I remember, perhaps 10 or 15 years ago, gater telling stories about how he made sandwiches for his teenage daughter and her friends when her friends came over. He prided himself on the sandwiches he made, which the girls complimented him on. I just wanted to tell that story, for those who do not remember him, to give credit to the human being he was and his love for girls.
I wonder how much the pedo-hysteria contributed to his problems.
Revelations 6:9-11 -
9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
In my view of the world, God represents - among other things - the reality of the world. Those who keep telling the truth about the world, therefore, in the face of pressure to tell pleasant-sounding lies, are God's witnesses and martyrs.
gater was one of those who would not back down in the face of pressure to tell pleasant lies. I remember several times, even in discussions here on the board, when gater refused to go along with group opinion which he felt was wrong, when others pressured him to go along.
Personally I always associated gater with Heimdall of Norse mythology, the whitest of the gods, brightest of the gods, the watchman of the gods who at Ragnarok kills and is killed by the trickster Loki:
Fast move the sons of Mim and fate
Is heard in the note of the Gjallarhorn;
Loud blows Heimdall, the horn is aloft,
In fear quake all who on Hel-roads are.
Rest in Peace, gater, and let the world tremble.