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STANDING UPRIGHT IN A HOWLING WIND


by Mike Heath

July 27, 2013
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Sexual Orientation Theory Produces only Harm and Confusion

I am no Thomas More. I have not had my head cut off by the king for taking a stand against sexual immorality, at least not yet. But I do agree with one thing Thomas More said. He compared the laws on sexual morality to trees which shelter a kingdom, and he asked where any man could stand upright when the last tree was cut down and the winds started to blow.

Now that transgenderism is accepted as normal, the last tree has been cut down, and the winds are starting to howl. A transvestite man, described as a man with a two days growth of beard, has been allowed into the shower area of a woman’s shelter. What this man’s sexual orientation is is anyone’s guess, but there is no debating that the women in the shelter feel afraid.

When a man in a dress is given all the rights of a woman, up to and including refuge in a woman’s shelter, we have gone too far in our pursuit of equality and fairness. During the debate over the 2005 Sexual Orientation law, I warned this would be the outcome. I took a forceful stand, saying that this would expose the innocent and the vulnerable to harm. In return, I was accused of having the wrong tone and style, of being too strident.

All this came to a head when the Maine Human Rights Commission proposed guidelines for transgendered students in Maine schools. Under the proposed guidelines, boys would be allowed access to the girls’ locker rooms, bathrooms, and shower areas, and would be allowed to play on girls’ sports teams. The Christian Civic League opposed the proposed guidelines vigorously, and invited the public to attend a public meeting of the Maine Human Rights Commission on the subject. The meeting was also attended by Paul LePage who was then the mayor of Waterville. Thanks to the public outcry, the proposed guidelines were shelved.

Even though I was no longer at the League at the time, I remained at the center of the controversy because I insisted on discussing the issue as it should be discussed, not in legal and sociological terms, but in terms of right and wrong, which is after all the basis of God’s law. My press conference with Paul Madore was intended to do just that, to help the public focus on the harm done to society and to individuals by acts which are by their very nature harmful.

The debate over same sex marriage in Maine has bogged down in an endless war of words over the benefits of same sex marriage versus traditional marriage. But this is wrong-headed, and it is also perverse in its own way.

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The issue which needs to be settled once and for all is whether or not society is harmed by sexual immorality. After the Left has offered all its arguments in favor of premarital sex, adultery, divorce, homosexuality and abortion, and society has been lulled into believing that such things are good and acceptable, we are still left with the sight of a bearded man in a woman’s dress leering at women in a women’s shelter. That proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that normalizing perversion is wrong.

And so I must issue another warning. Unless we come to clarity regarding sexual immorality, and unless the people of Maine get their heart right with God on this matter (and that includes many Christian leaders) even worse is on its way.

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Michael Heath has represented Christians in the public square for nearly three decades. As executive director of the historic Christian Civic League of Maine, Heath has been an outspoken advocate for moral values. Working alongside Dr. Dobson, Heath led a statewide family policy council for sixteen years.

Heath received the Family Research Council’s Family Faith and Freedom Award in 1998. He led multiple statewide campaigns -- including a memorable People’s Veto, which sent two hundred thousand Mainers to the polls in the dead of winter, just after a devastating ice storm which crippled all of Central Maine.

Heath served on the Governor’s Gambling Task Force, as well as on a Legislative Commission on Fatherhood. Just after college, Heath spent four years leading a ministry helping people struggling with substance abuse and/or mental illness.

Heath is married to Paulie, an inspirational singer, songwriter and speaker. They have three grown sons.

In recent years the Heaths have traveled to East Africa multiple times, working alongside missionaries in Tanzania to promote solar cooking in remote villages. Mike served as State Director for the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign in Iowa in 2011.

Website: MikeHeath.net

E-Mail: msheath04358@gmail.com


 

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When a man in a dress is given all the rights of a woman, up to and including refuge in a woman’s shelter, we have gone too far in our pursuit of equality and fairness. During the debate over the 2005 Sexual Orientation law, I warned this would be the outcome.