As the acceptance of LGBT individuals continues to grow nationwide, the Christofascists who for centuries were allowed to force their ignorance and hate based beliefs on all of society are displaying more and more extremism against anything and anyone who challenges their fantasy world belief system. As always, LGBT citizens are the favored targets for these members of the Christian Taliban - even in relative liberal states. A case in point is Maine where a religious extremists have launched a new group that wants to roll back LGBT protections and make homosexuality a crime. Hopefully, these lunatics will be treated with the derision and scorn that they deserve. Hate and ignorance wrapped in the cloak of religion deserve absolutely no respect. WGME-13 looks at the batshitery:
Mike Heath and other former heads of the Christian Civic League of Maine have formed a new group, "Equal Rights, not Special Rights."They say they're tired of being forced to accept the homosexual lifestyle.
Paul Madore and this small group of people say they want to restore America to its former greatness by repealing same sex marriage laws and making homosexuality a crime.
"There is conduct that ought to be punished," Heath said. "And Christianity teaches, has always taught and still does teach, that sodomy is such a behavior."
In fact, they're against any public displays of affection by members of the LGBT community.
"These are two military men, at least one, and there's an open expression of homosexuality and sexual expression that is totally out of line for a country as great as the United States of America," Madore said.
But the first battleground for the group "Equal Rights, not Special Rights" is to push for a citizen's initiative to remove the phrase "sexual orientation" from the Maine Human Rights Act, even though Maine voters passed the measure 11 years ago.
"If it's removed, what does it do?" Heath said. "It very simply moves something, a behavior that belongs in the closet back into the closet."
Matt Moonen of Equality Maine called the referendum this group is pushing a waste of time. "They think they can force people to accept their world view," Moonen said. "That's just not what America is, not what the State of Maine is. And it's not going to work."
Heath is a perennial anti-LGBT bigot and not surprisingly his efforts are affiliated with hate groups such as American Family Association and Focus on the Family which want a Christian theocracy in America. Thankfully, the world view of these hate merchants is dying and it will be increasingly difficult for them to make a living preying on the ignorance and bigotry of others.