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Ezekiel J. Krahlin


© 2004 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin
(Jehovah's Queer Witness)

On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 a Gaynetizen posted:

Demos should be berating the
hostility and hatred of the GOPer
party, not sitting on their hands
weeping about equality. ...Demos
should be on the offensive (dare I
say pre-emptive?) side of equality.
Blast the GOPers for their
homophobia and don't apologize for
equality and fair play.

Truer words were never said. Let this be our lesson: how much
more gay hateful than most of us ever imagined, are large
segments of the Amerikan population. And how unCARing are more
liberals, Democrats, and other among our so-called "allies",
than most of us ever dreamed.

I figured this out some years back, and alerted our community
as to the incredibly extensive hatefulness the average
Amerikan hetero holds against queers. Most in our community
chastised and mocked me for making such an "outrageous" claim
(this was back in 1997-98). But I knew I was right, as I
tested my assumption in various ways...only to have my
suspicions loudly affirmed. I scratched the surface to
discover the Beast of Homophobia almost everywhere, including
in Gay Mecca, including in the Castro. But most queers
preferred to assume we have more allies than ever...they just
never bothered to test that belief. I did.

I warned our community that we have far fewer allies in
politics (or anywhere else), than we could ever imagine. I
warned how vicious homophobes made so manifestly
clear in the so-called Religious Reich.

I also warned Canadian gays who are way-too self assured, that
homophobia would never get out of hand in their more
reasonable society. And they still are overly, smugly
complacent...thus my warning still stands.

For me, this is our real lesson: the vehemence against us,
the conniving against us, the scapegoating against us is
beyond all proportion even when compared to other vilified
minorities (including blacks, in part because of their own
horrific record of gay bashing, thanks to their churches).

Now, we have been shown both the viciousness of the Right,
and the spinelessness of the Left, the Center, the Moderate,
the Libertarians, the Greens, and the Independents. (Have I
forgotten anyone? Probably. Let my accusation apply to these
people, too.) We have no real allies...we have neither the
church, the temple, the synagogue, the mosque, to support us
in our struggles (unlike any other oppressed minority on
earth)...nor do we have the support of family (unlike any
other oppressed minority on earth).

Now, we know just how awful the vast majority of heteros
are...they are pure scum! But hasn't this always been a truth,
in general, that one is indeed lucky to have even one true
friend in this life? We just bear a great burden for
humanity...and this curse is our blessing, as it shall turn
out to be, in our lifetime.

Martin Luther King had a dream. But I, Zeke Krahlin, have a
vision! A vision of sweeping victories across the planet, once
the global holocaust takes off and threatens to annihilate all
gay people for good. We shall make sudden triumph ours,
sudden victory ours, sudden favor with the Goddesses. And it
will be nothing short of miraculous. Why, this roundly
defeated attempt to insinuate anti-gay dogma in our
Constitution, which would establish us as second class
citizens in perpetuity (at least as long as Amerika lasts), as
dirt in the gutter, as Jews in ghettoes of Nazi Germany
(Godwin's Law be damned), as deer frozen in the headlights of
an SUV, as slaves running, hiding from their cruel landlords
for fear of their very life...this sound victory against such
outrageous enshrining of a diabolical but the
first miracle of many to soon comfort our long-suffering
hearts in a golden shower of benevolence. (Yes, pun intended.)

We have been burned, and burned bad. We have nothing to lose
now, for we are like pit bulls trained to fight, and
win...always! We now snarl back...starting with the terror
reigned upon the person of a gay murderer, by an all-gay gang
in a Scottish prison. They are the bellwether of a turn in
fate fully in our favor!

Not that we won't go through more incredibly devastating
crises, still...not that we won't have our numbers greatly
dwindle further for a time; as biological warfare,
incarceration, witch hunts and expulsion from our homes and
home countries attempt to decimate our numbers and threaten
our remaining family to completely return to the closet, not
to step out till countless decades have passed...but let this
fine taste of victory stay sweet in our mouths, as we surmount
the next hill to meet our enemies on the battlefield in every
town, city, and nation across this sorry globe. Savor this
fine honey on your freedom-parched tongue...for it will
sustain you for the Great Battles that lie ahead. It will
sustain as honey and carob once did for John the Baptist.

And remember what I predicted, also, about AIDS avenging us by
turning away from us, and decimating the hetero masses? This
is precisely what is under way. Though being very shamanic,
pagan, and a lover of mythos, I find this hetero AIDS
decimation true justice, for all the years they've looked the
other way, chuckling with sadistic glee over our resulting
deep grief and terror ("Oh, it's just a faggot dying, this is
God's will"). I compare this to the vengeance wrought upon
Egyptians by the Angel of Death, who slew their firstborn,
that all Habiru be freed from the enemy's yoke! Now, many
firstborn of homophobic families shall be slain by this same
Angel, in the guise of AIDS.

You may read of this time we are now entering...where so many
of the most homophobic societies see their people, their
youth, their armies, their artists, their politicians, all
consumed by AIDS, for their hatred against us was likewise
all-consuming. While during this time, our ascension towards
equality--and even mastery over this world, fulfills its

You may read of this time in my 21st Century Parable:

The Mask of Horus

I wrote that tale just for this time we are now entering. Do
not rest on our laurels, for this very sweet victory...for
the enemies are the gathering storm of holocaust, and the
darkest time for us in all our desperate history. Do not
believe for a moment, that homophobes will give us our freedom
now, or ever, without putting up the Mother Of All Fights!

But don't ever cave in to fear, hopelessness, cynicism, or
self-destruction. For that is precisely what this is all
about: we are being tested, to prove our mettle, to sharpen
our abilities, to call us to courage, to Our Great Destiny. Do
not ask for whom the Bell of Freedom tolls: it tolls for us!
Always keep an ear to that bell, to help you through whatever
momentous struggles we must soon undertake.

Do not mock your activist sisters and brothers for their
dedicated service of courage and sacrifice. The time of
testing our own is over. New leadership shall rapidly
rise...not through conventional channels, but by the selection
of those most suitable and prepared, by Destiny. I am one, I
know that only too well. But there are of course, many
others...possibly you who read this now.

Perhaps you'd like to read (or re-read) my manifesto posted
some years back, across gay and activist newsgroups and
mailing lists, which is:

The New Declaration of Independence

which I wrote as an outraged response to Clinton's signing of
DOMA in 1996. I haven't altered it since then (in order to
keep up with the many changes that have occurred, since its
first release). And I'm glad I haven't touched it, even though
the events reference seem outdated by now...for nonetheless,
the bell-clang of my proclamation rings truer (and louder)
now, than ever before.

But (take a sudden gulp of air, deep breath), this defeat of
the FMA ("Fag Mutilation Archfiend") is truly a WONderful
victory...exhilarating, totally inspiring, and a real sign
that our prayers have begun to be answered. There is every
reason to celebrate, for this is not the usual crumb, but a
luscious, giant, hunk of angel food cake!

Let me close now, by ending with the same words I used to end
my Declaration:

--begin ending:

In closing, I humbly attempt to give solace to my Hellenic
sisters and brothers, with this quote from Psalm 35 (1-8):

      Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me;
      Fight against those who fight against me.
      Take hold of shield and buckler,
      And stand up for my help.

      Also draw out the spear,
      And stop those who pursue me.
      Say to my soul,
      "I am your salvation."

      Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor
      Who seek after my life;
      Let those be turned back and brought to confusion
      Who plot my hurt.
      Let them be like chaff before the wind,
      And let the angel of the Lord pursue them.

      For without cause they have hidden their net for me in
           a pit,
      Which they have dug without cause for my life.
      Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
      And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
      Into that very destruction let him fall.

--end of ending (but the beginning of the beginning)