I suppose the role of public figure has fallen to me. As leader of the
Christian Civic League of Maine I have been in the public’s eye since
1994. Our success in resisting the homosexual rights movement has
increased public exposure for me over the years. The personal and moral
nature of this political contest made me into a “lightening rod.”
Since much is written about me publicly by people I’ve never met I thought it
might be helpful to put down a few thoughts from the “horse’s mouth,” so to
First, I don’t hate anybody. I do hate Satan. I hate evil. I despise the fact that citizens committed to Christian righteousness are
increasingly treated with disdain by so many. Maine’s House Speaker has
hinted that I am “homophobic.” I think the word is silly. If what he
means by that is that I’m afraid of “gays” he is wrong. I’m not.
Many allege that I think Maine employers should fire “gays,” and that “gays”
should be booted from apartments and be denied service in restaurants and
banks. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing.
I do, however, think that all sex outside of marriage MUST be discouraged in
every possible way if a society wants to lay claim to the designation
“civilization.” I don’t like barbarism, moral relativism or sin. I
do like the old fashioned notion of shame. People should be ashamed when
they do something wrong. All sex outside of marriage is wrong.
Maine is wrong to recognize sexual immorality as a trigger for any legal
rights, recognition or protections. Sex outside of marriage should be
discouraged. It must never be referenced in either a neutral or positive
way in law. For example, we must get rid of “sexual orientation” in our
hate crimes act, or civil rights act. We should protect all people from
harassment regardless of the reason for the harassment. We don’t need
“sexual orientation” to appear anywhere in law.
Some writers claim that I speak for all Christians. I have never felt
that way, nor have I ever made that claim. I speak for the Christian Civic
League of Maine. I am her executive director.
I think Christianity is understandable. It can be defined, and we all
must work at doing that in honest communication with one another. I am not
God, nor do I have a direct line to Him. I respect all people, Christian
and non-Christian. I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, and find His
gospel to be realistic, satisfying and true. I base this conclusion on my
experiences in life, parenting and working. I love what the Bible has to
say about God. I enjoy honest conversations with everyone I have the
opportunity to communicate with about God, truth, morality, law, politics,
parenting, faith etc. I am loathe to judge. God is our judge. A judgment day is coming.
Christianity, to me, is less an ideology or superstition than it is a way of
life. It is a realistic and practical moral system. More
importantly, it is an explanation for the presence of evil in the world. Christianity provides a uniquely satisfying explanation. Evil is something
that is in us, and all around us. We are all infected.
Many writers attempt to make me out to be a person who believes that I wear a
white hat while everyone who disagrees with me wears a black hat. This is
inaccurate. I have never believed this.
We are all fallen creatures. We are all infected by evil. No
amount of good works or actions is adequate to save me, or anyone else. God provides a way out for me and for all fallen sexual beings . . . for all
humans. That way out is not through the creation of perfect laws, nations
or societies. It isn’t through personal righteousness and good
deeds. The way out is through faith in Jesus Christ.
This faith will cause us to conclude that the Ten Commandments are good and
true. It will cause us to conclude that marriage really is between one man
and one woman for life. It will cause us to hate divorce. This faith
gives us the courage to stand against evil, and not make it personal. This
faith helps us recognize, understand and accept the place for the sword, the use
of force . . . sometimes lethal.
Christianity is not about weakness. It is strong. It is
real. It is about a peace that is not dependent on this world, and our
circumstances. Christ helps us every day, and in every way.
Choosing any sex outside of marriage – heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or
trangendered – is morally wrong. Failure to repent and walk away from this
sin leads to destruction and disorder in this life, and hell in the next.
It is an honor to serve the League. I am an unworthy servant thankful
for the opportunity to stand and fight for the truth. I serve at the
pleasure of a statewide base of churches and supporters. I have always
taken this responsibility very seriously.
That is a glimpse at some of my current thoughts.
I conclude with a brief description of my family.
I have been very happily married to Paulie for the past 23 years. I
have three sons who make me proud. My oldest son is studying to be a
history teacher. My seventeen year old is enlisted in the US Marine
Corp. He graduates from High School this year and ships for boot camp on
August 1. My 16 year old is leaning toward an enlistment in the US