With regards to the "Matt Hughes is not a nice man" thread, that whole excerpt was written by Sean McCorkle on the Underground, and McCorkle's essay or whatever has several fallacies and exxagerations.
I've read the book myself, twice actually. Once before I saw McCorkle's post, and once afterwards to look at it more in-depth.
From reading Matt's book and developing an honest opinion, the guy seems like someone who has an ego problem. Matt also strikes me as someone who is sheltered and naive, as well as having a bit of xenophobia. From McCorkle's essay, it makes Matt Hughes seem like a criminal, which is very far from the truth.
I think what people find off-putting about Hughes is that he represents the oft-antequated "down home country boy" stereotypical Midwesterner who spent most of his teenage years in a locker room and in a barn. People are turned off by this image because it represents an unfriendly, strict and close-minded culture that has created strife in the past. Also, Matt's vehement profession of his faith in a state/country where religion is declining and secular beleifs are on the rise is bound to get under the skin of others. It's easy to see why people don't like Matt Hughes.
I don't hate Matt Hughes but rarely do I root for him. The only time I was disgusted with him was when he tried to pass out Bibles and compared himself to a prominent biblical figure. You have to have a HUGE ego to do that.