Last month, longtime anti-gay activists Paul Madore and Mike Heath formed “NO Special Rights PAC,” a PAC aimed at defeating an upcoming referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine. Heath’s extreme brand of anti-LGBT commentary, however, has alienated him from tamer anti-equality organizations. He has a history of making inflammatory claims about the LGBT community, even exploiting the accidental death of a gay man in an attempt to depict LGBT people as murderous and deviant.
NO Special Rights PAC
Heath, Madore Form NO Special Rights PAC, Promise To “Take Off The Gloves” In Referendum Fight. According to the Associated Press:
Two longtime opponents of gay rights and same-sex marriage initiatives are forming a political action committee to oppose Maine’s same-sex marriage referendum.
Michael Heath and Paul Madore said Tuesday they’ve formed the No Special Rights PAC to oppose November’s ballot measure asking voters if same-sex marriage should be legalized.
Heath and Madore have held leadership roles going back to the early 1990s opposing gay rights and gay marriage initiatives in Maine. Heath was executive director of the Christian Civic League for 15 years until his resignation in 2009, and Madore once headed a group called Maine Grassroots Coalition that opposed sexual orientation laws.
Madore said he’s ready to “take off the gloves” in the campaign leading up to November’s election.
"It’s going to be a fight," he said. [Associated Press, 3/20/12]
NO Special Rights PAC Distributed “Truth Pledge” Asking Voters To Oppose “Sodomy Based Marriage.” According to Think Progress’s Zack Ford:
Anti-gay conservatives Paul Madore and Mike Heath — activists whose heated rhetoric has been squelched in past campaigns — have launched the “No Special Rights PAC” to oppose the referendum. Today, they took their first action, interrupting the beginning of Pride Week at the University of Maine to distribute a “truth pledge,” which refers to the ballot initiative as promoting “Sodomy Based Marriage.” Individuals who take the pledge are encouraged to refer to the freedom to marry as a “special right,” a “hellish” and “evil” doctrine, and an “attack by demonic forces.” [Think Progress, 4/9/12]
Heath’s History Of Extreme Anti-LGBT Commentary
Heath: The Gay Movement “Is Rooted In Sorcery And It Is A Child Of The Devil.” From a March 27 blog post:
The so-called “gay” movement is rooted in sorcery and it is a child of the devil, and an enemy of everything that is right.
The people of Maine are like the proconsul in the story above from Acts. They honestly want to understand the truth. The media, most politicians, an increasing number of religious leaders and the “gay” lobby are Elymas the Sorcerer.
My dearest Christian friend, you and I are called to be Paul in the story. Just as Elymas was stung by Paul’s direct confrontation, you can expect our enemy to howl. I would dare say, in fact, that if the enemy isn’t howling we must be doing something wrong. [MikeHeath.net, 3/27/12, emphasis added]
Heath: Supporters Of The “Homosexual Agenda” Should Be “Cast Into The Sea.” In a March 27 blog post, Heath condemned a number of pro-equality Maine politicians, writing:
Dale McCormick is a child of the devil. Betsy Sweet is an enemy of everything that is right. John Baldacci, Angus King, Olympia Snowe, Mike Michaud, Chellie Pingree and Susan Collins all support the homosexual agenda. They support an agenda that is publicly and boldly devoted to training your child through their “public” schools in the ways of both fornication and transgendering.
Jesus went further than Paul in speaking out for children. He said that children of the devil who violate the innocence of our little ones should be cast into the sea with a millstone hung about their neck. [MikeHeath.net, 3/27/12, emphasis added]
Heath: Gays Are Going After Children, Gay Ideology Is A “Cancer” Spreading Throughout Maine. In a December 2007 column, Heath wrote:
Years ago we said the “gays” were going to go after the children. Everyone laughed thinking we were nuts.
In August the Maine Supreme Court perverted a nineteenth-century definition of adoption. They unanimously ruled that nineteenth century Mainers imagined homosexual adoption and allowed for it in their definition. Maine state government is now placing kids in “queer” homes through both the foster care and adoption systems. There was never legislative approval for any of this, I don’t believe. It was all created by unelected Judges and bureaucrats.
The entire Middle School System in Maine is now moving toward the provision of prescription contraceptives to 11 year old girls without parental knowledge. Don’t think that the King Middle School incident is the end of the story. No way. That is just the beginning. The only thing that will turn that around is a lawsuit that may be filed this Friday. The people of Portland, Christians especially, don’t care enough to do ANYTHING. So, guess what. The political and cultural pressure is going to grow and grow. The tyranny of “gay” ideology has already silenced the church of Portland. It is only a matter of time before the cancer spreads throughout Maine. [News With Views, via Right Wing Watch, 12/8/07, emphasis added]
Heath: Employment Non-Discrimination Laws Are Part Of “An Evil Political Agenda.” Writing for the Christian Civil League of Maine, Heath criticized the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for protecting “evil”:
The creation of legal rights that protect evil is … well … an evil political agenda. I wasn’t being rhetorical (sorry), and the only unfortunate thing about this whole political discussion is how insistent people like Susan Collins are on avoiding the facts.
The fact is that there really are evil forces at work in our culture. They have already mostly destroyed the innocence of childhood in the west. This powerful force is rapidly undermining the capacity of young people to imagine and live the age-old story of creation, sin and redemption…
This force is telling us that it is possible to create a civilization built on the premise that all sex is good sex as long as it is consensual. Normal people know that this is nonsense.
Politicians appear to be losing their grip on normal. [Christian Civic League of Maine, via Good As You, 11/16/07, emphasis added]
Heath: Homosexuality Should Be Recriminalized, Non-Discrimination Laws Should Be Repealed. From a November 2009 blog post:
In the interest of protecting and affirming all of Maine’s people, especially our children and grandchildren, we must repeal domestic partnership laws that provide benefits on the basis of homosexuality, we must de-fund the so-called “civil rights teams” [pro-homosexual student groups] and remove “sexual orientation and gender identity” from the Maine Human Rights Act and the Maine Civil Rights Act. It would also be prudent to reinstate Maine’s anti-sodomy law that was quietly removed from our criminal code in the late 1970s. [Mike Heath’s blog, via Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, 11/5/09, emphasis added]
Heath: Homosexuality Is “Unwholesome, Unhealthy And Dangerous.” In a February 20 blog post, Heath wrote:
I told the congregation that Maine may endorse sodomy based marriage in November. Maine could become the first state in America to endorse this perversion in statewide voting. There is little doubt in my mind about this. It will happen because Maine Christians are too sensitized to the whims of power and money. They think they are being like Jesus by choosing “love” and “compassion” toward “gays.”
The truth is that Jesus spoke very clearly about evil. He said that adults who cause children to stumble in sin should be cast into the sea with a millstone around their neck. Many teachers and parents now promote the idea publicly in schools that homosexuality is a moral good, even for children.
Google the “Maine civil rights teams” and do some research and thinking about the ideology that informs this taxpayer funded effort. I am clueless as to why Governor Paul LePage allows this to continue. And this indoctrination is going on without the specific knowledge of the parents. How evil is that?
It is never wrong to tell the truth. It is always wrong to pretend that something unwholesome, unhealthy and dangerous is benign and morally good. [MikeHeath.net, 2/20/12, emphasis added]
Heath: Mainstream Media, Gay Activists Concealed Info About Wilson Incident “To Ensure Victory For Same-Sex Marriage.” In a January 28 blog post entitled “Murder, Marriage & Mayhem: The ‘Gay’ Way,” Heath wrote:
The most prominent figure in the push for homosexual marriage in Maine was Larry Bliss. Bliss was a homosexual rights activist from California who became head of the Judiciary Committee of the Maine Legislature. The day same sex marriage became law, Bliss was made President Pro Tem of the Maine Senate. The photo shown here shows Bliss standing at the podium as homosexual marriage becomes law.
After I left the Christian Civic League, the online newspaper of the League began reporting on the Bruce LaValle-Davidson killing in South Portland. It is preposterous to suggest that Bliss had any connection to the crime; but it is important to learn when Bliss knew of the crime, because he chaired the same sex marriage hearing in Augusta at which Bruce LaValle-Davidson testified. It is probable that Bliss knew of the crime before the hearing, since at the time of the shooting he lived five blocks from the victim’s home.
The RECORD also revealed that Bruce LaValle-Davidson’s victim, Fred Homer Wilson, was a member of a sadomasochistic group in Portland called the Harbor Masters, and donated to a museum in Chicago devoted to the “leather lifestyle.”
The mainstream media and the homosexual rights movement concealed this information from the public in order to ensure a victory for same sex marriage.
If their tactic is to conceal this sort of information, we must shout it from the rooftops. [MikeHeath.net, 1/28/12]
Alienated From Traditional Anti-Gay Groups
SPLC: Rumors That Heath Was “Shunted Aside” From 2009 Campaign Over His Extreme Rhetoric. In an April 10 blog post, Southern Poverty Law Center’s Evelyn Schlatter wrote:
Heath has a long history of outrageous and inflammatory statements about LGBT people. A former board chairman of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Heath also had a long career with Maine’s Christian Civic League (later the Maine Family Policy Council), including the directorship, until his resignation in 2009 amid rumors that he was shunted aside because of his extreme anti-gay rhetoric. That same year, he had called for the re-criminalization of sodomy, the repeal of domestic partnership laws, and the removal of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from the Maine Human Rights Act and the Maine Civil Rights Act. He has referred to homosexuality as a sickness, claimed that the “tyranny of ‘gay’ ideology” has silenced the church in Portland, and that it’s “only a matter of time before the cancer spreads throughout Maine.”[Southern Poverty Law Center, 9/10/12, emphasis added]