“Massachusetts should continue to reservernand honor the special sanction ofrnmarriage for one man and one woman.”rnWeld felt compelled to amend the resolutionrnto be more “inclusive,” as follows:rn”Massachusetts citizens reserve and honorrnthe sanctity of civil marriage.” Oxymoronsrnlike “civil marriage” don’t troublernWeld, whose support for “diversity” isrnsecond to none.rnIt is rude and counterproductive tornmock gays or lesbians for their inclinationsrnor private behavior, but courtesyrnand tolerance do not mean letting homosexualsrnor their sponsors afflict thernyoung bv proclaiming perversion to bernnormative, to merit status formerly accordedrnto husband and wife. Such equationrnis the goal of “diversity” lessons, andrnclose behind the push to legalize samesexrnmarriage (as in Hawaii) and to mainstreamrnyouth sodomy (as in our publicrnschools), come those who would legalizernpedophilia. It is they who make tolerancernseem a mistake; indeed, it is theyrnwho will not practice tolerance or restraint.rnAnalyzing cultures across the millennia,rnHarvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokinrnfound that “No society has loosened sexualrnmorality from marriage and survived.rnVirtually all political revolutions leadingrnto societal collapse were preceded by sexualrnrevolutions in which marriage lost itsrnstatus.” This is the familiar nightmarernthat has invaded our waking life. Beneathrnits surface lies malice, envy, rage,rnand resentment of life and health, an animusrnthat may be glimpsed in an “eruptionrnof rage” first published in Gay CommunityrnNews (1987) and reprinted lastrnyear in Kevin Abrams and Scott Lively’srnThe Pink Swastika.rn”We will sodomize your sons, and seducernthem in your schools. [They] willrnbecome our minions and be recast in ourrnimage,” wrote author Michael Swift, inrnwords that anticipate recent publicrnschool curricula. In adding, “Laws banningrnhomosexual acts will be revoked,rnand legislation passed which engendersrnlove between men,” Swift all but describedrnthe “positive portrayals of diversernlifestyles” which have become the watchwordrnof the anointed. His boast, “Ourrnskilled writers will eliminate heterosexualrnunions by wit and ridicule,” alludes torngay-lesbian dominance of fashion andrnadvertising, fields which dominate publicrnspeech and which rarely offer positivernimages of normal men.rnLastly, in words which recall the homosexualrnagenda that inspired many ofrnthe Nazis’ leaders as well as their streetrnpunks. Swift proclaimed, “highly intelligent,rnwe are the natural aristocrats ofrnthe human race. We shall conquer thernworld, and live according to the dictatesrnof pure imagination.” In the name ofrncivil rights, gays are sailing to their newrnByzantium, a gold-plated, mackerelcrowdedrnTurkish bath in which copulationrnwill thrive, not discriminating by agernand beckoning above all to the young.rn”Our exquisite society will be governedrnby an elite who will indulge the Greekrnpassion. The family unit, which onlyrndampens imagination, will be eliminated,”rnSwift concludes.rnLet us never say that we weren’t fullyrnwarned.rnEugene Narrett is a professor of Enghshrnat Framingham State College.rnLetter FromrnLondonrnby Derrick TurnerrnA Mere Rumor of WarrnGradually the security alerts on the Undergroundrnhad become less frequent,rnand Tube drivers had even stoppedrntelling passengers to take their personalrnbelongings with them when leaving therntrain. Eventually the alerts ceased altogether,rnand searches on the way intornmuseums and major tourist attractionsrnbecame desultory and perfunctory. Londonersrnrelaxed and forgot all aboutrnIreland, except when news programsrnshowed pictures of Sinn Fein leader GerryrnAdams talking to British politiciansrnand shaking hands with Bill Clinton, interspersedrnwith vignettes of worriedlookingrnUnionist politicians full ofrngloomy prognostications of trouble, demandingrnthe decommissioning of IRArnarms before talks could decently, practicallyrncommence. The IRA cease-firernhad begun.rnBut the Unionist politicians werernthemselves interleaved with excited coveragernof signs of eased tension—unarmedrnpolice on Belfast’s streets for thernfirst time since the eariy I970’s, carefreernChristmas shopping on Donegall Street,rnthe dismantling of sections of the socalledrn”Green Line,” the fence whichrnseparates Republican and Unionist areasrnin Belfast and summit meetings betweenrnantipathetic enemies. Advertisementsrnfor Northern Ireland as a holiday and investmentrnlocation became commonplace.rnLitter bins on station concourses,rnclosed because of the last wave of bombings,rnbegan to be opened up again. ThernCity of London was beginning to be reopenedrnto vans and trucks. Televisionrnpeople and some journalists spoke ofrn”new eras” and the like, as if the two wellarmed,rndetermined underground armiesrnwith incompatible aims responsible forrnall the violence since 1969 had just vanishedrnaway, negotiated into nothingness.rnThe words “the peace process” becamerna vaguely reassuring cliche, utteredrnendlessly and seemingly to the same effectrn(so Unionists thought, and think) inrnthe nasal tones of John Major, the patricianrndrawl of Northern Irish Secretary SirrnPatrick Mayhew, or the harsh tones ofrnGerry Adams. American readers mayrnnot know that Gerry Adams was a barmanrnbefore he became President of SinnrnFein, or that he is an amateur versifier,rnwhose recent first compendium wasrnbriefly fashionable in Dublin’s literary salons.rnThis latter characteristic he sharesrnwith Padraig Pearse, flamboyant EasterrnRising hero, who wrote much doggerelrnabout “the red wine of the battlefield.”rnThere is, however, no evidence thatrnAdams shares Pearse’s pedophilia.rnAlthough there were continual subterraneanrnrumblings in Ulster backstreets,rnand even veiled threats from Sinn Fein,rnthe cease-fire was not broken for almostrn18 months. It became a personal triumphrnfor John Major (who needed anrnelectoral boost) and even Bill Clintonrn(who needed a good photo-opportunity).rnIt became easy to depict Unionistrnfears as scare-mongering and Unionistsrnas paranoiacs, especially as Unionist concernsrnare often couched in Old Testament-rnreminiscent language, whichrnstrikes a dissonant note in the modern,rnmulticultural, “nonjudgmental” state.rnUnionists were ignored or derided by assortedrnIRA supporters and fellow travelers,rnespecially on the left of the LabourrnParty, who have long secretly applaudedrnthe Irish nationalist assault on nationalrnunity—just as they support class war,rn”political correctness,” multiculturalism,rnOCTOBER 1996/35rnrnrn