Many, many years ago, before many of us were even born, a man decided
to ride off into history. He headed out on a quest, a quest for sex, back
in those misty old days of 1966. The problem was, he couldn't find a woman
to head out with him. So, he decided to buy one.
That man's name was Fred Cherry, and this is his story.
Perhaps you've heard of him, of his lawsuit against Mayor Koch of New
York, seeking to overturn the law against prostitution? The argument
he offered was that without the existence of prostitution, his
disability, alleged in court, would leave him unable to find a sexual
partner. Thus, he said, the law served to discriminate on the basis of
handicap, violating the provision of the 14th amendment to the US
constitution mandating equal protection of all under the law.
Some of us, perhaps, were unaware that being unable to find a sexual
partner made one the victim of a crime or even a tort. Some of us might
even point out that a suit based on a charge of discrimination would be a
matter of civil rights law, not constitutional law. But this would be
moot. Rather than address the question of whether or not a woman could be
considered a public accomodation, the court
focused more narrowly on Mr.Cherry's right to challenge the
constitutionality of the law, as he was not then facing prosecution under
But his struggle began long before that day. Early on, he knew that the
cause of his oppression was a conspiracy and he had found one of its
leaders! He was, as Fred put it ... "one of the foremost leaders of the
organized homosexual movement of America" who had as his ultimate aim an
effort "to bring about a PERVERT WORLD". In order to bring this about,
Cherry revealed, he was engaged in a program consisting of the following
- Legalize and encourage homosexuality between consenting adults;
- Outlaw prostitution so that large numbers of young men will be
compelled to resort to homosexuality.
- Legalize and encourage 'Greek Love'.
- Outlaw all normal sexual expressions between men and women.
Children are to be conceived solely by artificial insemination.
He even knew who this leader was, though it is not mentioned in the
record whether or not he ever had designs on Fred's body. That person was
one Reverend Robert W. Wood, Pastor of the Zion United Church of Christ,
Newark, New Jersey, who, according to Fred, had written a book
insinuating that Jesus Christ was a homosexual. As Fred wasn't going
to take this lying down, or be doing much of anything else lying down
either, at that point he decided to act.
we can see documentation of this historic moment.
Fred will tell us of how he learned of this conspiracy, one day, at
a demonstration for sexual freedom, where he - HE, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT
IT, HE - was the focus of attention. He wasn't homophobic before this,
honest. But there were homosexuals there who weren't in favor of
decriminalising prostitution and that is how he learned that they were
out to get him. That hurt. But pain gives us
the strength to fight, and fight he would.
In fact, he discovered that the conspiracy went further and deeper than
he had ever feared. As he read, he discovered that the King James edition
of the Bible - the version that Rev. Wood used - was itself, a product of the Homosexual conspiracy, because it
left out the books of the Maccabees, in which Fred's glorious ancestors
delivered Israel from Homosexual oppression. Of course some would say it
was from Pagan Greco-Syrian oppression, but they must be homonazis. And
some of them are rabbis! Is nowhere safe any more?
Fred Cherry was not a man hesitant to act, when he saw that action was
needed! Immediately, he started mailing postcards, bushel baskets of
postcards, it is said by some, in order to reveal the shocking truth to
the world, about the dark intentions of Reverend Wood. This effort got
people's attention, all right. Unfortunately for Fred, those people were
working for the Post Office, and he got called in for an administrative
hearing for sending material nonmailable under Title 18 (section 1718) and
Title 39, section 4001 of the U.S. postal code.
Having determined that Rev. Robert W. Wood was, or had been at the time
of mailing, a real person, the General Counsel of the Post Office
initiated action alleging that Mr. Cherry "had deposited in the United
States mails post cards containing defamatory matter obviously intended to
reflect injuriously upon the character or conduct of another", rendering
them nonmailable under the applicable statutes. This rendered him eligible
for a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to
exceed one year, or both.
Fred admitted to having sent the cards. This was not surprising. as
Cherry had sent a letter to the Chief Postal Inspector, stating that he
had heard that the mailing of post cards similar to his own, constituted a
violation of the very title 18 violation he was to be charged under, and
asking him if this was true. Having recieved word back from counsel for
the Postmaster that this would seem to be the case, he then sent another
letter stating that he would be engaged in an act of civil disobedience,
sending out further material, claiming protection under the first
amendment to the US constitution, though he acknowledged that he knew
that this would be a criminal act.
He argued that "the withholding of such cards by the Post Office
Department is unlawful and discriminatory since the Department permits and
accepts for delivery newspapers and magazines containing defamation and
scurrility on their front and rear pages clearly visible to Post Office
employees". This argument was rejected on the basis that a newspaper,
being published on a continuing basis, had to face responsibility for its
misdeeds in print in the course of its publication, whereas Fred's little
barrage was a one shot deal. Once the cards were delivered, they were
delivered - Fred would not be losing his business if he couldn't deliver
any more, in other words. "Further", it was added, "the Respondent"
(that's Fred) "herein cannot complain of any discrimination for the reason
that his post cards or postal cards were ordered withheld from the mails
only after he voluntarily submitted a sample to the Post Office Department
for comment. Thus, his cards received exactly the same treatment as is
provided for newspapers by the regulation.
To put it another way, "You were bragging to us about what you were
going to do, so what did you expect, you mope?" It was the final
decision of the Post Office to not deliver these materials. The
battle had begun. Luckily for the Post Office, little of it would involve
them. Click here to check out that decision on the Post Office's own website.
And you might as well get a few stamps while you're over there.
His battle against the "Organized Homosexual Movement of America" (tm)
or the "homonazis", as he was to come to call them, was far from ended by
this early defeat, though, for reasons that he, himself, could scarcely
have imagined at the time. In 1979, 13 years later, a new communications
medium called the Internet was to come into existence, and a forum called
Usenet was to form as a result. A forum that I'm sure you've already seen.
It was to give those who, like Fred, had been limited to shouting at
people on street corners, futile attempts at mass mailing (and maybe a few
obscene phone calls when they felt like being social), an opportunity to
reach an audience of millions at minimal financial expense, and with
few consequences for themselves resulting from their actions. This lead
to the overreaction that was the Communications Decency Act (or CDA for
short). Once again, Cherry was to take a public official to
court - Janet Reno, on the basis that this act hindered him from being
able to trade insults with homonazis from Australia, where no similar law
was in place, on an equal footing. Surprisingly enough,
this case was dismissed (1).
Not so surprisingly, Fred then filed
the same suit, in a different district, in his home state of New
And let it not be said that Fred Cherry was not one who could learn
from a legal defeat. His mistake, in the his two mailings back in 1966,
was to distribute literature about someone who was not a public figure,
and thus whom the libel laws still served to protect. Understanding his
mistake, Fred chose as his next revelation to the world, the role of Mayor
Koch of New York, in the Organized Homosexual Conspiracy, after Koch
criticised Prostitution. So proud was he of his campaign that he spread
word of it far and wide. And often.
- Cherry denounces Mayor Koch
- he does it here, too
- still more
- here too
- More Koch conspiracy theorising
- and a little more
... and don't forget his courageous defense of
But is not his legal history that he is known for, online, but his
conflicts on Usenet, where those who criticise his online conduct, his
hatred of gays, or one of his pet causes (especially the push for
legalised prostitution, the cause that made all the magic happen) have
been referred to as homosexual supporters of NAMBLA. Amazing how many of
those there seemed to be and how deeply this evil had permeated
But Fred Cherry never flinched, nor would he allow them any quarter
online. His warnings echoed out into dozens of newsgroups in each
post, many of which had never even heard of the homonazi conspiracy to
create a PERVERT WORLD (3) and were not
aware of the need for these warnings, or even of the relevance of this
material in their forums. For the evil had progressed just that far. Sadly
deluded groups such as:
alt.music.kylie-minogue, alt.callahans, soc.men, soc.women,
alt.mens-rights, soc.culture.israel, soc.culture.african.american,
comp.org.eff.talk, soc.singles, uva.want-ads, uva.general,
alt.atheism, alt.christnet.bible, rec.arts.bodyart, talk.abortion,
alt.revisionism, alt.feminism, alt.config, alt.politics.clinton,
rec.arts.books, alt.internet.services, alt.ketchup,
soc.culture.jewish, soc.culture.usa, alt.journalism,
uk.religion.jewish, israel.lists.il-talk, israel.israeline,
alt.books.reviews, uk.religion.interfaith, soc.culture.canada,
soc.culture.austria, soc.culture.german, alt.n**gers,
alt.music.spice-girls, alt.military.cadet, aus.politics,
soc.culture.australian, talk.bizarre, rec.arts.poems,
rec.arts.comics.misc, misc.writing, misc.transport.road,
alt.suicide, alt.punk, alt.philosophy.debate, alt.music.hardcore,
alt.fan.hanson, talk.religion.misc, talk.atheism,
rec.sport.pro-wrestling, alt.skinheads, alt.pagan,
alt.nuke.the.USA, alt.meditation, alt.kill.the.whales,
alt.culture.internet, alt.culture.hawaii, alt.blasphemy,
alt.apocalypse, alt.america, misc.legal, alt.2600,
alt.religion.kibology, soc.culture.nordic, alt.fan.serdar-argic,
among others. So profound was the blindness of many, that they would
write to Fred's equally mislead sysops, so many of whom deleted his
accounts, that at one point he had to go as far from home as Colorado to
find an ISP that still wanted his
business. Such is his love for us, the people of the Internet, that he
would go to such trouble, just to unmask the ever growing homosexual
conspiracy, no matter how we might beg and plead with him to stop. A love
we should always return.
It was not an easy path that Cherry trod, for the homonazi is a wily
beast, full of trickery and deceit - but Cherry was never deceived. Little
things, like openly and vehemently opposing NAMBLA, never fooled him. He
knew that this was only a cover for their homonazi activities.
This was not always well received, but given the prevailing moral tone
on Usenet, never proved a real problem for him online. It was his spammage
and his hostile tone that usually created problems for him. Often, some
said, the right thing was done for the wrong reason.
Question : Wasn't there a petition taken out
against him, recently?
Yes, there was. In fact, there have been two at least. Intriguingly,
someone named Chris Lewis attempted to keep people from being able to see
the first of the two, claiming to do so out of opposition to trolling!
That's quite the insight, Chris. So, how long have you known Fred?
Click here for some commentary about that, and
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