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Discrimination League of Maine

A note to my colleagues in other media outlets: We — that is, you — need to start calling  Michael Heath what he is, and has always been: the venomous leader of a fringe hate group.

He is not the "executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine," even if that's what it says on his business card (and I don't know whether it actually does or doesn't).

He has repeatedly spouted his vitriolic, uninformed, irrational hate for gays, lesbians, and transgendered people, and has even sometimes gotten that hate transformed into a question on a statewide ballot.

He took a break for a while, deciding to oppose gambling, but his most recent action demonstrates what a charade that was.

Despite being roundly defeated every time he has tried to deprive Mainers of human rights, he's trying again. It's obvious that last time, the "Maine Won't Discriminate" campaign seized on an excellent name for their effort - no matter how filled with intolerance, Heath clearly knew he couldn't become the "No, You're Wrong - Maine WILL Discriminate" campaign.

What slogan is he going to try this time? "Bring Back Bigotry"?

If you really want to read some of his ill-informed hate speech, click here, but don't say you weren't warned.

UPDATE: And now, an experiment in crowd-sourcing. Below are links to the three most recent CCL IRS Form 990 filings, which are required for the type of organization the CCL is - it's a 501(c)4, if you must know. Anyway, post to the comments (or e-mail to me) interesting findings and conclusions you see in these records, which are public documents, and which I downloaded for free from GuideStar.org (a great place to get financial info on any non-profit/tax-exempt organization).

CCL-2004.pdf (702.47 KB)
CCL-2005.pdf (589.04 KB)
CCL-2006.pdf (616.52 KB)
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