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Anti-Gay Extremist Vows “Sexual Orientation Registry” of Maine Politicians and Staffers

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2013

Teabag party favorite Gov. Paul LePage (R) of Maine has let his mouth fly again, and now the roosters are coming home to roost. Last month, LePage unleashed yet another round of controversy during a local television interview by saying that a Democratic state senator, Troy Jackson of Aroostook, who is trying to overturn LePage’s veto of the state budget, had a “black heart” and “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.” Lawmakers and Mainers denounced LePage’s comments as “vulgar,” and even a few fellow Republicans offered what the Bangor Daily News called “mild criticism” of the Governor’s comments.

LePage issued a half-hearted “apology” — along the lines of “if you were offended then I apologize,” although he pointedly didn’t apologize to Jackson, only to his constituents. And with that, the Governor’s office had hoped that they had exerted the absolute minimum amount of effort to put the controversy behind them. But now, the state’s most wing-nuttiest anti-gay extremist to come to LePage’s defense. Michael Heath — you may remember his unsuccessful 2012 campaign against what he called “sodomy-based marriage” — and his buddy Paul Madore, leapt to LePage’s defense and put the controversy back onto front page news yesterday:

“Gov. Paul LePage was in good company using an allusion to sodomy to condemn expensive, big-government solutions to the challenges confronting Maine people,” said Heath to reporters and about a dozen members of the public. “Those condemned by the governor’s remark are the very same leaders who are promoting sodomy in our schools. This fact makes his allusion even more powerful. He used figurative language to reveal a profound truth about our current situation. Maine is being sodomized by the left, especially our impressionable and innocent children.”

…He was angry and he spoke out very emotionally and like a man and I loved it,” said Heath. “It felt like thunder and lightning to me. It’s so refreshing in this age of insanity when it comes to sexuality to hear someone in public life use sodomy, gay, homosexual — pick your word — in the proper context. It’s negative. … What’s good is sexuality in marriage and what is linked to having children and grandchildren. Civilization has survived because we reward that behavior and discourage the other behavior.”

LePage’s office sought to distance themselves from Heath, but Heath won’t let go of the spotlight. this morning, Heath issued an email to his followers threatening to institute a “sexual orientation registry”:

It’s Time for the “Sexual Orientation” Registry

In 2004 I threatened to publish the sexual orientation of politicians and their staff. The Left went apoplectic. In the devilish agony of the moment I apologized. My board put me on paid leave for a month. On the day I returned to work the state’s capitol city newspaper published a glowing tribute to Maine’s most influential homosexuality advocate.

A year later, after spending another million or two — or three (I can’t remember) bucks to intimidate the chattering class and fool the people, they finally added “sexual orientation” to the Maine Human Rights Act. Sexual orientation is a term of art that means “the right to sodomize (read kill) everything good without even thinking that is what you are doing.” It’s a kind of demonic stupor. Think Gollum and you’re on your way to understanding.

I’m pondering whether the ten year anniversary of that original email would be a good time to begin publishing the “Sexual Orientation Registry.” That’ll be next April. I’ll go back and find the exact date. My “evil deed” was all over the news at the time so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the date.

I figure waiting until next year to start publishing will give everyone time to choose which one (or more) of the thirty or more sexual orientations they want to claim for their own. It will take some time, I think. I want to give the politicians, government employees, teachers, pastors … Maine’s chattering class … plenty of time to figure it out. I don’t want to get it wrong.

Of course, that’ll take money:

If you want to help me fight to end the Left’s sexual tyranny then please pray, and make a financial donation. I’m pleased to report God has provided a pledge of $250 a month already!

Unfortunately you don’t have many choices about where to put your hard earned money if you want to win this fight. Pray that God gives me wisdom, as well as resources, as I proceed.

In 2009, Michael Heath was forced out of the Christian Civic League because anti-gay activists feared that his extreme rhetoric would wreck their plans to ban marriage at the ballot box that year. He left, and they prevailed. Heath went on to become board chair of Peter LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth (an SPLC-designated anti-gay hate group) and an Iowa state campaign director for Ron Paul in 2011. Heath returned to Maine in 2012 to press his crusade against “sodomy-based marriage when Mainers were asked to vote to overturn the 2009 ban on same-sex marriage. Heath lost and equality prevailed.



Ben In Oakland
July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Keep talking, wingers. Whatever compassion and reason people have, they will see you and know what to do.

Timothy Kincaid
July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Rule of thumb:

When holding press conferences do not casually chat about sodomizing children. People don’t like that so much.

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

When LePage thinks you’re too wacko, you’ve really gone around the bend.

Sir Andrew
July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Um… GOD(!) has provided a $250 a month pledge??? Really??? I think THAT is the best part of his ranting.

Is God sending a check? Or is it a monthly payroll deduction?

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

I’m pleased to report God has provided a pledge of $250 a month already!

If God really is ponying up money I’m going to be forced to seriously rethink my position.

Of course I say that in complete confidence that even if God did soil his hands with lucre he’d be unlikely to give it to Heath.

Timothy Kincaid
July 18th, 2013 | LINK

It is very common in Evangelical Christianity to use the term “God has provided”. It doesn’t literally mean that God pulled out his checkbook, but rather than in response to prayer God directed the heart of one of his children to make the pledge.

Sorry to spoil the fun.

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

I don’t think that that sounds any less crazy but thanks for the clarification.

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Oh, and I’m so sure that it was the Democrats who went apoplectic. It’s almost never gay supportive Democrats (McGreevy notwithstanding) that get their hands caught in the sodomy cookie jar. It’s almost always rabidly anti-gay Republicans.

Timothy Kincaid
July 18th, 2013 | LINK

Actually Zeke, I think everyone went apoplectic. What he was proposing was disgusting and vile and all decent people right and left opposed it, if I recall correctly (though perhaps some had other incentive as well).

July 18th, 2013 | LINK

As others have said,when you’re too far right of Lepage,you know you’ve lost it.

Priya Lynn
July 18th, 2013 | LINK

“It is very common in Evangelical Christianity to use the term “God has provided”. It doesn’t literally mean that God pulled out his checkbook, but rather than in response to prayer God directed the heart of one of his children to make the pledge.

Sorry to spoil the fun.”.

Psst, Timothy, everyone already knew that.

sue jeffers
July 19th, 2013 | LINK

It is just so odd to me that so many of the professional antigay crowd are so worried that if people are not enticed to be heterosexual and punished for being non-heterosexual that no one will want to be heterosexual any more. Is it true? is everyone really secretly pretending to be hetero to avoid being zapped by some genocidal deity?

July 29th, 2013 | LINK

So, he is going to out all politicians who don’t conform to his idea of normal. And where, exactly, is he getting his information? Is it from personal knowledge or just every politician he doesn’t like?

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