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            that in 1950 Congress had passed the McCarren Act allowing restrictions
            of civil liberties and free speech, as well as the rounding up of undesirable
            Americans for detention in existing federal “concentration” camps that con-
            tinue to be used for illegal immigrants. That McCarren Act has never been
            repealed. Its threat continues to smoulder perilously under gay culture.
               Because of the centuries of abuse queer people have been forced to
            endure as children, teens, adults, and seniors, we gay Americans might fol-
            low Native Americans and American Blacks and demand an apology and
            financial reparation from the American government for physical, psycho-
            logical, and civil rights’ damage dating back to the first execution of sexual
            deviants by American Christians in colonial New England, as reported by
            Puritan William Bradford in his diary Of Plymouth Plantation 1642-1650.
            The Protestant Christian torture and murder that landed on Plymouth
            Rock with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, including the beheading by Miles
            Standish of an Indian Chief two years after the first Thanksgiving, could be
            the premise for a BDSM sex story in Drummer.

               William Bradford ...legally detailed the crime and punishment of
               a list of sins common among the colonists: bacchanalian drunken-
               ness, witchcraft, homosexual sodomy, and buggery, as in the case
               of the young Thomas Granger who for “buggering a mare, a cow,
               two goats, diverse sheep, two calves, and a turkey” was hanged on
               September 8, 1642, but only after the mare, the cow, the goats, the
               sheep, the calves, and the turkey were killed before his eyes.... The
               score at the Salem witch trials of women and men was 144 accused,
               54 confessed, and 19 hanged. —Fritscher,  Popular Witchcraft,
               University of Wisconsin Press, pages 43-44

               Who knows what caused Embry’s colon cancer? But if his were a fic-
            tional story, it would dramatize possible cause and effect. In reality, the very
            large-boned man Embry seemed unstoppable except for illness. That twist
            of his bad luck was an ill wind that blew some good luck. As editor-in-chief,
            I had to take charge of Drummer even as he cycled through months of fail-
            ing health, diagnosis, surgery, treatment, and recovery. In 1975, only four
            years earlier, Embry confessed he had been psychologically “traumatized”
            when his then lover, a blond from whom he was separated, was hospitalized
            with cancer, and refused, for whatever reason, to see him. The profile of his
            emotional health appeared in his autobiographical Epilogue in Drummer 2,
            page 46; in an Epilogue revision in Drummer 6, page 15; in The Best and the
            Worst of Drummer, page 64; and in Drummer 188, page 23.

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