via David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement
“Gay marriage” is so 2011. Remember last week when we reported that some conservatives believe America’s third party will focus only on defeating same-sex marriage across the nation? Well, it appears they have their own Super PAC now, and it’s called the No Special Rights PAC. The No Special Rights PAC asks that you use “the term ‘Sodomy Based Marriage’ and avoid the deceptive terms ‘same sex or gay marriage’.” No Special Rights is based in Maine and is trying to defeat a voter ballot initiative that would deliver same-sex marriage — I mean “sodomy based” marriage — back to same-sex — I mean “sodomy based” — couples.
Click here for a large copy of the No Special Rights PAC Truth Pledge.
No Special Rights Truth PAC, founded by partners Paul Madore and Mike Heath — the pair have been anti-gay activists for 20 years — even has its own version of NOM’s and Bob Vander Plaats’ Marriage Vow, but this one the voters, not the candidates, sign. The fact that now almost six out of 10 Maine voters support marriage equality doesn’t seem to phase this latest attempt to use hatred of gay people as an ATM.
In fact, Mike Heath’s website shows he is a direct mail fundraising consultant. So, the anti-gay PAC is yet another convenient way to pay for the kids’ college education and stuff some away for retirement, one could easily assume.
Zack Ford at Think Progress notes that the “pledge also refers to marriage equality as ‘an attack on the religious freedom of all Christian men and women’ that oppresses, silences, and persecutes ‘those who hold religious or moral objections to homosexuality’ and seeks to introduce ‘homosexual indoctrination into the curricula of our schools.’ Madore also told reporters that homosexuality represents a ‘culture of death.’”
Madore and Heath’s rhetoric is unabashedly anti-gay, but it’s important to note that all of the rhetoric fits the models offered by groups that use tamer language, like the National Organization for Marriage and Catholic Church. By framing the effort around so-called “religious freedom” and protecting children, No Special Rights PAC is fighting with fear and trying to erase same-sex families and the many faith communities that support them.
Curiously, Heath lists himself as the Iowa State Director, 2011 – 2012, for Ron Paul for President. And he’s also an active anti-abortion activist and lobster fishing fan.
Unsurprisingly, Heath is a former board Chairman of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) now an SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group.
Nearly every person who acknowledges an aversion to homosexuality does so on the basis of what he or she believes the Bible has to say. In their mind, there is no doubt whatsoever about what the Bible says and what the Bible means. Their general argument goes something like this: Homosexuality is an abomination and the homosexual is a sinner. Homosexuality is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, if we are to be faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture we too must condemn homosexuality. Needless to say, this premise is being widely debated among evangelicals today and seriously challenged by biblical scholars, theologians and religious leaders everywhere.
It rarely occurs to any of us that our reading of Scripture is profoundly colored by our own cultural context and worldview. In light of the post above and since I happen to speak and write on this very topic, I thought you might find some of these posts of particular relevance and interest (link below).