Now I'll say at the outset that I don't think Henry hates gays. In fact, I think he has made a sterling effort for someone of his generation to publicly "rethink" his previous unreconstructed attitudes and deserves full credit for that. But it's pretty obvious that when faced with a kook like Geiger he is absolutely out of his depth.
I don't think it needs any more commentary than that. Enjoy.
Michael said Tuesday, 24 March 2009 at 2:23 pm
[…] Minor PS to Snout: YOU are a traitor to our gay community.
Henry Bauer said Tuesday, 24 March 2009 at 3:12 pm
Re your “minor PS”: Do you know who Snout is, to know that he is gay? I only know that his e-mails come from Australia.
Michael said Tuesday, 24 March 2009 at 3:41 pm
As regards Snout, he has admitted on other blogsites that he is gay. I do not know him personally, only that he has stated that he too is a gay man.
I myself truly consider gays such as Snout, whoever he is, who have been thoroughly exposed to all of the discrepancies in HIV/AIDS theory and to the disaster of AZT, to be very much like a Jew who survived extermination by the Nazis by volunteering as a guard at Auschwitz, telling his fellow Jewish brethren to go on in and get a nice shower while all the time knowing he was leading them to their deaths by gassing and chemical extermination.
Though I am also aware that he is likely a true believer in an HIV threat and that his zealousness is likely driven by a moral crusade that is likely founded in both his paranoia of AIDS and a deep internalized self-loathing for being gay that would create a lack of compassionate understanding of the self-destructiveness inherent in so many self-loathing gay men. I also find that many gays seem to have a need for the boogeyman of HIV to be real, in their own efforts to keep themselves from acting out sexual addiction that they may also often be prone to. When one does not feel good about themselves, which, due to internalized homophobia, so many gay men are prone to, they often seek relief from the uncomfortable emotional pain of self-loathing internal shame via drug, alcohol, or sex addiction, which unfortunately leads them back to even greater internal shame and guilt. The threat of impending death by HIV/AIDS is oftentimes the only tool that many of these do-gooder gay men have at their disposal and they often use it to hold themselves back from such intense sexual desires and internal sexual addictions.
A 12-step recovery program would be far more useful and helpful, but few will take such a route because it is a serious commitment and they often loathe the spiritual aspects that the 12-step programs are based upon.
So, I do understand, but nonetheless, a spade is a spade, and should be called such. Such behavior as hiding behind the false HIV/AIDS theory to keep from addressing one’s internal propensities for sexual addiction is overall very destructive, and certainly is not beneficial to anyone either. And all who do so, just as a spade is a spade, are traitors not only to themselves, but are traitors to their community, and traitors to all of mankind at large.
Henry Bauer said Tuesday, 24 March 2009 at 3:54 pm
Michael:Thanks for the answer re Snout; though I confess to not feeling able to accept as necessarily true what he says about himself. It’s awfully difficult not to judge people by their actions, in fact I suppose there’s no other way; yet the sort of intense emotions you describe could surely lead to “they know not what they do”… Cognitive dissonance keeps them from understanding the evidence, so they continue in their holy crusade.Sad and tragic as well as harmful.
Michael said Tuesday, 24 March 2009 at 4:00 pm
Henry, you are quite correct. It truly is “Sad and tragic as well as harmful”. And I believe it to be all the more reason to point it out directly to Snout, as one cannot begin to address what they themselves are not even aware of.