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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Those Evil Gay People
by Eleanor Brown

We scare the bejeezus out of heterosexuals. But how does one cope with such fear? As I read through what gay people are responsible for (uhm, the destruction of Greek civilization, to start), I am reminded of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a charming tract mailed to me one sunny day many years ago.

"I am totally appalled and disgusted," read the accompanying note, decrying the gay-positive content of a student handbook I'd been involved with. "As a freelance journalist I will do everything in my power to sensationalize this 'filth' of yours... WORLDWIDE. Let the Christian people know that the Golden Calf is back in Babylon." Then there was a bunch of stuff
about how I'm mindlessly following the evil teachings of the Jews.

The Protocols (a well known fake) are a plan to bring forth the Kingdom of the anti-Christ. The instructions include for Jews to seduce youth, prey upon vice, destroy family life, destroy respect for religion, introduce filth into literature, propagate poisons like alcohol and drugs, and divert the masses with lotteries and other games. Plus destroying financial stability (world bankruptcy and all that).

Sound familiar? In 2004, replace the word "Jew" with the word "gay." The same weapons of hatred and fear are used over and over. And we have yet to eradicate anti-Semitism, which means homophobia has a long way to go, as well. But in a way, we should be thankful for the nutters.


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