monforton, who has been on various media outlets talking about this case. I wanted to correct that.
So I am pleased to be able to interview Pastor Brandon (as his church and his lawyer call him) with his attorney, Matt Monforton, and let him present his side of the story. I dig a bit into the lawsuit, the legal theories, and what Huber’s understanding of the NAR rules are. We get into his experiences and what he and his attorney hope to see from this challenge.
Please note that I have invited the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance to present their perspective in a future podcast, as I think it important to try to be as balanced as possible with a controversial topic like this one. I hope to present that interview soon.
Notorious POD, Ep. 29: NAR, Speech Codes and Cancel Culture with Brandon Huber and Matt Monforton
Brandon Huber: (From PastorHuber.com)
Pastor Brandon and his family relocated from Washington to Montana in 2017. They have been attending Clinton Community Bible Church since 2018. In 2018 he was appointed as Worship Leader and in 2019 Brandon was elected as Associate Pastor. In February of 2021 Brandon was elected as Lead Pastor of Clinton Community Church. He is very passionate about Jesus, the community, his family, and cooking delicious food!!!
Thank you for stopping by my site. I look forward to being able to meet you in person! Over the past few years, I have seen God move in a way that I would have never expected. My family and I are thankful that God brought us to Montana and Clinton Community Bible Church. I firmly believe that the Bible is the only true word of God and is the foundation of our faith. It directs us how we are to treat our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ but also unbelievers as Christians. We are called to teach the bible as it is written and not conform to the ways of the world as it states in Romans 12:2. I would ask that you please pray for our myself, my family, our church, our community, our nation, and this world. We face challenging times ahead but know that each step we take is one step closer to the second coming of Jesus!
God has your situation give it to him and trust that he will lead you through!
Matthew Monforton: (via email)
Montana attorney and former Montana state legislator.