Head Of Maine Marriage Organization Becomes Regular Contributor For Anti-Gay Hate Group
June 28, 2012 4:05 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Mike Heath is one of the co-founders of Maine’s anti-LGBT No Special Rights PAC, a group working to defeat the state’s pro-marriage equality referendum in the fall. Although Heath played a substantial role in repealing the Maine’s marriage equality law in 2009, he’s been increasingly marginalized in recent months by mainstream anti-equality groups due to his extreme anti-gay rhetoric.
In a June 28 AFTAH blog post titled “The Most Important Article I’ve Ever Written,” Heath once again lashed out at groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family for shying away from his extreme brand of anti-gay activism:
I knew that the pastors had decided years ago, in collusion with Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council, to back Pastor Bob Emrich instead of me. Mike [Hein] has always been an implacable foe of Bob Emrich, and the womanish brand of evanjellyfishism that he has decided to lead. He urged me many times to deal with him. Maybe he was right. I decided, however, during those years it was better not to start a fight in the ranks.
It is interesting to note that Bob Emrich now leads what is left of the “social conservative” movement in Maine. He takes his orders from well-funded national groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. He, and they, are hyper sensitive to Republican politics.
The clock is ticking on our ability to influence the course of things through politics. Political martyrs are dropping like flies all around us. How long before we will be forced to give not only our careers, personal security and money? How long before the government forces us to choose them or Jesus Christ — and the wrong answer leads to a bloody end? How long?
It really isn’t about the economy, stupid. It really is about the morality. And there is nothing “gay” about sodomizing other people. [emphasis added]
AFTAH’s history of promoting anti-gay hate speech has been well documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to SPLC’s Evelyn Schlatter:
AFTAH is notable for its posting of the utterly discredited work of Paul Cameron (of the Family Research Institute; see below), who has claimed that gays and lesbians live vastly shorter lives than heterosexuals. Among the Cameron propaganda published by AFTAH are 2007 claims that gays and lesbians in Norway and Denmark live 24 fewer years than heterosexuals. Reviewing that claim, Danish epidemiologist Morten Frisch found that it had no scientific basis. LaBarbera himself, in 2002, compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of “smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.” Similarly, AFTAH’s website carries essays describing homosexuality as a “lethal behavior addiction,” a “dangerous” practice that is “neither normal nor benign.”
In 2007, LaBarbera claimed there was “a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia” among gay men — yet another false assertion.