Revealed: The murky truth behind convicted fraudster Charles Butler's 'respectable' life

Rotary Club stalwart, MBE, married father of five - Charles Butler was the epitome of respectability. But as he's convicted of fraud the extraordinary truth about his double life emerges. For just a few moments after they broke down the door of Professor Charles Butler's London flat, Metropolitan Police officers wondered if they'd got the right man. From the outset, the two-bedroom property above a newsagent in a down-at-heel part of Whitechapel, East London, seemed an odd choice of pied-a-terre for the millionaire pharmacist they wanted to question for fraud.

Then there was the fact that the man they found waiting calmly inside looked nothing like the photograph they had seen of the smart-suited businessman who was a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a government advisor and an MBE, as well as a ' happily married' father-of-five. The gaunt white-haired figure in front of them was dressed in a skin-tight white T-shirt and tight blue jeans, wearing hippy- style bands around his wrists and chain-smoking cigarettes. All around the 64-year-old was what police would later describe as 'sado-masochistic sexual apparatus' - hoists and harnesses suspended from the ceilings, heavy duty rubber mats on the floors and beds, as well as copious amounts of hardcore gay pornography, sex toys and whips, plus a wardrobe filled with leather outfits on hangers.

Both bedrooms and the sitting room were taken over with thousands of pounds worth of equipment used, police believe, to host orgies. In the kitchen, officers found an illegal hoard of ecstasy, cocaine, crystal meth, ketamine and cannabis, as well as disturbingly large quantities of the date rape drugs Rohypnol and GHB. It was only when Butler spoke to confirm his identity that police officers were satisfied that it was really him.

'He was very well-spoken,' says one. 'And the strange thing was that he almost seemed relieved that he'd been discovered. I got the impression that he'd been carrying this huge burden around, and now the game was up.' Until that moment, police had no idea of this other, darker side to Butler's private life. They had expected to find him at the £1 million five-bedroom Victorian home in Reading, Berkshire, that he shared with his wife of 38 years, Mary. Indeed, it was there that they went first in March last year in a bid to speak to him about the £150,000 of fraudulent expenses claims he had made while working as an adviser to a branch of the Department of Health.

It was only as officers began to uncover the full extent of Butler's deceit and dishonesty that his secret life at the flat he liked to refer to as 'The Mile End Pleasure Dome' began to unravel. 'He almost seemed relieved that he'd been discovered'

This week, at London's Southwark Crown Court, Butler was jailed for two-and-a half-years for fraud, and six months for drug offences. He had claimed the money to pay for a locum to cover for him at his pharmacy business on the days he was advising the Government. In reality, though, there was no business, because he had sold it seven years earlier. But the full extent of Butler's double life has yet to be told, and questions still remain about how he managed to hide the truth from his family, peers and colleagues for so many years.

As one police officer told me this week: 'I'm convinced there's more to this than meets the eye. I don't think this is the end of it.' Until the dramatic events of the past 12 months, Professor Butler's reputation and professional standing couldn't have been higher. In becoming a pharmacist, he had followed a family tradition. His grandfather, Benjamin Butler, had run a chemist store in Reading in the 19th century, and his father John Robertson Butler, also a pharmacist, set up a chain of chemists across the town.

'Devastated': Charles Butler's wife Mary

After Butler qualified in 1969, he worked in his father's chemist shops and eventually took them over, becoming a director of John Robertson Butler & Son. As his career and reputation went from strength to strength, he became a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and chairman of its regional Thames Valley board. He was chairman of governors and an examiner at the College of Pharmacy, chairman of his local hospital in Reading, and, until he retired last year, visiting professor in pharmacy at Reading University. In the 2006 New Year's Honours List, he was made an MBE in recognition of his service to the NHS.

Away from work, he was a trustee of his local church and a leading light in Reading Rotary Club. Through his membership of the latter, he raised thousands of pounds for charity and made several trips to Kenya and Sierra Leone to visit charitable projects for Aids orphans. But behind this image of respectability, Charles Butler was not what he seemed. And one woman who quickly saw through him was 57-year-old locum pharmacist Kathrine Billing, who worked for Butler for five years between 1985 and 1990. 'I always felt he was more concerned with making money than with patient welfare,' she says. 'His business ethics were not my business ethics. 'He could charm the hind legs off a donkey if he wanted to, but he could also be ruthless as hell.'

Despite resigning as manager of one of his shops and, as she puts it, 'trying to stay out of his way', it was Mrs Billing's identity that Butler fraudulently used when he claimed for the cost of a locum pharmacist for the days he was working in London at the Healthcare Commission - a watchdog organisation set up by the Department of Health to promote quality throughout the NHS. The truth was that he had sold the chemist businesses he had inherited from his father to the Manichem pharmacy group for several million pounds in July 2002, and therefore had no right to claim for a locum. He used stationery from one of his old chemist shops, Four Ways Pharmacy, filled in Mrs Billing's name and National Insurance number, but gave his London flat as her home address.

'He's charming, but he could be utterly ruthless'

In all likelihood, he believed he would never be discovered. And if it hadn't been for his arrogance and his short temper, police say he might well have got away with it. But after a tip-off from a whistleblower that he'd sold his string of five chemists, the finance director at the Healthcare Commission asked Butler for Mrs Billing's contact details so she could check for herself. Panic-stricken, Butler then set up a fake email address and sent messages - purporting to be from Mrs Billing - saying that she didn't want to cooperate with any of their enquiries. At this point, the police were called.

As one police officer who investigated Butler points out: 'If he'd been clever, he could have got a woman to phone up and pretend to be Mrs Billing, and say that everything was fine. 'But he was a bully, and he went off at the deep end and had a go at the finance director. It was at that point that she decided to investigate. 'If he'd been nicer to the finance director, then he might well have got away with it.'

The first Mrs Billing knew of Butler's actions was when the Met Police contacted her in February last year to ask if she really had been working for him. Unfortunately for Butler, Mrs Billing's meticulous diaries provided concrete evidence that he had been lying. On one of the days he claimed she had been working for him, she was on holiday in New Zealand - and had an entry stamp in her passport to prove it. 'I was gobsmacked when I heard what he'd been doing,' she says. 'As a pharmacist, the one thing you're supposed to be is honest and above reproach.

'The fact that he'd implicated me left me feeling violated and devastated. I was worried that if anyone got wind of it and only heard his half of the story, I would have no work. Icould see the whole of my 30-year career vanishing in front of me. 'The person I feel really sorry for is his wife Mary. She's a lovely, lovely lady and didn't deserve this. If she'd known what he was up to, I'm sure she would have stopped him. 'More than anything, I am totally baffled as to why he felt the need to do this. He is a multi-millionaire.' Butler's wife is 'devastated' but is standing by him

Indeed, by any standards Butler was an extremely wealthy man. In addition to the £1 million family home in Reading, and the London flat, Bulter owned two other properties in Reading and a stunning £500,000 seaside home in the Cornish fishing village of Coverack. All of these properties were mortgage-free, and some of them were bought after he inherited his father's fortune to add to his own. Butler claimed almost £175,000 in expenses while working for the Healthcare Commission. Of that, £148,883 was to pay for his so-called locum, the rest was for travel and subsistence. He was actually paid £141,893 - an amount he will now have to pay back. Police believe the money was used to fund his secret London life away from his wife and their five children - Ruth, 35, John, 32, Kate, 31, Philip, 25, and Anthony, 20, who is still at university.

In London, he went by the name Chris Butler and used the internet alias 'Bikerman' - a reference, perhaps, to his passion for motorcycles. It was also from the flat that Butler ordered his drugs - some of them from an online pharmacy called Vital Chemistry. An Argentinean man named 'Mr Almaraz' was, for a period, sharing the flat with him. According to a neighbour: 'There was a foreign man living there with him. Sometimes I saw them together. Other times, this man stayed there on his own.' Other men also visited the flat. In one email to a male acquaintance, Butler signed off: 'We will have to hook up shortly and make some adjustments to the Mile End Pleasure Dome.'

Back at the family home in Reading, 61-year-old Mary had no idea of her husband's secret life until he was arrested on March 14 last year. And yet, as a pharmacist herself, she can have been in no doubt about the purpose of the drugs her husband had stashed away at the flat when she heard their names read out in court. Strangely, she had never been to the £150,000 property, which was in an 18th-century terrace, two doors down from a brothel on Mile End Road, even though she owned half of it herself. Astonishingly, despite being 'absolutely devastated', she appears to be standing by her husband. She told one acquaintance: 'He's been foolish for a short period, and it's undone all that good work. Why can't people see all the good work he has done?'

Kathrine Billing takes a somewhat different view of Butler's apparent acts of philanthropy. 'Charity was not something I knew Charles for - it's not in his nature,' she says. 'The Rotarians are about publicity for him: it was about being seen as a pillar of society. His charity begins where he is going to make money. He has his finger in many, many pies.' Once he has completed his jail sentence, it is unlikely that Butler's profile will be quite so public. This week, the Reading branch of the Rotary Club confirmed that they had accepted his resignation. A spokesman added that they were 'very shocked and saddened to learn of these events'.

Governors of the College of Pharmacy were holding an emergency summit to discuss Butler. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has yet to announce what disciplinary action they will take against him. But aside from the shame he has heaped upon himself, and his betrayal of his wife, it also emerged in court that Butler is suffering from an illness which, his defence barrister Mr Lynn claimed, 'he contracted while doing charitable work abroad in Kenya'. In mitigation, Mr Lynn claimed that Butler was at a 'critical moment in his course of treatment' and had also received psychiatric treatment. Butler also raised the issue of his illness to police when he was remanded in custody but refused to tell them exactly what it was. It is understood that Butler has only recently told his own children about the illness.

After his arrest, Butler also wrote to his children in a bid to explain his actions to them. Whether they can find it in their hearts to forgive him remains to be seen. In the weeks leading up to his court appearance, he abandoned his sordid London flat. For periods while he was on police bail, he travelled down to his stunning seaside home in Cornwall, where neighbours saw him sitting alone on the veranda, smoking and gazing out to sea. Three years ago, writing in his regular chairman's column in the newsletter of the College of Pharmacy Practice, he pondered: 'Rarely in this frenetic life is there time to pause and to take stock.' For the next three years, of course, Butler will have plenty of time to reflect on his crimes.

    BEIJING — Police shut down what would have been China's first gay pageant on Friday an hour before it was set to begin, highlighting the enduring sensitivity surrounding homosexuality.
    Perhaps people find it easier not to support the gay rights movement, to tell themselves that these individuals are somehow less deserving of equality under the law


    richard hart A former vicar has appeared in court accused of a series of sexual offences against children.

    Richard Hart, 60, of Beguildy, near Knighton, Powys, has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault offences. Dyfed-Powys Police said he appeared before magistrates in Llandrindod Wells last Thursday. No plea was entered. Mr Hart, who was priest-in-charge of four parishes in south Powys, will appear in court again on Thursday.

    Dyfed-Powys Police said: "A 60-year-old man has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault. "He appeared in Llandrindod Wells Magistrates' Court on 24 March 2010."

  • Welsh vicar Richard Hart was charged in 2008 over indecent images

    gay mafia Mothers and fathers disappear from birth certificate to allow homosexual couples to be named as parents

    The words 'mother' and 'father' are to disappear from birth certificates to allow homosexual couples to be named as 'parents' of surrogate children. The switch means the biological parents will no longer necessarily be identified on the certificates that provide a legal record of a child's birth. Birth certificates have recorded mothers and fathers since registration of babies was introduced more than 170 years ago.

    But to comply with a change in the law, around 200 special certificates a year will be authorised for same-sex couples who qualify under a new law as the legal parents of a child born through surrogacy or fertility treatment. The move has been questioned by fertility experts and lawyers, who believe it means birth records will be effectively falsified. In the case of two women who register as the parents of a child, there will be no record on the birth register of who the biological father is. Baroness Deech, a former head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, warned: 'It could even result in deception to exclude the natural father where the mother conceived naturally but uses this provision to cut him out of the child's life.' But gay pressure groups have welcomed the move.

    Ben Summerskill, of Stonewall, said: 'We are delighted that the reality of people's family lives in being recognised at last, that lesbian and gay couples no longer have to go through the unpleasantness of an adoption procedure. 'The law means that from next week, two men who have a child by a surrogate mother will be able to apply to a family court for an order making them the legal parents. The court will rule on whether they are fit to bring up the child. In this case an original birth certificate naming the mother will exist. But it will be replaced by a new document naming the two men as parents if a judge grants a parental order.

    A child will be able to trace the original birth certificate once he or she is 18 years old. Rules governing the issue of certificates have been strictly upheld since 1837, the year Queen Victoria came to the throne. Registrars must, for example, record entries on certificates in the same kind of ink developed in the 1830s to ensure it does not fade or be easily erased.

    Lady Deech, a senior family lawyer, said the rule allowing two parents of the same sex to appear on birth certificates gave her 'unease'. She said: 'There is an issue of principle here, which is the truth. 'It puts the demands of the adults ahead of the rights of children to know and benefit from both sides of their genetic makeup.'


    toilet spies This is an absolute breach of human rights just like the full body scanners at airports. Everyone has a right to privacy especially for their children and these New World Order perverts wont stop until the people rise up and take back control from the psychopaths now running the world for their own perverted and depraved ends.

    You can imagine my surprise after I paid my 50pence to use the public bathroom, walked in and found myself staring at not just one but three ceiling mounted video surveillance cameras. I had to get real close to their enclosures to convince myself that I wasn't seeing things. Not only was it really there, but it was a Pan-Tilt-Zoom model with a microphone to top it off. Must get some great noises coming from there. It has also been reported that London officials are now installing cameras with speakers to allow them to talk as well as see and listen. Perhaps its just me, but I had absolutely no idea that this was legal anywhere, let alone in downtown London, UK. Sure I knew that London has more cameras per square mile than any other country on the planet, but in bathrooms?! How are they getting away with that one? It is appalling!

    According to the London Assembly of Liberal Democrats, London has been outfitted with over 500,000 surveillance cameras. Other put the number much higher at 1.4million cameras but nobody is telling what the real number is. Another few 10,000 cameras have been installed in taxis and police cars as well. Sounds a bit big brother to me folks, downright scary in fact. Now it gets scarier when you consider that the vast majority of these camera feeds are not sent encrypted across the wire. This makes hacking these video feeds trivial, just a simple wire tap.

    Here's a scenario, I wake up, walk out of my hotel room and see a camera in the hallway watching me. I get into the elevator and look up to smile at the camera there, I walk through the lobby and out to the street. Along the way half a dozen cameras watched me walk less than 200ft. I get in my cab and the camera in there watches me all the way to my destination. I walk into the building followed by 4 cameras. I use the public restroom, 3 cameras watch me in there. I head up the elevator to my office on the 2nd floor and smile at the camera there. I walk down the hall to my office while under surveillance the whole way. I close my office glass door. Turns out the camera in the building has a vantage angle through my glass door and the outside camera on the opposite street corner pole has a clean shot into my office through the windows. I'm feeling a lot of love right now. So I logon to the internet and start surfing. Hmmm. Now I guess they are watching physical me and virtual me at the same time as they inspect the bits and bytes I send ripping around the network. Just in the last couple years, U.S. cities (like my hometown of Denver) have begun installing their own public video surveillance systems in a big way. Now I need to check and see if U.S. cities are also watching you in the public bathroom.

    The image is a shot I took in a London public bathroom. Notice the two cameras on the ceiling. Another one was behind me on the other wall facing towards these cameras. They had all of the angles covered that’s for sure. Don't want to miss any of the action.


    richard finch Newark - A music producer and co-founder of KC and the Sunshine Band responsible for such hits as "Shake Your Booty" and "Keep It Comin' Love" has acknowledged having sex with teenage boys, police said Wednesday.

    Richard R. Finch, 56, was arrested Tuesday after a boy told authorities he'd had sexual contact with him at Finch's home in Newark, the Licking County sheriff's office said. The boy made the revelation last week. Finch, while being interviewed at the sheriff's office, admitted he'd had sex with that boy and others ranging in age from 13 to 17, police said.

    Finch, a former bass player for the band and a seven-time Grammy Award winner, was being held at the sheriff's office on $250,000 bond. A message posted on the Web site of Richard Finch Productions Inc. said the allegations against the producer and song arranger were baseless. "We will let due process happen through the legal system," it said, "and through that, we are sure Mr. Finch will be vindicated from these unfounded allegations." No date had been set for Finch's arraignment, said Sgt. Kevin Biller, who wouldn't disclose the evidence that led to Finch's arrest or the possible charges against him. Finch started KC and the Sunshine Band in the 1970s with Harry "KC" Casey, who was a record company stockroom clerk when they met. Their collaboration produced a slew of disco and funk hits including "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "I'm Your Boogie Man."




    kevin jennings In a stunning move, President Barack Obama has nominated homosexual propagandist Kevin Jennings to be the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in charge of the “Safe and Drug-Free Schools” program. Aside from overseeing drug education programs, the term “safe” also means making public schools “safe” for alleged homosexual children; translated, this means Jennings’s position will be used to produce and disseminate pro-homosexual propaganda to America’s public schools.

    Granted, homosexual propaganda in our schools has become common place, but the appointment of Jennings ensures that for the first time ever, the Federal government will be funding and promoting homosexual propaganda on a large scale basis. This nomination makes clear that President Obama believes America’s public school children should be exposed to deviant sexual lifestyles having nothing to do with academics. Who is Jennings? He’s the founder and, until recently, the President of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the nation’s leading homosexual pressure group working to insert homosexual propaganda into America’s public schools. GLSEN’s budget is in the millions and they are the driving force behind the formation of over 4000 homosexual clubs on our colleges, high schools and even middle schools. Most of these clubs were formed by homosexual faculty members trained by GLSEN. But this appointment shouldn’t surprise anyone. Obama has supported the homosexual agenda his entire political career. Indeed, within 24 hours of winning the presidency, his website posted the most aggressive pro-homosexual agenda of any president in American history. Obama supports “hate crimes” legislation, which criminalizes even thoughts in opposition to homosexuality; he supports massively increasing funding for AIDS “prevention” programs, despite the fraud and abuse rampant in such programs today. He supports repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals in the military.

    He favors quotas for homosexuals in federal hiring; he wants to force businesses with government contracts to hire homosexuals; he promised homosexual leaders he will use the bully pulpit to force adoption agencies to adopt children out to homosexuals. He wants to grant health benefits to the partners of homosexual government workers, costing taxpayers billions of dollars. He even wants to create a new category of federally protected sexual deviancy called “gender identity” — a another name for transsexuals — which means that Federal and state government entities – including public schools – could not refuse to hire transsexuals. Obama misled voters during the campaign when he claimed to oppose homosexual marriage when in fact he secretly promised homosexual leaders he will abolish what he termed the “abhorrent” federal DOMA law, an action which clears the way for states to legalize homosexual marriage. Obama even claims the Bible – specifically the Sermon on the Mount – legitimitizes homosexual unions! There is little doubt that Obama will go down in history as the most pro-homosexual president in American history and perhaps one of the most pro-homosexual leaders in the Western World. The homosexual community was so excited about Obama’s election that during the inaugural weekend, a leading S & M homosexual group – among the sickest people alive – reserved a large room at the Doubletree Hotel in Washington DC, for a massive orgy involving hundreds of perverts, at which activities were planned that were so vile they cannot even be repeated here.


    TWO sex club Scots known in Thailand as the MacMafia have failed to jail a journalist who revealed the mysterious death of their business partner. Now reporter Andrew Drummond is delivering a dossier to the Thai prime minister revealing his investigation into James Lumsden, 59, from Falkirk, and Gordon May, 67, from Edinburgh, who are involved in Pattaya's "Boyz Town" sex industry. The newsman had probed Lumsden and May's business in a series of Sunday Mail investigations. He told how, in April 1990, their business partner Iain Macdonald, 28, from Inverness, died in a Thai hotel fire.

    One month before his death, he had bequeathed his 50 per cent share in May and Lumsden's Boyz Boyz Boyz club and the Ambiance Hotel - worth £250,000 - to May's boyfriend, a Thai go-go dancer. A second businessman, Kevin Quill, 39, from Yorkshire, also invested money with Lumsden and May but was jailed for sixyears for drug possession in 2000, despite a senior Thai police officer saying he had been framed. Three judges last week cleared Drummond, who faced being thrown into prison if he had lost the gruelling nine-year battle. The judges ruled: "The defendant was doing his job as a journalist, making facts public for foreigners doing business in Thailand. "There is nothing defamatory in what he wrote."

    Lumsden - who's drag stage name is Madame Jim - and May have been active since 1989 in an area of Pattaya called Boyz Town. Drummond, 58, said: "The Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will know exactly what I am talking about. He has already taken progressive steps against corruption." A year after opening Boyz Boyz Boyz with £250,000, Lumsden and May invited Macdonald, the son of a former provost of Inverness, to invest another £250,000 in their business. But when he mysteriously died, Drummond found he had made a will only a month earlier, leaving all his Thai investments to a man called Supan Kampanya.

    Drummond said: "I tracked the Thai man down. He was unhappy and scared of the influence of Gordon May. "He had previously been a gay go-go dancer at Boyz Boyz Boyz and was May's boyfriend. He said all he got was 5000 baht - about £100. "I am, of course, very pleased. But this is small consolation for the families of lain Macdonald or Kevin Quill. Their lives have been devastated." Marwaan Macan-Markar, president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, said: "We welcome this court ruling in favour of Andrew Drummond, particularly since the alleged libels involved were criminal offences under existing Thai law. "The verdicts demonstrate a fundamental respect for investigative reporting in the public interest. This is a good day for journalism and the law in Thailand."


    colm o'gorman 'I was a victim of abuse. This is what the Pope must do to stop it'
    By Colm O'Gorman

    It was not being raped by a priest at the age of 14 that shattered my faith; it was the horrifying realisation that the Catholic Church had wilfully, knowingly abandoned me to it, the knowledge that they had ordained the priest who abused me despite knowing he was a paedophile and set him free to abuse with near impunity, ignoring all complaints. And so it is difficult not to be cynical about the likely merit of the pastoral letter that Pope Benedict XVI will publish today. For a start the letter is intended for the "Irish faithful". The Pope will write not to those who have left or fled his Church traumatised or outraged by acts of depravity and cover-up, but to those who somehow hold faith despite it.

    For my part I know what fractured my faith in the institutions of the Roman Catholic Church. I was a faithful Catholic, born into a society where to be Irish meant being Catholic. As a child, I knelt with my family in the evenings to say the rosary and I became an altar boy, finding great meaning as a child in the idea of serving the God my elders spoke of. My faith mattered to me; it had come to me across the generations and gave me a powerful sense of myself and my place in the world. That faith was strong enough not to be shattered by the abuse. Father Sean Fortune used my fidelity to lure me to his rural parish and sexually assault me. But my faith was so strong, and my need to believe in the goodness of the Church and its priests so powerful, that I blamed myself for his crimes, turning my hatred of the act of his abuse inwards where, for decades, it poisoned my sense of myself. My faith in myself was gone, but not my faith in my church. Over the years I drifted from regular Mass attendance, but I still held the Church in esteem – until that painful realisation of the extent of the cover-up, of my abuse and that of countless others. If today's letter is to represent a real and meaningful change in how the Vatican deals with abuse, it will have to be a radical departure from previous papal statements.

    Firstly, it must not make any attempt to blame anyone else for Church failures. Pope Benedict must not suggest the revelations of clerical crime and cover-up are part of a global media conspiracy as he has previously done. He must not seek to blame the decadence of Western society, the sexual revolution, gays, secularisation or even the Devil, as senior church leaders have asserted over the years. He must also move beyond bland statements expressing his shock and dismay at the revelations of recent years. As head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, he was the man charged with the management of cases of child sexual abuse on a global scale for more than two decades. He, more than anyone, knows about the scale of abuse across the Catholic Church. He must not patronise us by telling us what any person with basic reason knows, that child abuse is a "heinous crime". He must not express his regret at the actions of some, or a few, or even many priests. Neither he, nor his institution, can be held responsible for the actions of any individual priest, which has never been the charge levelled against him.

    He must end the denial and deceit typified by his constant refusal to properly engage with the charge of cover-up, never mind admit it. In the face of findings of fact in Ireland, the US, Australia and Canada which have detailed the institutional corruption at the heart of these scandals, to do otherwise would be to continue to cover up by a wilful denial to address the issue. He must take responsibility for the cover-up, and apologise for it. As supreme head of the Catholic Church he must use his power to enforce proper child protection across the global Church. He must also make it clear that those who fail to act to protect children will be properly held to account. When I was a child I was taught truth and justice mattered. I was taught that I should have the courage to take responsibility for any wrong that I might do others. I was taught that the first step in doing so was to confess my failings. I expect no less from the head of the Church that preached those values to me.

    The writer campaigns for justice for clerical sexual abuse victims and is the author of 'Beyond Belief', the story of the boy who sued the Pope.

  • The Catholic church failed me. I despised myself and lost all confidence
  • http://www.colmogorman.com
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    yury luzhkov Yury Luzhkov, Mayor of Moscow, told a conference on Monday that he would not allow a gay rights parade in the city and any unsanctioned efforts would face police power.
    "A gay parade... cannot be called anything but a Satanic act," said Luzhkov at an education conference, according to reports from AFP. "We haven't permitted such a parade and we won't permit it in the future... It's high time that we stop propagating nonsense discussions about human rights, and bring to bear on them the full force and justice of the law." Organizers have confirmed that they still plan on holding the parade on May 29 despite Luzhkov's objections.

    "It's the same old medieval homophobic rhetoric," Gay Rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev told Reuters, adding that the Gay Rights movement were looking to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to support their position that a ban on the marches is illegal. Luzhkov has become well known for his opposition to the gay rights movement in Moscow - having previously branded the parades "satanic" in 2007. The city's Orthodox Church and far right groups have also vowed to disrupt any parades.

    The European Court of Human Rights is run by CORRUPT STATE JUDGES and only protects homosexuals, serial criminals, perverts, deviants and masons. We have exposed the ECHR for failing to use JURIES on decisions regarding human rights not judicial lackeys for the state. The world has been FOOLED into believing that a bunch of deviant judges can decide on human rights NOT MAKING A MOCKERY of them. Liar Tony Blair, also a lawyer, helped set up ECHR so no one should be surprised that they have failed the vast majority of the general public.

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    gay army The head of the US Marines said on Thursday he opposed ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, the first top officer to break openly with President Barack Obama over the issue. General James Conway told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he disagreed with Obama's plan to repeal the ban. "My best military advice to this committee, to the (defense) secretary, and to the president would be to keep the law such as it is." Conway said the current policy worked and any bid to lift the ban should answer the question: "do we somehow enhance the war fighting capabilities of the United States Marine Corps by allowing homosexuals to openly serve?"

    Conway's public rejection of his commander-in-chief's stance is sure to fuel debate in Congress on the issue and reflects apprehension among some senior military officers about changing the 1993 law. The chiefs of the US Army and Air Force also expressed doubts about lifting the ban at congressional hearings this week, saying they were concerned about putting the military under further strain in the midst of two wars. But Conway went further, making it clear he opposed lifting the ban that requires gay service members to keep quiet about their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

    His comments contrasted sharply with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who has spoken forcefully in favor of ending the ban. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called for a review of the issue to survey service members and examine the possible effect of changing the law, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Senator Joe Lieberman disagreed with Conway, saying he believed the review would show that allowing gays to serve openly would bolster the military's battle readiness.

    "This has to pass the test of military readiness. I believe it will based on my knowledge of what's happened in other militaries," he said, citing British and Canadian forces who serve alongside American troops in Afghanistan.


    Sir Elton John has claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man" in an interview with a US magazine.

    The singer also told Parade Jesus was "compassionate", forgiving and "understood human problems". A spokesman for the Church of England said: "Sir Elton's reflection that Jesus calls us all to love and forgive is one shared by all Christians." "But insights into aspects of the historic person of Jesus are perhaps best left to the academics," he added.

    Sir Elton said in the interview: "On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. "I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead," he added. In the interview, the singer also said he did not like being a celebrity any more because "fame attracts lunatics".

    "Princess Diana, Gianni Versace, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, all dead. Two of them shot outside their houses. None of this would have happened if they hadn't been famous. I never had a bodyguard, ever, until Gianni died," he said. The full interview will be published on Parade's website on Friday.


    AN EXPLICIT website promoting gay sex in public places used by children and young families has sparked outrage in Bournemouth and Poole.

    It recommends more than 50 locations in the two towns. And far from the seedy image of grubby public toilets, many of the locations are in well-known leisure centres and attractions used by families and young children. The website was brought to the Echo’s attention by the father of a 15-year-old boy who was propositioned when he went to the toilet at Richmond Hill car park in Bournemouth. The boy, who does not want to be named, was asked if he was a member of the website involved.

    His dad told the Echo: “When I looked into this I was completely mortified – it lists places where men hook up to engage in sexual acts in public.” Meanwhile police say there is nothing they can do about the site because it is hosted from abroad. The Daily Echo can reveal that changing rooms at Bournemouth’s Littledown Centre, the toilets at the former UCI at Tower Park, Fitness First in Poole and the FitSpace gym in Bournemouth are all recommended for liaisons.

    Other shocking locations include Asda in Bournemouth, the Castlepoint shopping centre, Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole College. Dozens of public toilets are also listed, many near children’s play areas and beaches. The Echo has decided not to name the website involved but has looked at the site, which gives detailed information on each of the locations and pictures of many. Visitors to the site can see each place ranked out of five and get detailed directions and advice such as the best times to meet and how to avoid getting caught.

    Information on the Littledown recommends cubicles in the swimming pool changing rooms and warns against using the dry changing rooms because of the risk of being caught. The dad of the 15-year -old said: “We owe it to our town to make it a safe place for everyone.” Cllr Claire Smith has now called for the website to be closed down and urged parents to be on their guard.

    “This is absolutely disgusting, particularly as it names toilets to meet in where there are young families around. “To have this degrading use of the facilities is extremely worrying.” She added: “We should have confidence that we can use public toilets perfectly safely. Children often use changing rooms on their own because little boys can’t go into the ladies’ changing rooms with their mums forever.” Cllr Smith, who used to be cabinet member for children and families on Bournemouth Council, added: “I would also like to warn anyone tempted to use these sites that they could end up propositioning a child and that is paedophilia – they will lose their homes, families and jobs.”

    Each of the so-called “cruising listings” on the site has been visited by thousands of people. An open area at Southbourne Cliffs has had a staggering 101,000 views, there have been 65,700 for Meyrick Park, 76,000 for Avon Heath Country Park and 10,500 for the Littledown Centre.


    darren goode The convicted sex offender moved to Cumbria in July 2007.

    A 39-year-old man from Cumbria has been jailed for four years after using his dog to help groom children. Darren Goode, of Marsh Street, Barrow, appeared at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to 12 sexual offences against boys under the age of 16. Cumbria police, who had Goode under observation, said he had made a shelter at Barrow docks to watch children play and had bought a husky dog as a "lure". Goode, originally from Birkenhead, moved to Cumbria in July 2007.

    The convicted sex offender appeared at court on Thursday after admitting seven charges of sexual touching of boys under 13 and five charges of sexually grooming boys under the age of 16. Senior investigating officer Det Insp Geoff Huddleston said Goode was a "sexual predator of children" and had been strictly monitored since he moved from the Merseyside area in 2007. He added: "As soon as we pieced together an evidential picture of what he was trying to do, he was quickly arrested and brought into custody before he had opportunity to commit further offences."



    gay mafia A PAEDOPHILE who volunteered as a church youth worker so he could sexually abuse young boys was jailed for 12 years yesterday.

    Owen Baxter, 23, who gained the trust of parents through the church, baby-sat the youngsters so he could photograph himself abusing them before posting images online. Baxter, of Redland, Bristol, had pleaded guilty to 23 charges at the city’s Crown Court, including making more than 8,000 indecent photographs and videos of children and distributing 3,000 images and videos of children via the internet.

    He also admitted sexually assaulting and taking indecent images of four boys aged between four and 12. Parents had wept in the public gallery when the list of charges was first read out. Outside court, the mother of one abused boy said that she had been “taken in” by Baxter. “Owen befriended us in order to get to our son, and it doesn’t get much worse than that.”


    gay army An estimated 66,000 gay, lesbian and bisexual people are serving in the U.S. military, roughly 2 percent of all military personnel, according to a report released Tuesday by a gay rights policy center. The figures suggest a slight increase in the number of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the military, and they provide opponents of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with fresh data as they lobby the Obama administration for its repeal.

    Gays, lesbians and bisexuals account for approximately 13,000 active duty service members, equal to less than 1 percent currently deployed, the report estimated. About 53,000 others serve in the National Guard and reserves, equaling about 3.4 percent. The actual number of gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving in uniform is unknown; the military does not track such figures. The research brief was released by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a public policy institute that studies sexual orientation law. Its authors used a variety of statistical methods to arrive at the estimate, drawing in part on the Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey and the 2000 Census, in which some people identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual and as serving in the military. A similar 2004 study, widely quoted by gay rights advocates and supportive lawmakers, estimated that roughly 65,000 homosexuals were serving in the military.

    Though President Obama’s top domestic policy aides insist that the president is committed to an equality agenda for gays and lesbians, many liberal and gay rights groups are unhappy that the administration has thus far failed to act on Obama’s campaign pledge to end “don’t ask, don’t tell.” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that the issue has been “a point of discussion” among top White House aides. Gibbs declined to say whether Obama will mention his support for a repeal in his State of the Union address Wednesday.

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    bbc homosexual A seemingly well meaning poll aimed at raising awareness of a proposed Ugandan law that would subject gay men and women to execution found itself in the middle of reader ire after its wording raised questions about the underlying premise of the poll.

    Posted on a BBC talkboard, the poll question read, ""Yes, we accept it is a stark and disturbing question, but this is the reality behind an anti-homosexuality bill being debated on Friday by the Ugandan parliament which would see some homosexual offences punishable by death. Has Uganda gone too far? Should there be any level of legislation against homosexuality? Should homosexuals be protected by legislation as they are in South Africa? What would be the consequences of this bill to you? How will homosexual 'offences' be monitored?" Reader responses included the expected commendations of the anti-gay law -- comments moderated by the BBC. "Totally agree," replied one commenter, who drew 51 votes of support. "Ought to be imposed in the UK too, asap. Bring back some respectable family values. Why do we have to suffer 'gay pride' festivals? Would I be allowed to organise a 'straight pride' festival? No, thought as much!! If homosexuality is natural, as we are forced to believe, how can they sustain the species? I suggest all gays are put on a remote island somewhere and left for a generation - after which, theoretically there should be none left!"

    "Bravo to the Ugandans for this wise decision, a bright step in eliminating this menace from your society. We hope other African nations will also follow your bold step." Some readers expressed their shock at the question.

    "I feel like I have just stepped in to a demonic parallel universe?" one stunned reader wrote. "Should homosexuals be executed??? And people are actually debating it!" Added one more, "'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.' Eve was the one who took the forbidden fruit. Perhaps if it was Adam and Steve we'd all still be in the Garden of Eden, but drinking Cosmopolitans, wearing fine designer labels, listening to uber trendy house music and being nothing less than 'Fabulous, dahling!'"

    By the time the BBC aired the program, the question had been changed to, "Should Uganda debate gay execution?" The debate online is now closed and reflects the updated, tamer, question.





    james rennie The mother of a six-year-old boy who was subjected to what a judge described as “truly appalling” abuse from a man she had regarded as a close friend said yesterday that her child had been “shaped and moulded” for life by the experience.

    Welcoming the life sentences passed on James Rennie and Neil Strachan, the woman said that she had moved on from feelings of anger. “My focus is about my son, about how to support him and loving him for who he is. And who he is now has been shaped and moulded by what’s gone on.” Rennie 38, the former chief executive of a gay youth organisation, was responsible for “a colossal breach of trust”, Lord Bannatyne said at the High Court in Edinburgh. He had abused the boy — identified as Child F — almost from birth to the age of four years. He distributed images and films of his attacks to a gang of seven other men.

    Strachan, 41, the only one of the gang with previous convictions for offences against children, was shown in background reports to display evidence of a psychopathic personality. One image that showed him abusing a baby left in his care displayed all his basest instincts, the judge said. “By its very nature what is shown in that photograph is utterly appalling and would shock to the core any right-minded person who has had to see it.” Strachan was ordered to spend a minimum of 16 years in prison, while Rennie was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years.

    Nearly 125,000 indecent images were seized during an 18-month police investigation, codenamed Operation Algebra. Six men were jailed in June for their involvement in the gang. All were respected members of the community, as was Rennie, and they included a civil servant, a bank clerk and a church bell-ringer. The nine-week trial in the spring invoked conspiracy laws for the first time in a sexual offences case in Scotland, a precedent that prosecutors hope will have a profound effect on curtailing the making and distribution of images of child abuse by paedophiles.

    “These offences involve real children and many of the photographs involve children being sexually abused, often in the most appalling ways. There are real victims of these offences, namely the children who were photographed and abused,” Lord Bannatyne said. The judge reserved special praise for Detective Inspector Stuart Hood and the squad of 13 detectives who uncovered the gang. Their investigations required an international operation that stretched from Lothian and Borders police headquarters at Fettes in Edinburgh and drew on the skills of Scottish and American academics, FBI agents and Microsoft personnel in San Jose, California.

    As a direct result of Operation Algebra more than 60 individuals have been arrested in Britain, and according to police hundreds of offenders are believed to have been identified in Britain and around the world. Significant operations are continuing in central Scotland, Sussex, the Netherlands and the United States. Strachan, convicted of eight charges in total, was also found guilty of repeatedly touching a six-year-old boy indecently. The jury found Rennie guilty of 14 charges, including one of procuring his best friend’s child for other men, an offer that Strachan took up. The men — along with Ross Webber, 27, from North Berwick, Craig Boath, 24 from Dundee and John Milligan, 40, from Glasgow — were also found guilty of conspiring to gain access to a child or children to commit abuse.

    After sentencing the mother of an 18-month-old boy abused by Strachan said that she would never be able to forgive him. “The anguish I feel towards Mr Strachan is indescribable,” she said. “I feel that no matter what punishment is given to Mr Strachan, it will never be able to compensate for the hurt, devastation and great deal of stress brought to me and my family.” Webber, Boath, and Milligan, along with Neil Campbell, 46, and John Murphy, 44, both from Glasgow, were sentenced to a total of 43 years in jail in June for their involvement in the paedophile ring.

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    pink swastika With Roehm's backing, Hitler became the first president of the party in 1921 (ibid.:21) and changed its name to the National Socialist German Worker's Party. Soon after, Rossbach's Storm Troopers, the SA, became its military arm. In his classic Nazi history, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, author William Shirer describes Roehm as "a stocky, bull-necked, piggish-eyed, scar- faced professional soldier...[and] like so many of the early Nazis, a homosexual"

    Betraying his roots in the "Butch" faction of the German "gay rights" movement, Roehm viewed homosexuality as the basis for a new society. Louis Snyder writes that Roehm "projected a social order in which homosexuality would be regarded as a human behavior pattern of high repute...he flaunted his homosexuality in public and insisted that his cronies do the same. What was needed, Roehm believed, was a proud and arrogant lot who could brawl, carouse, smash windows, kill and slaughter for the hell of it. Straights, in his eyes, were not as adept in such behavior as practicing homosexuals" (Snyder:55). "The principle function of this army-like organization," writes historian Thomas Fuchs, "was beating up anyone who opposed the Nazis, and Hitler believed this was a job best undertaken by homosexuals" (Fuchs:48f). The Pink Swastika by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams.

    The Community of the Special (CS) asserted that male homosexuality was the foundation of all nation-states and that male homosexuals represented an elite strata of human society. The CS fashioned itself as a modern incarnation of the warrior cults of ancient Greece. Modeling themselves after the military heroes of Sparta, Thebes and Crete, the members of the CS were ultra-masculine, male-supremacist and pederastic (devoted to man/boy sex). One of the keys to understanding both the rise of Nazism and the later persecution of some homosexuals by the Nazis is found in this early history of the German "gay rights" movement. For it was the CS which created and shaped what would become the Nazi persona, and it was the loathing which these "Butches" held for effeminate homosexuals ("Femmes") which led to the internment of some of the latter in slave labor camps in the Third Reich.

    The "Butch" homosexuals of the CS transformed Germany. Their primary vehicle was the German youth movement, known as the Wandervogel (Rovers or Wandering Youth). ....Rising spontaneously in the 1890s as an informal hiking and camping society, the Wandervogel became an official organization at the turn of the century, similar to the Boy Scouts. From early on, however, the Wandervogel was dominated and controlled by the pederasts of the CS. CS co-founder Wilhelm Janzen was its chief benefactor, and its leadership was rife with homosexuality. In 1912, CS theorist Hans Blueher wrote The German Wandervogel Movement as an Erotic Phenomenon which told how the organization was used to recruit young boys into homosexuality. ....During World War I, the greatest hero of the German youth movement was Gerhard Rossbach. Described by historian Robert G. L. Waite as a "sadist, murderer and homosexual," Rossbach was "the most important single contributor of the pre-Hitler youth movement" (Waite,1969:210). More importantly, Rossbach was the bridge between the Wandervogel and the Nazi Party. ....Rossbach's adjutant was Edmund Heines, noted for his ability to procure boys for sexual orgies. Ernst Roehm, recruited by Rossbach into homosexuality, later commanded the Storm Troopers for the Nazis, where they were more commonly known as the SA (an acronym for Sturmabteilung).

    While Adolf Hitler is today recognized as the central figure of Nazism, he was a less important player when the Nazi machine was first assembled. Its first leader was Ernst Roehm. Homosexual historian Frank Rector writes that "Hitler was, to a substantial extent, Roehm's proteg?" (Rector:80). Roehm had been a captain in the German army. Hitler had been a mere corporal. After World War I, Roehm was highly placed in the underground nationalist movement that plotted to overthrow the Weimar government and worked to subvert it through assassinations and terrorism. In The Order of the Death's Head, author Heinz Hohne writes that Roehm met Hitler at a meeting of a socialist terrorist group called the Iron Fist and "saw in Hitler the demagogue he required to mobilize mass support for his secret army" (Hohne:20). Roehm, who had joined the German Worker's Party before Hitler, worked with him to take over the fledgling organization. With Roehm's backing, Hitler became the first president of the party in 1921 (ibid.:21) and changed its name to the National Socialist German Worker's Party. Soon after, Rossbach's Storm Troopers, the SA, became its military arm. In his classic Nazi history, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, author William Shirer describes Roehm as "a stocky, bull-necked, piggish-eyed, scar- faced professional soldier...[and] like so many of the early Nazis, a homosexual" Betraying his roots in the "Butch" faction of the German "gay rights" movement, Roehm viewed homosexuality as the basis for a new society. Louis Snyder writes that Roehm "projected a social order in which homosexuality would be regarded as a human behavior pattern of high repute...he flaunted his homosexuality in public and insisted that his cronies do the same. The favorite meeting place of the SA was a "gay" bar in Munich called the Bratwurstglockl where Roehm kept a reserved table (Hohne:82). This was the same tavern where some of the earliest formative meetings of the Nazi Party had been held (Rector:69). At the Bratwurstglockl, Roehm and associates-Edmund Heines, Karl Ernst, Ernst's partner Captain Rohrbein, Captain Petersdorf, Count Ernst Helldorf and the rest-would meet to plan and strategize. These were the men who orchestrated the Nazi campaign of intimidation and terror. All of them were homosexual

    Indeed, homosexuality was all that qualified many of these men for their positions in the SA. Heinrich Himmler would later complain of this: "Does it not constitute a danger to the Nazi movement if it can be said that Nazi leaders are chosen for sexual reasons?" (Gallo:57). Himmler was not so much opposed to homosexuality itself as to the fact that non- qualified people were given high rank based on their homosexual relations with Roehm and others. For example, SA Obergruppenfuhrer (Lieutenant General) Karl Ernst, a militant homosexual, had been a hotel doorman and a waiter before joining the SA. "Karl Ernst is not yet 35," writes Gallo, "he commands 250,000 men...he is simply a sadist, a common thug, transformed into a responsible official" (ibid.:50f). This strange brand of nepotism was a hallmark of the SA. By 1933 the SA had grown far larger than the German army, yet the Vikingkorps (Officers' Corps) remained almost exclusively homosexual. "Roehm, as the head of 2,500,000 Storm Troops," writes historian H.R. Knickerbocker, "had surrounded himself with a staff of perverts. His chiefs, men of rank of Gruppenfuhrer or Obergruppenfuhrer, commanding units of several hundred thousand Storm Troopers, were almost without exception homosexuals. Indeed, unless a Storm Troop officer were homosexual he had no chance of advancement" (Knickerbocker:55).................For a monthly salary of 200 marks he kept Roehm supplied with new friends, his main hunting ground being Geisela High School Munich; from this school he recruited no fewer than eleven boys, whom he first tried out and then took to Roehm" (Hohne:82). In 1945 a Jewish historian by the name of Samuel Igra published Germany's National Vice, which called homosexuality the "poisoned stream" that ran through the heart of Nazism. (In the 1920s and 30s, homosexuality was known as "the German vice" across Europe because of the debaucheries of the Weimar period.) Igra, who escaped Germany in 1939, claims that Hitler "had been a male prostitute in Vienna at the time of his sojourn there, from 1907 to 1912, and that he practiced the same calling in Munich from 1912 to 1914" (Igra:67). Desmond Seward, in Napoleon and Hitler, says Hitler is listed as a homosexual in Viennese police records

    Hitler and homosexuality

    In 1945 a Jewish historian by the name of Samuel Igra published Germany's National Vice, which called homosexuality the "poisoned stream" that ran through the heart of Nazism. (In the 1920s and 30s, homosexuality was known as "the German vice" across Europe because of the debaucheries of the Weimar period.) Igra, who escaped Germany in 1939, claims that Hitler "had been a male prostitute in Vienna at the time of his sojourn there, from 1907 to 1912, and that he practiced the same calling in Munich from 1912 to 1914" (Igra:67). Desmond Seward, in Napoleon and Hitler, says Hitler is listed as a homosexual in Viennese police records Langer, a psychiatrist, was commissioned by the Allies in 1943 to prepare a thorough psychological study of Hitler. His report, kept under wraps for 29 years, was published in book form in 1972 as The Mind of Adolf Hitler. Langer writes that Hitler was certainly a coprophile (a person who is sexually aroused by human excrement) and may have practiced homosexuality as an adult. He cites the testimony of Hermann Rauschning, a former Hitler confidante who "reports that he has met two boys who claimed that they were Hitler's homosexual partners, but their testimony can hardly be taken at face value. More condemning," adds Langer, "would be the remarks dropped by [Albert] Foerster, the Danzig gauleiter, in conversation with Rauschning. Even here, however, the remarks deal only with Hitler's impotence as far as heterosexual relationships go, without actually implying that he indulges in homosexuality. It is probably true that Hitler calls Foerster 'Bubi,' which is a common nickname employed by homosexuals in addressing their partners. This alone is not adequate proof that he has actually indulged in homosexual practices with Foerster, who is known to be a homosexual" (Langer:178). However, writes Langer, "Even today, Hitler derives sexual pleasure from looking at men's bodies and associating with homosexuals" (Langer:179). Too, Hitler's greatest hero was Frederick the Great, a well-known homosexual (Garde:44). Hitler, if homosexual, was certainly not exclusively so. There are at least four women, including his own niece, with whom Hitler had sexual relationships, although these relationships were not normal. Both Waite and Langer suggest that his sexual encounters with women included expressions of his coprophilic perversion as well as other extremely degrading forms of masochism. It is interesting to note that all four women attempted suicide after becoming sexually involved with Hitler. Two succeeded (Langer:175f).

    Reportedly, Hitler Youth leader, Baldur von Schirach was bisexual; Hitler's private attorney, Reich Legal Director, Minister of Justice, butcher Governor- General of Poland, and public gay-hater Hans Frank was said to be a homosexual; Hitler's adjutant Wilhelm Bruckner was said to be bisexual;...Walter Funk, Reich Minister of Economics [and Hitler's personal financial advisor] has frequently been called a "notorious" homosexual ...or as a jealous predecessor in Funk's post, Hjalmar Schacht, contemptuously claimed, Funk was a "harmless homosexual and alcoholic;" ...[Hitler's second in command] Hermann Goering liked to dress up in drag and wear campy make-up; and so on and so forth Igra, who confidently asserts that the above men were homosexuals, cites still other Hitler aides and close friends who were known homosexuals as well. He states that Hitler's chauffeur and one-time personal secretary, Emile Maurice, for example, was homosexual, as well as the pornographer Julius Streicher, who "was originally a school teacher, but was dismissed by the Nuremberg School Authorities, following numerous charges of pederasty brought against him" (Igra:72f). SS Chief Heinrich Himmler's "pederastic proclivities [were] captured on film" by Nazi filmmaker Walter Frenz (Washington City Paper, April 4, 1995). Reinhard Heydrich, mastermind of the first pogrom, Kristallnacht, and of the death camps, was homosexual (Calic:64). In The Twelve Year Reich, Richard Grunberger tells of a party given by Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, which degenerated into a homosexual orgy (Grunberger:70). A recent biography of Albert Speer by Gitta Sereny speaks of a "homo-erotic (not sexual) relationship" between Speer and Hitler (Newsweek, Oct. 30, 1995). Langer notes that Hitler's personal bodyguards were "almost always 100 percent homosexuals" (Langer:179). Hitler's later public pronouncements against homosexuality never quite fit with the lifelong intimacy-sexual or otherwise-which he maintained with men he knew and accepted as homosexuals. In February of 1933, Hitler banned pornography, ho-mosexual bars and bath-houses, and groups which promoted "gay rights" (Plant:50). Ostensibly, this decree was a blanket condemnation of all homosexual activity in Germany, but in practice it served as just another means to find and destroy anti-Nazi groups and individuals. "Hitler," admit Oosterhuis and Kennedy, "employed the charge of homosexuality primarily as a means to eliminate political opponents, both inside his party and out" (Oosterhuis and Kennedy: 248).

    This new law provided the Nazis with an especially potent legal weapon against their enemies. It will never be known how many non-homosexuals were charged under this law, but it is indisputable that the Nazis used false accusations of homosexuality to justify the detainment and imprisonment of many of their opponents. "The law was so loosely formulated," writes Steakley, "that it could be, and was, applied against heterosexuals that the Nazis wanted to eliminate...the law was also used repeatedly against Catholic clergymen" (Steakley:111). Kogon writes that "The Gestapo readily had recourse to the charge of homosexuality if it was unable to find any pretext for proceeding against Catholic priests or irksome critics" (Kogon:44). The charge of homosexuality was convenient for the Nazis to use against their political enemies because it was so difficult to defend against and so easy to justify to the populace. Since long before the Nazis, homosexuals had generally lived clandestine lives, so it was not unusual for revelations of their conduct to come as a surprise to their communities when it became a police matter. This is not to say that actual homosexuals were not prosecuted under the law. Many were. But the law was used selectively against the "Femmes." And even when they were threatened, many effeminate homosexuals, especially those in the arts community, were given protection by certain Nazi leaders (Oosterhuis and Kennedy:248). There is one additional reason why the Nazis arrested homosexuals and raided even the homes of their supporters. They were looking for incriminating evidence against themselves (the Nazi leaders). Blackmail of homosexuals by estranged partners and prostitutes was a simple fact of life in Germany. "[H]omosexuals were particularly vulnerable to blackmailers, known as Chanteure on the homosexual scene," write Burleigh and Wippermann. "Blackmail, and the threat of public exposure, resulted in frequent suicides or suicide attempts" (Burleigh and Wipperman:184). The Nazi leaders were quite familiar with this phenomenon. Igra reports that Heinrich Hoffman, the official Nazi photographer, gained his position by using information about Hitler's perverse abuse of his (Hoffman's) daughter to blackmail the future Fuehrer (Igra:74). Heiden relates another story in which Hitler bought an entire collection of rare political writings to regain possession of a letter to his niece in which he openly revealed his "masochistic- coprophil inclinations" (Heiden:385). Once he was in power he had other ways to solve these kinds of problems.

    Heinrich Hoffman, the official Nazi photographer, gained his position by using information about Hitler's perverse abuse of his (Hoffman's) daughter to blackmail the future Fuehrer (Igra:74). Heiden relates another story in which Hitler bought an entire collection of rare political writings to regain possession of a letter to his niece in which he openly revealed his "masochistic- coprophil inclinations" (Heiden:385). Once he was in power he had other ways to solve these kinds of problems. It would be against medical principles to provide a list of the Nazi leaders and their perversions [but]...not ten percent of the men who, in 1933, took the fate of Germany into their hands, were sexually normal...Many of these personages were known to us directly through consultations; we heard about others from their comrades in the party...and of others we saw the tragic results....Our knowledge of such intimate secrets regarding members of the Nazi Party and other documentary material-we possessed about forty thousand confessions and biographical letters-was the cause of the complete and utter destruction of the Institute of Sexology (Haberle:369). The materials taken from the Institute were burned in a public ceremony, captured on film, on May 10th. The spectacular and oft replayed newsreel footage of this event has caused the burning of books to become synonymous with Nazism. What information went up in smoke on that day will never be known, but we can infer that the pile of burning paper contained many Nazi secrets. According to homosexual sources at the time, the Nazis destroyed twelve thousand books and thirty-five thousand photographs. The building itself was confiscated from the SHC and turned over to the Nazi Association of Jurists and Lawyers (Steakley:105).

    Igra goes on to point out that not only did the majority of the SA homosexuals survive the purge, but that the massacre was largely implemented by homosexuals. He cites Strasser's statement that "the Chief Killers of Munich [were] Wagner, Esser, Maurice, Weber and Buch." These men "were all known to be sex perverts or sexual maniacs of one type or another," concludes Igra (ibid.:80). Plant records that the larger campaign of assassinations across Germany was orchestrated by Reinhard Heydrich, also a well-known homosexual (Plant:56). many of the guards and administrators responsible for the infamous concentration camp atrocities were homosexuals themselves, which negates the proposition that homosexuals in general were being persecuted and interned. While any prisoner could be chosen as a Kapo (a slave overseer), none of the other interned groups except homosexuals had counterparts among the Nazi guards and administrators. Examples of the homosexuality of the concentration camp guards can be found in many of the personal accounts of Holocaust survivors. .....Rudolf Hoess, the infamous commandant of Auschwitz, who may himself have been a "Butch" homosexual, defined "genuine homosexuals... [by their] soft and girlish affectations and fastidiousness, their sickly sweet manner of speech, and their altogether too affectionate deportment toward their fellows" (Hoess in Rector:137f). These "genuine homosexuals" were considered incorrigible and held in special barracks, while many non-effeminate homosexuals were released (ibid.:137). Hoess, incidentally, had at one time been a close friend of Edmund Heines (Snyder:301), the procurer of boys for Roehm's pederastic orgies.

    The schools were heavily targeted in order to de-Christianize the young. Mandatory prayer in schools was stopped in 1935, and from 1941 onward, religious instruction was completely eliminated for all students over 14 years old (ibid.:494f). The Nazi Teachers Association actively discouraged its members from taking religious instruction, while at the same time many teachers of religious studies (who were all required to be licensed by the state) "inculcated neo-paganism into their pupils during periods of religious instruction." Later, teachers were outright prohibited from attending voluntary religion classes organized by the Catholic church (ibid.:495).

    There is no question that homosexuality figures prominently in the history of the Holocaust. As we have noted, the ideas for disposing of the Jews originated with Lanz von Leibenfels. The first years of terrorism against the Jews were carried out by the homosexuals of the SA. The first concentration camp, as well as the system for training its brutal guards, was the work of Ernst Roehm. The first pogrom, Kristallnacht, was orchestrated in 1938 by the homosexual Reinhard Heydrich. And it was the transvestite Goering who started the "evolution of the Final Solution...[with an] order to Heydrich (Jan. 24, 1939) concerning the solution of the Jewish question by 'emigration' and 'evacuation'" (Robinson:25). Still, despite their disproportionate role, homosexuals did not cause the Holocaust. They, along with so many others who had lost their moral bearings, were merely instruments in its enactment. The Holocaust must be blamed on the one whom the Bible compares to "a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (NKJ:I Peter 5:8). Yet, while we cannot say that homosexuals caused the Holocaust, we must not ignore their central role in Nazism. To the myth of the "pink triangle"-the notion that all homosexuals in Nazi Germany were persecuted-we must respond with the reality of the "pink swastika."


    elton john Sir Elton John will be banned from adopting the Ukrainian toddler he found in an orphanage because he is too old and unmarried, a minister for the country has confirmed. Skip related content The pop star and his partner David Furnish wanted to adopt the 14-month-old HIV-infected boy Lev who had won his heart.

    But Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko said there were two impediments - adoptive parents must be married, and Ukraine does not recognise homosexual unions as marriage. In addition, Elton at age 62 is too old. Law requires there be an age difference between parent and child of no more than 45 years.