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.