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-------------------------------------------------------------- Permission granted by author for anyone to distribute this writing free of charge (including translation into any language)...under condition that no profit is made therefrom, and that it remain intact and complete, including title and credit to the original author. Ezekiel J. Krahlin http://www.gay-bible.org -------------------------------------------------------------- LARRY KRAMER, BRILLIANT NIHILIST © 2004 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin (Jehovah's Queer Witness) First, read Larry Kramer's frightening and prophetic piece at: http://www.queerday.com/archives/006898.html then read my response to it, which I first posted to newsgroup ba.motss. Here it is: --begin my response From: ""
Newsgroups: ba.motss Subject: Re: Larry Kramer And The State Of Civil Rights Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 01:04:34 -0800 On 29 Nov 2004 12:01:34 -0800, email@example.com (David Kaye) wrote: > We're either entering the Dark Ages. The original > one lasted about 200 years. I'm wondering if this > one will last as long, or if it will be a short > glitch in enlightenment. It will be a short glitch, IMO. I've just finished reading Kramer's frightening essay, and respect everything he has to say, including criticism. However, such almost-complete nihilism makes his claims only partially true. I do not have AIDS. Being a bit of a prude, the idea of catching VD scared me enough to have almost 100% safe sex, starting long before AIDS was ever known. I've developed quite a few years back, a spiritual and ethical understanding of what it means to be homosexual...and some of you are already familiar with my ideas. They're all on my website, and new pieces are added as I evolve my philosophy. I've never respected my brothers who indulged in promiscuity and hard drug use. Yet I've also done my best to inspire them to move in better directions. I've also shown compassion and given hope to homeless gay people. And it hasn't been easy: I've been bashed twice for it, and even more, almost constantly belittled and vilified for almost two decades. Yet I stand firm in my attempts to inspire our Family to become more united, and loving towards our own. I foresaw global anti-gay holocaust, long before even Kramer did. I saw it as clear as day, the moment I learned Pres. Clinton signed DOMA. But I also saw this Beast of Homophobia succumbing to its own destruction, after approx. 2-1/2 years of unbridled terror. I also foresaw a united and successful revolt by sexual minorities (and allies) on a global level. I foresaw many unsung heroes and new, surprising leaders rise around the globe, fighting successful for Queer Liberation. I know I'm one...and I also suspect hundreds, maybe thousands, of like-minded souls whose lives have been simply a preparation for these tremendous times now upon us. How can we possibly turn around such insurmountable odds? How can we possibly become so united as to form our own universal health care, and true family spirit over the world? How can we wind up as revered heroes to the rest of the world? My answer can only be this: Destiny. It's just what is meant to occur. Somehow, miraculously, we will grasp that ring on the merry-go-round bull's nose. It's easier to believe, if you believe in a Creator, or Angels, or Elves, or Spirits. (or whatever). I don't believe the victory of the Allied Resistance of WWII could not have occurred without what I'll call "divine intervention". Many stories of the era, tell of great heroism which victories depended on remarkable turns of fate: as if a benevolent hand from above were paving the way. It is perhaps of utmost import, for speeches like Kramer's to be heard. For in facing the Demon of Terror, we are better prepared in knowing what we're up against. But it is of equal import, to have leaders of great inspiration and optimism, a la Winston Churchill ("We shall never, never surrender." or Franklin Delano Roosevelt "(The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."). I foresaw a takeover of the Religious Reich long before others in our community. And, I have been treated badly for many years; written off as a screwball. But I accept that as part of my path, to make me strong, and not take every little word too seriously. What is happening these days, is far more acceptance and understanding of my viewpoints, and less and less vilification. I understand this as a sign that my influence will increase...and well it should, as I truly believe my ideas of self worth and victory will contribute much healing and hope for all queers, everywhere. Many, many people will die of AIDS, and most of them will be heterosexual, not queer. This also means that many, many homophobes shall perish. I refer to this time as "The New Passover"; and I've even written a tale around it: The Mask of Hours http://www.gay-bible.org/write/2_horus.htm The great plagues of the Middle Ages created an employee's market, where wages were high, and all jobs were desperately needed. So the long term outcome of Our People is not necessarily one wrought with misery and extinction. One might regard many of my writings as "prophetic"...though in using such a word, I only ask you to accept my visions as having arisen from pagan beliefs, not Christian. I've done all my work, in that I've described all my visions, written all my inspirational pieces, and created a database of all my discussion on Usenet since I first logged onto the Internet back in 1997. So if somehow I should die or "disappear" at this point, all the wisdom I've gained, has been uploaded to my website. There, you will find ideas on how we can win our rights for once and for all...using strategies of social engineering ("memes"), psychological terrorism, community bonding, and right-thinking attitudes. You'll also find a lot of humorous pieces...for I believe humor to be a very important aspect of healing, and of ultimate victory. I fancy myself the Bob Hope of the queer community: one who lightens hearts and makes the queer troops laugh, that we may better pass through these difficult times...that we may joyfully fight the Beast of Homophobia, and finally hack it to pieces where it shall never rear its ugly head again. Please do not buy into Kramer's nihilism. Respect it as a necessary viewpoint to align our forces. Share it with everyone you know. But don't stop there. Read my works...or others...who give hope, joy, and inspiration so necessary these days. My page of links has such resources: http://www.gay-bible.org/links/ They are there to benefit the LGBT community, anywhere in the world. My entire website in fact, is dedicated to This Cause. May courage and joy be yours in such abundance, that nihilism shall be swept away from this planet in our lives. Walk in brightness, always. SinQueerly, Zeke Krahlin -- Lavender-Velvet Revolution http://www.gay-bible.org --end of my response ---finis