Treason Against Civilization
Gay City News,
February 19, 2003
487 Greenwich St., Suite 6A, New York, NY 10013
To The Editor:
To ask the question, “Sleeping With The Enemy?” (by
Michael Luongo, Gay City News, February 14-20) in regards to a
totalitarian regime is an act of surprising innocence. It would be like asking
in Hitler’s Germany about the Degenerate Art.
Luongo writes, “I even found the contradictions at
institutions run by the government. The explicitly homoerotic art in the Fine
Arts Museum was unexpected. A drawing by Luis Peńaluer on the second floor
shows two men having sex while a woman jumps over them. The mood is very Basic
Instinct and a knife lies under them. A painting of a Cuba versus the U.S.
boxing match depicts the American down on the ground, his head just at the
crotch of the Cuban, as if performing oral sex. There’s also a multi-media
work by a group of artists called Los Carpinteros with peek-a-boo openings
showing wood carvers casually working in the nude, their penises just inches
from each other’s mouths.”
Yet, no matter how many changes the Castro regime might
seem to go through, it is a totalitarian regime, because the government
controls everything… Even foreign investor movements, even the journalists
movement. An Argentine journalist was recently expelled from Cuba.
The presence of a Westerner in any anti-Western country
such as Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, etc., in fact lends a kind of moral support
to the regime that is against the principles of the West––freedom,
capitalism, progress. All those things are what every human being has the
right to access. Therefore “Sleeping with the Enemy” is, after all, an act
of treason. Treason to the principle of our civilization, a civilization that
gave us the right to fight for what we are, not to surrender our desires but
with dignity share them with our equals.
To take advantage of gays in need in Cuba, of their
inferior conditions of living, is as decadent and reproachable as the Castro
regime itself. Because it fulfills the minds of Cuba the underlay premise of
communist ideology that the West will surrender to morally superior truth.
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