Mike Heath is leading one of the efforts to oppose marriage equality — what he calls “sodomy based marriage” — in Maine this year through his “No Special Rights PAC.” Having worked hand in hand with the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins in the past, Heath felt the need to join the exploitation campaign of this week’s tragic shooting at the FRC headquarters. Rather than just attack the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” label, Heath simply draws a direct connection between homosexuality and violence:
HEATH: If Maine doesn’t end this decades long conflict over the evil of sodomy with an overwhelming NO vote in November we can expect to see this sort of violence in Maine in the near future. Homosexuality can lead to the most horrific and violent consequences in individuals and society. The twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of it.
Heath has also applied for a concealed weapons permit, claiming it is the responsibility of all good men to be prepared to protect innocence from evil.
One movement is advocating for equality in the form of economic security and personal safety. The other is trying to erase a group of people from society through societal stigma, harmful identity-erasing therapy, criminal sanctions, and deportation. It’s not that difficult to make sense of which side of the culture war is “incendiary.”