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             English class when I turned in a short story and he said in front of all the
             boys, “This is an excellent story; but because it does not fulfill the require-
             ments of the assignment, it earns only a 92.” The second time was when
             I split an infinitive, something no one did in the 1950s! I was mortified,
             and, even today, with grammar so changed and styles so relaxed, I find it
             a hard thing “to really do.”
                In 1975, and in 1977, while I was editing  Drummer, Leonard J.
             Fick, twice requested me to consider returning to the Pontifical College
             Josephinum to teach writing and literature.
                I could not travel back in time.
                But I was carrying the past into the present.
                To me, homosexuality is the Old Religion predating even the Druids,
             and certainly predating Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
                Gay people need a “text” — something to wave in the air like a Bible,
             a Koran, a grimoire. Why have we not learned from others? In the 1950s,
             Magus Gerald Gardiner in Britain dared declare witchcraft a religion
             and secured government protection. If we simply define and declare that
             homosexuality is a religion, then we become protected by the U. S. Con-
             stitution in the same way that Wiccans and Latter-Day Saints and born-
             again Protestant store-front fundamentalists and Scientologists are now
             protected because each declared it was a religion. All revealed religions
             had to announce their identity. There was a time when humans lived quite
             happily before there was any Judaism, any Christianity, and any Islam.
             Sourcing itself from inside human nature, homosexuality is not a revealed
             religion; it is an intuitive spirituality that grows out of human nature.
             For further reading, consider again the religious themes in Some Dance
             to Remember, and explicit arguments in Popular Witchcraft: Straight from
             the Witch’s Mouth, second edition, 2005.

                Editor’s Note: In 2006, Matt and Andrej Koymasky wrote in The Liv-
                ing Room - Gay Biographies:

                Themes and rituals of Catholicism thread through his [Fritscher’s] fic-
                tion and nonfiction from the incarnational Some Dance to Remember to
                the passion and death of Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera.
                His formal training in philosophy, theology, literature, and criticism
                is the architecture of his sweeping historical work on witchcraft, the
                drama of Tennessee Williams, the photography of Robert Mapple-
                thorpe, and the popular culture of homosexuality. His photography is a
                succession of heroic and suffering images from The Roman Martyrology
                of the Saints., retrieved October 31, 2001

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