I’m sorting through deeply-nested – and long-forgotten – folders on my hard drive right now. During this process, more often than not I run across duplicate copies of bits of research that I can chunk to free up space on the drive. However, I occasionally run across non-duplicate items – and one that I’d forgotten about.
Below is a piece that I wrote in late 1999 (the file stamp says Dec. 13), probably for submission to the Texas Triangle. I don’t recall if I ever actually did submit it, but it wasn’t one of my pieces that ranin late 1999 or early 2000 (I suspect it was a bit long – well over my theoretical 800-word limit.)
Take a look at it.
See what has changed in eleven years – and what hasn’t.
Monsters Mangling the Milieu in Their March to Millennium III
By Katrina C. Rose
Ten years ago I got bored rather quickly with all of the 1980’s end o’ decade retrospectives. After all, the entire decade can be summarized in two words: Reagan and repression.
Seriously, those words pretty much encompass everything from the unconstitutional influence of Jerry Falwell on American government as well as said government’s willingness to ignore AIDS and the serious consideration given by some elected officials to quarantining all homosexuals.
Granted, if one wanted to expand the 80s summary a bit one could add: ugly men with ridiculous hair and no talent claiming to be rebellious heavy metal rock ‘n rollers.
On second thought, I think the word ‘repression’ covers that rather adequately as well – but, I digress.
One observation which I thought was interesting came from the late KTRH reporter Garvin Berry. He noted that it was interesting that, as the 1970’s gave way to the 1980’s, the Oilers were preparing to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game, and as the 1980’s were about to end the Oilers were preparing to meet the Steelers in a playoff game.
Ultimately, it seemed, nothing really changed.
Okay – enough about decades. Let’s go for the big enchilada: millennia.
A thousand years ago, the world was in the grip of religious tyranny and the world is in the grip of religious tyranny today.
But it is changing; its getting worse.
The world of a thousand years ago was controlled by an incestuously interrelated cadre of nobility and clergy, insulated from any accountability to the people who they ruled and, in many cases, owned. At its core, the America of today is scarcely any different.
Don’t think so?
Get real folx. Where do titles of nobility come from? Historically, they were dolled out by bloated, illiterate, syphilitic monarchs who claimed to be in the positions that they held because god had ordained it to be so.
The only difference between the rich bastards who have bought their way into the halls of American governmental power by virtue of non-titled, though money-laden familial perks and those who have drained from British society all vestiges of equality is a matter of generational degree.
Granted, there are avenues to attain ‘rich bastard’ status independent of Da System,™ but they are inherently denied (to varying degrees) to almost all who are non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual and are stupid enough to play by the rules which those who run Da System™ say is the path which will lead to Da Reward.™
The liberal first-generation, allegedly-self-made millionaire typically has some sort of closet to protect or some bigotry of his own which he feels is okay to perpetuate (well-explaining all of the transphobic dollars which drench HRC.)
The conservative first-generation, allegedly-self-made millionaire is little different from the twentieth-generation, idle-rich upper-class twit who has innumerable special rights by virtue of the cumulative effect of a likely-embellished (in some cases, actually fake) family history which preceded the title of nobility and the ensuing generations who benefited from undeserved title-based special rights.
He got it. God wants him to have it. God wants him to keep it. God wants him to keep any of you who god obviously didn’t want to have any of it from getting any of it. It builds on itself, crushing everything and everybody who is underneath it.
Sexual orientation discrimination.
Gender identity discrimination.
A vicious, putrid circle.
Need anyone look farther than the Exxon-Mobil-Bauer fiasco to finally realize that, as a whole, American business will never voluntarily stop judging employees and applicants based on one religion’s dogma and begin to evaluate openly non-heterosexual people on the basis of their ability the force of law prods them to do so?
Need anyone look farther than the insidious anti-homosexual and anti-transsexual legislation being ramrodded through legislative bodies by religious theocrats in order to finally realize that the goal is theocracy and nothing but a theocracy?
Need anyone look farther than the continuing insult to the religious autonomy of athiests, agnostics, Jews, Hindus and non-mainstream Christians by the Big Bad Bully Christians™ who refuse to accept ‘no’ for an answer in their attempts to recruit from those groups to realize that the goal is theocracy and nothing but a theocracy?
Need anyone look farther than the groups of death squads (more commonly referred to as gay-bashers and trans-bashers) that roam the nation as ad hoc ecclesiastical courts, passing and enforcing Levitican judgment and sentence against innocent homosexuals and transsexuals – with some now openly claiming the right to do so as a religious exemption to laws which criminalize murder to realize that the goal is theocracy and nothing but a theocracy?
A thousand years ago the world was in the grip of darkness – when official knowledge was controlled by the church and when any expression contradicting the religiously correct position of the church was capital heresy. The hatred and intolerance which gave rise to the Inquisition was only simmering, waiting for Inquiisitors to turn up the heat.
As Millennium II gives way to Millennium III, any expression contrary to allegedly-majoritarian Christian religious correctness is deemed to be persecution of said allegedly-majoritarian Christians, even though no law in existence anywhere in the United States either criminalizes the Christian’s right to express views which contravene the plain language of the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land, or limits that right except insofar as it cannot be expressed at government expense. When the Establishment Clause is mentioned, the theocrat shouts the lie that government refusal to endorse Christianity is government endorsement of atheism.
In the same way that Islamic fundamentalists have assaulted the notion of secular government in the Middle East, radical theocratic Christians demand that government apply ‘Christian principles,’ which, of course, are their version of Christian principles.
Law is a legitimate part of government. Religion is not and can never be – but when it is forced, by illegitimate means to be so, as it was a thousand years ago, an Inquisition will not be far behind and the phrase “equal protection of the laws” will be expunged from official American thought.
Peter LaBarbera, of the Inquisition-in-Waiting popularly known as the Family Research Council has stated the position of the radical Christian theocrat as succinctly as possible. “It is wrong to affirm homosexual behavior or ‘identity’ in any way.”
Unlike HRC, these people ‘get it’ on the inclusion issue.
These people, the Inquisitors of Millennium III, are not going to compromise any more than the Inquisitors of Millennium II did. They will never accept us in government, in the workplace, in schools or anywhere in America in any way, shape or form. Their goal now is the same as that of their centuries-long-gone predecessors-in-bigotry: to rid the planet – which they firmly believe that they have a divine claim to – of all gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.
Those of that ilk who speak of uniting in contradistinction to dividing mean unity in absolute, total and complete submission to their beliefs.
Oh – those two Oiler-Steeler playoff games? The Oilers lost both of them.
Those were just games – a different opiate of the masses. We can avoid losing this millennium – not to mention our freedom and our lives – but only if we fight.
Well, aside from Porno Pete having branched out into his own little (officially-designated) hate group….