Fighting bigotry and barbarity is important!

Thanks so much, Judy McLain!

My son is an adult now, and has been for a long time. My partner and I gave him a home when the rest of the world had given up on him. And you know what? He turned out just fine.

I appreciate your calming and kind words so much.

One of the reasons I write is to inspire outrage in people. We need to be angry. We need to fight injustice and cruelty, not accept and enable it. I am angry, but my fiery words stem from my old street theater days with Act Up and Queer Nation.

I’m probably not actually as angry as I sound. ;-)

I do feel, though, that some of us who have been around, so to speak, need to set an example. We need to show young people what it means to resist and fight power.

Revolutionary change is not won with sweet words and bland acceptance, after all.

The Stonewall riots that we celebrate every June were exactly that — violent riots. The first Pride march was an illegal street protest that risked turning into a riot all over again. The marchers were perfectly prepared to do that if the NYC police tried taking them into custody. They weren’t going to go to jail without violently resisting.

Our actions and zaps with Act Up and QN often threatened to boil over into violence, and sometimes they did. The Catholic Church often sent young street toughs up against us.

We were prepared to meet violence with violence and sometimes we had to in order to defend ourselves from religious extremists.

So…

How do we meet the institutional bigotry of the Catholic Church today? Certainly not by being kind to them and allowing them to characterize us as depraved.

No, we have to shame them and shout them down, to point out their barbarity and backwardness.

Decent, civilized people don’t hold with the kind of cruel bullshit the Roman Catholic Church works so hard to impose. So, I set an example. I hope I’m showing some people behavior and rhetoric they can model.

I hope that more and more people make the Church feel the heat of our righteous moral indignation.

That’s why my profile photo is a yapping little dog, by the way. ;-)

I’m hoping my ceaseless barking attracts an entire pack of outraged howls and yowls!

Jim

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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