Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Falwell's Heart of Darkness. (Notes from a Blond)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Falwell's Heart of Darkness. (Notes from a Blond)

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For many people on the West Coast, the end of the world happened while we were asleep. We were awakened with the news or, in my case, awoke to it, peering at it on TV, thinking it was an ad for a Schwarzenegger picture, waiting for that voice to intone, "Friday everywhere from Sony." Then there was the gradual realization that this stuff was actually happening,, that nothing you were seeing was a specie effect, and that everything that wasn't collapsing was about to get turned upside down.

People who live on the edge of hysteria now had something to legitimately get hysterical about, and the calls and E-mails poured in. "Lots of gay people dead," a friend reported. "Rents at the World Trade Center were low since the bombing in 1993, so lots of gay political organizations and start-ups had offices there." Could this be true? I thought of the guy from Cantor Fitzgerald who cold-called me every so often to get me to buy stock. He was gay, but were they all?

"They're going to blame this on the Jews," another friend shrieked. "It's all because of Israel." I remembered being in South Africa many years ago when the prime minister was stabbed by a man with a Jewish-sounding surname. The chief rabbi had gone on national TV to announce that the man wasn't a Jew. Otherwise, who knows what would have happened? Probably something like what happened here--people got shot for being Arabic.

Then came the biggest surprise of all--nobody was blaming the Jews, but Jerry Falwell was blaming the gays. Fortunately, he was also blaming the feminists, the abortionists, and a whole bunch of other people he claimed were "secularizing" America and thereby stirring up God's wrath. Guess Jerry is closer to God than we figured. Or maybe not. Later the same day Jerry came on TV to say that he had once again been misunderstood. Of course he hadn't, but it's all he could say after his attempt to jump on a flaming bandwagon of anger had so spectacularly misfired. …

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