Feb 18, 2009

Why the Red Star?

I posted about the synchy association of the red star with faggots in the 'Go West' post, AKA the Red Star Brewing Co. and in a strange case of life imitating synchs, the gay star seems to be catching on. 'Red Star' is Kitsap County's queer night (which happens to contain the Bremerton Naval base AND the TRIDENT sub base). Shiva Central, or perhaps - the underground Old Navy.

One of the oldest gay bars in Seattle is now the War Room, with appropriate Red Star insignia.

Consulting the Google gives up the Red Star Coven - gay bros in Glasgow! And what is the subject of a recent post? An attack on the massive "gay conspiracy" by the Catholic Bishop of MOTHERwell. It seems that the church is perturbed by recent gay tendencies to see ourselves as the latest "holocaust" survivors. Go figure. I wonder where we might come up with THAT idea?

"ONE of Scotland's most senior Catholics has launched an attack on the "gay lobby" in Scotland, claiming there is a "huge and well-orchestrated conspiracy" against Christian values. The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell and president of the Catholic Education Commission, said gay rights organisations aligned themselves with minority groups, such as Holocaust survivors, to project an "image of a group of people under persecution". He warned that the gay lobby – which he labelled "the opposition" – had mounted "a giant conspiracy" to shape public policy." --the Scotsman

I wish there was a gay conspiracy to stamp out Christianity, but unfortunately there isn't. What he says is outrageous, considering that gays and lesbians were persecuted in the Holocaust, the Catholic Church has a lot more power than any marginalised gay lobby, and especially since he's speaking in the name of a church that has a two thousand year track record of setting up and protecting networks of paedophiles.

Hardly in a position to lecture anyone else, then. --Red Star Coven

Which of course, is absolutely perfect. Onward, Gay Commie Christian Macy's soldiers...

The Pet's Go West. Pet shops, dogs, stairways to heaven. A blast from the past/present/future?


David Stewart said...

I am loving your new banner and logo Michael
It always just floors me when the Church addresses itself to the Holocaust in any way - because the victims of the Nazi Purges curiously are very similar to the victim groups of the Inquisition. (remember one of the major charges leveled against the Templars was Sodomy . . . Jews heretics witches Gypsies and on and on - we are a theat to them in some fundamental way I have not yet fathomed )
So I am not certain it is just an example of old hatreds out-surviving ideologies - I often think there is a forced direction behind both events.

And that's a large part of why i believe it could totally happen again

Anadæ Effro said...

I think that it's because of what the m.o. for the Burning Times was, "Sodomy is a crime which leads to witchcraft!", so spake the Malleus Maleficarum, or The Witches Hammer, the medieval text used to persecute heretics.

Being consciously sexually variant if not behaviourally, sexually variant being my prefered affectional appellate for non-heterosexual, not anti-, mind you, as I've been misinterpreted before as being anti-scientific for being an avowed non-evolutionist, I think our brand of erotic expression can lead to higher forms of consciousness.

That old Beast 666, Aleister Crowley's Church of Thelema was, indeed, onto something with their pansexuality. But, hey, why should anyone monopolise (monotonously-polarise) anything, ay?

Nice choice of new banner, Michael. I didn't Gno about the War Room, though. I like Pet Shop Boys, too, but when're ya ever gonna put Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" music video up?

Under a shining star him(s)elf, the Septenary,
Anadæ Effro ( :-)}

Michael said...

Hi David - great comment! In my worst conspiraloon moments I muse that Satanic forces created AIDS because the upwelling of gay joy in the 70's was getting way too close to something very dangerous to them...

Anadae - Wow, like pot leads to "hard drugs". Glad you like the banner, and yes Bronski Beat (and the Communards?!) were great. 'Tell Me Why' was my fav.

Ben Fairhall said...

Very natty new digs here, Michael.

I don't know how seriously to take these pronouncements. As a practising Catholic myself, I know there's more than a little homo-eroticism in the Tridentine Mass.

Anadae's comments are choice, and spot-on. 'Sodomy' can lead to higher states of consciousness- whether between men exclusively or men and women, as I prefer to practice- and has been described (by Martin Amis, I think) as 'the sexual Black Mass' for a very good reason.

I'm sure you realise I say these things with admiration, not 'hate'.

tommy said...

Interesting use of colors in the "Go West" video (I always meant to get into some PSB), one thing I noticed was the complete lack of the color green. Then again, maybe your consciousness (air sign, Libra, air is represented by the color green) filled in that space.

What's also interesting is that green, matching up with the archetype of the Eagle, represents the analytical dominator type, like most anti-gay people.

Christopher Knowles said...

The War Room, eh? Well, Michael and I have discussed that the possibility that homosexuality will be mainstreamed in the context of hypermasculinity, the new Spartans. The Red Star is perfectly appropriate since it seems we are making an instantaneous shift to a collectivist economy. When Republicans are talking about nationalizing banks you know it's a brave new world.

Anadæ Effro said...

Oh, oh, that is just TOO WILD, Christopher! Michael, I jus' have to add a little sump'n sump'n! You see, there's this one particular priest in the Church of Satan. Jack Malebranche is his name. He paints these lovely crushed black velvet portraits of serial killers. He also wrote a nifty little tome WITH two Spartan helmets in profile facing each other on its cover, talk about sexually variant males as the new Spartans. It's called "ANDROPHILIA: A Manifesto ~ Rejecting the Gay Identity (and) Reclaiming Masculinity"... whoa! Talk about mainstreaming homosexuality in the context of hypermasculinity, here's an excerpt:

"It has always seemed like some profoundly ironic cosmic joke to me that the culture of men who love men is a culture that deifies women and celebrates effeminacy. Wouldn’t it make more sense if the culture of men who are sexually fascinated by men actually idolized men and celebrated masculinity? The essence of embracing androphilic desire is embracing the fact that you actually are a man who loves men. As a male who experiences that desire, perceiving yourself to be more womanlike is a cop-out, a compromise that places homosexual desire into a more familiar Mars/Venus polarity; it is essentially heteronormative. People expect men who prefer sex with other men to be constitutionally effeminate; gay culture conforms to those expectations. A movement of homosexual and bisexual men who refuse to conform to those expectations, who refuse to surrender their masculinity, who uncompromisingly relish the fact that they are men who love men and embrace that Mars/Mars sexual dynamic would be truly revolutionary. A group of androphiles who champion and embody masculine ideals, who go out and earn the respect of other men on their own turf, who actively invalidate the smear of effeminacy by living as exemplary men? Now, that would really challenge accepted cultural norms."

Sick & tired of rainbow banners,
Anadæ Effro ( :-)}

Michael said...

Thanks for the insightful comments all. I should clarify that the War Room is a FORMER gay bar, now a hip-hop joint with Che Guavera pretentions. Which is interesting to me via the conceit of visualizing places existing in all times at once.

I have a sneaky suspicion that war is the sublimation and projection of male erotic love - the love that dare not say its name (even still). That's why all the weapons of war remind us of the phallic.

I have to say that I profoundly agree with Jack Malebranch on this... men who openly and honestly love other men as MEN might be extremely threatening to the status quo. I find it fascinating that the single organization most responsible for homophobia is chock full of self-hating homosexual pedophile priests. Not a coincidence, that.

Tommy: I noticed that too. I likened Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to Moses and Aaron, leading their flock to the "promised land". Red blue and yellow are the primary colors, perhaps symbolic of "purity" or "holiness".

Cheers, Michael

Christopher Knowles said...

On a separate note, I now believe that every attractive female under the age of 30 is now a practicing bisexual and that her boyfriend has put pictures of her and her BFF(s) up on the internet.

wordver synch: emper (as in emperor)

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