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Resistance is futile

Line between homosexuals and sci-fi villains further blurs

For an evil, soulless, possibly cyborg science-fiction queer, this has been a good weekend.

This past Friday, while blogging about Mozilla’s new CEO stepping down because of public awareness of his anti-gay political contributions in the past, the “editor-in-chief” of former US presidential candidate Herman Cain’s blog revealed to the world the horrible truth about the LGBT rights movement: “They understand that in order for their movement to ultimately succeed, they need to turn the entire culture into a mindless army of obedient adherents like the Borg on Star Trek. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

Dan Calabrese, according to his own site, is “in training to become a pastor, and I expect to work mainly in teaching and deliverance. (If you don’t know what deliverance is, spend much time on this site and you soon will. My books should provide a pretty good hint.)” He, unironically, equates the Borg-like tendencies of queer people to fascism, silencing dissent with any who don’t agree with our “evil” movement. Because . . . you know . . . Christians have never silenced free speech or oppressed dissenters.

I would have to disagree with you, Dan. Queer people aren’t at all like the Borg. For starters, despite all our efforts, we haven’t perfected nanoprobe technology yet. I’ll lend you a hand, though. There’s a favourite science-fiction race that makes a much better metaphor for queer people: Cylons.

Think about it: after years of hiding, we start to infiltrate society. We blend in; for the most part, there’s no way of telling us apart from regular humans. In fact, our complex emotions and motivations are practically indistinguishable from those of humans. We seduce, scheme and sneak ourselves into the very workings of society, and no one suspects our vicious machinations until it’s too late. Bam. Nuclear strike against the Twelve Colonies.

This was all leading up to the announcement today that Roland Emmerich, the openly gay director of Independence Day, will be directing a new film about the Stonewall riots. On the flip side of things, you could really just do minor tweaks to the script of Independence Day; put Bill Pullman in drag and you basically have the Stonewall movie, good to go.

Of course, Calabrese probably isn’t too happy about that. The Stonewall riots were a historical event that actually happened, and queer people dramatically fighting against an oppressive, hypocritical system is real life.

Unlike the Bible, which is just science fiction without the science.