Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Right-wing hate monger threatens boycott of Maine businesses

Every state has at least one; the self-appointed moral arbiter that jumps at every opportunity to get his/her name in print, expressing moral outrage over some issue, usually of a private nature, most notably, homosexuality.

Our state's right-wing nitwit is Michael Heath, of the Christian Civic League of Maine, which is neither xian or interested in the civic good. I wrote an op ed-style post on my other blog about Heath back in February. At that time, his persecution complex was on display, complaining about perceived attacks upon him and his organization.

The most recent publicity stunt involving Heath has him tilting at the business community, for their sponsorship of a weekend banquet being held by Equality Maine. In an article that appeared in the Portland Press Herald, Heath is warning businesses such as Verizon, Hannaford Supermarkets, as well at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram newspapers, that their sponsorship may bring about financial retribution--sounds like Heath is intimating a boycott.

I'm sure that the businesses involved are quaking in their boots at the thought of the CCL/Maine's membership of what, a couple hundred(?) visiting financial ruin on businesses willing to show their support for diversity and equality.

To top it all off, Heath claims that someone "hacked" into the CCL website and renamed their forum, "atheists only", apparently misspelling "atheist", as "athiest". I am only engaging in conjecture, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if Heath is using this as a publicity stunt and set up this whole "hack" on his own. I'm not a "techie", so I don't know how easily this could occur--I'm sure someone with more knowledge can let me know if what Heath claims actually could have occurred. I've met him, and something about him just doesn't sit right with me.

It continues to amaze me that this hatemonger and his 16th century theology continues to receive widespread coverage in Maine's media outlets.

I applaud the businesses willing to show their support for inclusion, diversity and the respect for the choices of individuals. This is an important issue and its refreshing to see that Heath and his ideology of hate didn't win out in this situation.


weasel said...

I dream of the day when George Smith of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine mistakes Michael Heath for a white tail buck and drops him, only to be visited with a lightning bolt from on high.

Two turds with one stone.

weasel said...

Additionally, when they get to meet God they find out that he is a gay gun-control advocate who is half timber wolf.

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Jim said...

I'm all for people's right of free expression. What sets me off about Heath and his crowd of morality pimps, is how they couch everything they do on such a high moral plane, i.e. speaking for God, homosexuality being a sin, etc. ad nauseum.

Just this AM, the Lew. S-J has another article on Heath. This time, he's trying to intimidated legislators by listing on his website (was it hacked?) those supporting the governor's civil rights legislation as being "pro-homosexual".

Now I would consider this an honor, but Heath is using it as a tool to intimidate and cow them into backing off from supporting Gov. Baldacci's proposed bill.

Heath is a "freak" and I mean that in a perjorative way!

bnm73 said...

I've been following (and blogging for posterity) Heath's comments lately. His screeds would be funny if there weren't so many people who believed every vitriolic word to spew forth from his mouth.