CAUTION: While you may not be entering a no spin zone, you are about to read gut level honesty. Just to forewarn you. It may be too much for some of you to stomach. We humbly suggest that the development of a creative economy begins with creative dialogue. Have fun!
I am at the center of the controversy over homosexual rights in Maine. I am, once again, called on to protect the interests of Maine in the face of an evil aggressor. Our opponents do not want you to see this. They want us to toe the line of political correctness.
The "gay gene" is fiction. I wondered out loud if this fictional "gay gene" is influencing the Governor to promote the ludicrous notion that Maine needs to debate homosexual rights for the gazillionth time, and the Portland newspapers want to know if I think the Governor is "gay." I don't know whether he is "gay" or not. I'm not even sure I know what "gay" is. I don't care whether he is "gay" or not. I have never cared whether anybody is "gay" or not. "Gay" used to mean happy, but ah well. Things change. So... I responded to the Portland newspaper's heavy breathing with an Arnold quote. I responded, with an apparently lame attempt at humour, asking, "What did you want me to say, girlie man." I hear the pundits are now terminating me on radio. They've got to have something to talk about. The Republican convention is old news.
Promoters of the prosperous "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender" cause need to get a life. And so do some Christians. I'd actually rather do a little light hearted ribbing about this issue than have to continue "dialoging" in serious tones only. Maybe I've got a bad sense of humour. Maybe they are right and there is a "gay gene," meaning that there must be a stealing gene, and a hunting gene, and a political gene. I prefer to think about this issue the way Paul the Apostle did. He put homosexuality in the same category as other moral failings. It is like stealing, he says in Corinthians. Not only is it Biblical, but if you think about it for half a minute it makes a lot of sense. Paul also said that widespread acceptance of homosexuality is a sign of VERY SIGNIFICANT cultural decay (Romans 1).
Paul has always made too much sense for the Governor and his gang in the State House. I asked the previous Governor what he thought about Paul's comments in Romans. In response King told me that he felt that religion causes war. I don't think he was trying to be funny, but maybe.
This Governor hung his head in his office yesterday and declared that my words and beliefs are the reason we need a "gay" rights law. Well.... there you have it. All I've done is tell the truth in a free country about homosexuality. I committed an unholy sacrilige, even among pro family types, of being insensitive to the feelings of "gays and lesbians."
The Christian Bible says that sodomy is an abomination. According to Catholic (Baldacci is Catholic) teaching there are four sins crying to heaven for vengeance; willful murder, SODOMY, oppression of the poor and defrauding laborers of their wages. Is Baldacci going to pass a law against that? Is that a hate crime? Did the Bible just offend the sensibilities of someone out there.
I think we all need to grow a backbone and start talking about what is really going on here. The institution of marriage has been outlawed in Massachussets and Vermont. Both those states are in New England. Maine is holding the line on common sense because in 1990 this ministry decided to risk its future, reputation and credibility on confrontation with the so-called "gay" movement. We decided to go on the offense, and to do so without apology in reference to Christian truth. We... I... have taken enough criticism to make me tougher than a bag of hammers. I've lost count of the times that I have been threatened with vocational extinction. And the threats have come more from within the League than from outside. It has been only recently that the homosexual lobby has taken up the refrain. I suppose it is inevitable that the newspapers and other public institutions start singing from the same song sheet at some point. So be it.
Maybe the board will fire me. For what?
Being insensitive? Offending someone? Wow... what is going on in our state?
Maybe I'll get fired for not being eloquent enough. I just took a phone call from someone I don't know. The woman was very nice on the phone and said that I am not eloquent enough, that there must be a better way to say it.
What is the best way to challenge the notion that Maine's attorney general shouldn't hold testosterone pumped, confused 20 year old transgendered women up to middle schoolers as a role model of courage? What is the eloquent way to say, "I've had it. THAT'S ENOUGH! I'm outraged?"
Back to what is really going on here. On a more serious note there is an increasing body of meaningful scholarship examining the effect of permissive rules about sex on families and children. The facts are not pretty. Lots of people are being hurt while scholars "dialogue."
I'm not a scholar. I'm not ordained. I have a drivers license. That's the only license I have. I know how to type, use a computer and read. I read the Bible, newspapers, blogs and lots of books. I have three sons who are Americans. One in college, one enlisted in the United States Marine Corp at the age of 17, and one who is a sophomore in high school. I am fighting for the America that they will inherit from me. And I am not going to pull any punches. If Christians don't start speaking and acting like Christians there is little hope for this country. Why be a Christian, and have no interest in sounding like Paul the Apostle, or Jesus for that matter. Jesus talked about hate.
Here is what Jesus says. Forgive the length, but I want you to get the context:
"If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world's terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God's terms and no longer on the world's terms, the world is going to hate you. "When that happens, remember this: Servants don't get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them. "They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don't know the One who sent me. If I hadn't come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn't be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father--it's all the same. If I hadn't done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn't be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting--they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, 'They hated me for no good reason.' -- (John 15:18-25 MSG)
I can't help feeling that some powerful forces in Maine are also "hating me for no good reason." I have never maintained a closed door policy with anyone. For ten years I've graciously, sincerely and honestly participated in every media interview and debate I could possibly accommodate. I've consistently said that homosexuality is a moral evil, that it is wrong. I've supported this contention in reference to the Bible. I've held PUBLIC officials accountable when they have disagreed. I have always paid attention to my heart, and my motives. I have never lost my temper. I would never hurt someone because they are confused about sex. I don't get it. They hated me for no good reason. I guess I'll have to leave it at that.
Oh... Bill, Jim and all the other pundits who have made an industry out of vilifying me, I don't have a messiah complex. I worship Jesus. I'm not like him. He is my hero, my passion, my Lord. Hate me.
I guess that is enough "snake venom" for one email (that's what one of my friends said about my recent comments).