Tuesday, November 26, 2019

These two angels walk into a city...

In the last five years I have seen things happening that thirty years ago would have sounded preposterous. If people had predicted these radical changes to our collective ethos and morality, I would have laughed in their faces.

Once upon a time, two angels walked to a city to see for themselves what was going on within it.

When they got there, they had intended to spend the night with the citizens in the downtown area, but one very insistent man invited them to his house, so they went with the man.

The man and his family were very hospitable, and the angels talked with the man into the wee hours.

They asked many questions of the man, and the man answered as well as he could.

The man said that originally, the city was a wondrous place, where the people were free to do and think as they wished. They had at one point decided to trade a king for a president, and championed the idea that the people should be in control of their own fates, instead of being subject to the whims of a single entity or group.

Their city's culture slowly, through time, abolished slavery, gave women the vote, took away restrictions from minority populations, and achieved wealth beyond that of any neighboring cities. They conquered hunger, disease and war. They had forged a truly great city.

However, there was one tiny GROUP that felt it was still getting a raw deal. Even though they already achieved equality in their working lives, as well as their social circles, and many of them were very successful, they still felt like second class citizens because their private sexual practices were seen by most of the population as strange and undesirable behavior.

It didn't matter that the vast majority of the population believed in live and let live, and that what went on in someone's bedroom was their own business. Just knowing that most other people found their sexual behavior distasteful made this GROUP indignant and angry.

So they began a campaign to change the public's opinion about their private sexual practices.

At first, this GROUP, which had many members in the entertainment sector, began trying to be seen and heard as much as possible, but with absolutely no shocking or blatant exposure to their private sexual behavior. This was done on purpose, as well as never mentioning anything about their rights. Often their appearances in entertainment were amusing or ridiculous, but the point was the appearances were more and more frequent, in order to desensitize people and get them exposed as much as possible to members of the GROUP.

Next, they made sure that in entertainment and news, they were seen as victims. They found a doctor who said he had proof that they were born with their sexual preferences, thereby making them not only victims of society's prejudice, but also victims of fate. That same doctor's findings were later proven to be false, but the acceptance it produced for the GROUP members was already established.

The members of the GROUP that were a part of perverted organizations that liked to include children in their sexual practices were deliberately left out and never mentioned, lest the city slip back into its default position of seeing them as deviant in private. They couldn't afford to be connected to child molesters who unfortunately happened to also be members of their GROUP.

Next the GROUP made sure to remind the city that there were many great citizens who were members of their GROUP, in order to persuade the average citizen that their GROUP was capable of wonderful things, thus again helping to remove the stigma attached to their private sexual practices by association.

Things seemed to be going well for the GROUP. Their strategies were working.

The next step was to run ads and produce stories and entertainment that recast the mainstream character's sense of pride and comfort in traditional values as an unacceptable fear and hatred of the GROUP. In this way, they sought to vilify the mainstream and make anyone look like a monster who openly expressed disagreement with the GROUP's private practices.

They deliberately chose the fringe of the city to feature in their presentations. They featured angry, hateful people, and made it look as though everyone who didn't approve of the GROUP's private sexual practices were frothing at the mouth and terrible bigots who should be shunned by reasonable people. In this way they could produce shame in the mainstream and a willingness to repent from crimes that mainstream individuals rarely ever committed.

Philosophical differences regarding a religious ceremony were characterized as hate , hate, hate.

In order to get more exposure, the GROUP had many quiet backroom liaisons with news people and entertainment moguls. In doing so, they managed to produce and publish all kinds of positive messages, often with their GROUP's name at the bottom, in order to associate their GROUP with worthy causes. This way they helped lessen mainstream resistance to the GROUP's private sexual practices by association.

Examples of this advertising were:



Next they used public elections as another means to desensitize and familiarize. They would run symbolic candidates from their GROUP for every public position in the city. This was so they could run ads for their candidates, and demand equal time in a fair election. The ads would be openly featuring the fact that they were members of their GROUP, and then even if they pulled their candidates right before election time, they could still achieve the mainstream exposure they were seeking, without risking the negative publicity of potentially not winning the seats.

Now that their GROUP's exposure was more common, they began to put pressure on the entertainment sector to start featuring more of them in their productions, lest the producers appear to be bigots. Each decade the amount of featured characters grew exponentially. Many ads were designed to mimic the sentiments of religious ads, but using the GROUP's members instead of religious people.

They made clever ads about family harmony and understanding, and made sure that their GROUP was given credit for the ads. Many companies, who wanted to remain competitive and realized they were missing out on a potentially lucrative market, published ads tailored for the GROUP, in the GROUP's publications first, then later in mainstream publications (coded to appeal to the GROUP members without getting the public's attention), then finally completely openly about the GROUP in mainstream publications.

At this point, the city had become so familiar with the GROUP's existence and ubiquity in advertising, news and entertainment, the GROUP then started running more obvious ads, such as testimonials from GROUP members who love their families, maintain long term relationships, and as far as they could tell, they had always been a member of the GROUP and were born that way (they didn't choose to be a member).

They produced ads that depicted teenage GROUP members as depressed victims of bigotry and cruelty, to generate more sympathy for the GROUP.

They produced content that switched the pro/dissenting positions, so that the person in the ad being discriminated against was not a member of the GROUP, but was going through discrimination that the GROUP was believed to go through. In this way they turned the emotional tables and made the mainstream imagine how they wanted them to perceive the GROUP.

They produced ads where they featured an offensively angry and hateful person railing against the GROUP, and when the audience sees who is being railed at, it's a deliberately innocuous and innocent looking bunch of members of the GROUP. This was a very effective method to plant the seed that dissenters to the GROUP's private activities were mean, nasty and unacceptable people.

Through time and relentless efforts, the GROUP managed to convince the city that it was evil to find the GROUP's private sexual behavior distasteful.

That's when things started to truly go south.

The GROUP's more politically active members passed all kinds of legislation, their legal bulldogs filed all kinds of lawsuits, and their governmental arms injected all kinds of propaganda into their schools, temples and every other quarter of the public sector.

More and more people started to question their own sexuality, because it was wrong to judge others, and if it's okay for the original GROUP to do those things in private, then why not people who never before identified with the GROUP?

The birth rate of the city started to decline, while the birth rates of neighboring cities increased, as they were not dealing with the same issues.

Due to exposure to sexual concepts very early in school, children started to experiment sooner, and grew more confused about their own genders in a way that rarely occurred before. Most of the doctors in the city, fearing the loss of their careers via the rage mob, endorsed and encouraged very young children, who were nowhere near puberty, to start taking puberty blockers, thus permanently altering what would have been the children's natural course of development.

Any concerned parents who resisted the state-sanctioned hormone treatments were brought up on charges of bigotry, hate and child abuse, and their children were taken away to become wards of the state.

The GROUP incited public rage mobs to put pressure on businesses that donated money to religious charities. The businesses began capitulating to the GROUP's demands, out of fear of losing money. The charities were publicly vilified as being anti-GROUP, when in fact their policies were based on their religious beliefs, and those religious beliefs did not prevent the charities from helping anyone who needed it, regardless to what group anyone belonged.

And finally... in addition to tolerance, acceptance, equality and education, the GROUP began demanding participation.

This is when the dissenters (who were still in the majority, though forced to remain dissenters in secret) shrank back and allowed the GROUP, which literally comprised only 4 to 8 percent of the city's population, to take over the city. The citizens of the city bent the knee, and the GROUP took advantage of this magnanimous response and began demanding citizens to celebrate the GROUP's private behavior.

If a citizen declined to participate, he or she was accused of bigotry, discrimination and fascism, thus ruining his or her reputation, risking legal repercussions, and experiencing coercion through public rage mobs that sought to make the individual compromise his or her personal beliefs in favor of the GROUP.

Not too long after that, promotion of the GROUP's private behavior became mandatory.

When the angels had heard enough from the man, they understood that their job was necessary, because while differences in ideologies were allowed, it was not acceptable to force others to do something God said not to do. Around that time, there was a pounding at the man's front door.

A large crowd of members of the GROUP had surrounded the man's house.

They shouted at the man to send the two men outside (they didn't realize the two men were actually angels). They wanted to take the two angels and practice their private sexual activities on them.

The man strenuously begged them to not do such a thing to his guests.

The GROUP was furious, and the raging mob yelled at the man:

"We let you live here and you are judging us? Now we're going to do worse to you than we were going to do to those two men!"

Just then the two angels grabbed the man and pulled him back inside the house. They blinded the GROUP outside the house so that they grew tired of looking for the man's front door.

Most of you know the rest of the story.

How many of you realized from the beginning of the story that it was the ancient city of Sodom and not modern day western civilization?

As I said at the start:

In the last five years I have seen things happening that thirty years ago would have sounded preposterous. If people had predicted these radical changes to our collective ethos and morality, I would have laughed in their faces.

No one's laughing now.

"We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress.... Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.... The family unit-spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy and violence – will be abolished.... Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory.... All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.... We shall rewrite history, history filled and debased with your heterosexual lies and distortions.... Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks."
 ---Michael Swift Gay Community News, Feb. 15-21, 1987 (The same year the article "The Overhauling of Straight America" was published by Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill)

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