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Posted April 12, 2011
Chapter by Chapter Review
For the FULL Review which is very complete, please go to my blogsite listed at the end. For context, I am a straight Evangelical Christian who has worked EXTENSIVELY in the glbt Christian community for over five years. I know over a thousand glbt Christians and hundreds on non-interested-in-church glbt people. I read and reviewed every page and footnote. Two chapters were DEEPLY offensive and manipulative--the ones on Speaking the Unspeakable and Queer Theology. I will include my summary of those two chapters here. For the complete review, go to the blog site. www( dot)canyonwalkerconnections (dot) com THANK YOU. The chapter starts with : "MICHAEL BROWN IS NOT EQUATING HOMOSEXUAL PRACTICE WITH PEDOPHILIA. MICHAEL BROWN IS NOT CALLING ALL HOMOSEXUALS PEDOPHILES" However, the next FORTY pages are about pedophilia. So repulsive, it amazed me that Dr. Brown would include it. Why does he say he included it then? Pedophiles say they are born that way and the slippery slope to including homosexuals with equal status will open the doors to pedophiles wanting equality and acceptance too. This section made me angry. Just because you say "I am not saying this . . . " and then publish FORTY pages of trash in the midst of a book on the dangers/damage of/by homosexuals does not negate the impact of the natural association that people will make to homosexuality. This is one of the most disgusting ploys, intentional or not, of the entire book. Dr. Brown could have stated his concerns in one paragraph, yet, I was subjected to reading the NAMBLA boy-love trash??? How many already anti-gay readers will duct tape the whole yucky mess onto the GLBT community? How many potential GLBT readers will you thoroughly offend by this most egregious, don't-think-about-the-pink-elephant tactic? So offensive and incredibly subtly manipulative. Completely gratuitous porn. No wonder no publisher would touch this manuscript. This may have been one of the two major disqualifiers from options other than self publish. Yes, I know: "MICHAEL BROWN IS NOT EQUATING HOMOSEXUAL PRACTICE WITH PEDOPHILIA. MICHAEL BROWN IS NOT CALLING ALL HOMOSEXUALS PEDOPHILES" but, what will your readers hear? What will they remember? Horrid. You should have left it unspeakable. QUEER THEOLOGY, A GAY/LESBIAN AND HOMOEROTIC CHRIST Oh my. I heard Dr. Brown say "the queer reading of Scripture will blow you away" and that he was "so sad and so pained by the end of the chapter that [he] cried." Well, I fully agree. Almost everything Dr. Brown presented as "normal" belief/behavior for gay Christians, I have never heard. Who did he speak to? What kind of fringe spiritual people did Dr. Brown drag up? Prayers for cruising? Fantasizing about taking off the loincloth of a crucified Christ? Come on! This is presented as what gay Christians think about/do? I can find you fringe freak heterosexual Christians who have all kinds of crazy, vulgar thoughts and that does not translate to what the rest of heterosexual Christians think. I read every footnote, every word. Dr. Brown did not go two and half hours up the road to Raleigh, NC to the headquarters of The Gay Christian Network (GCN) and speak to my friend Justin Lee? Justin, who is a fine gay Christian and is a man of great integrity. GCN is an online and has an in person local community of over 18K GLBT believers world wide. Dr. Brown found the guy fantasizing about making love to the Michelangelo
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Posted January 26, 2014
I bought this book expecting an actual history book on the LGBT
I bought this book expecting an actual history book on the LGBT movement in America. What I got instead was an incredibly long persuasive essay parading about like a history book. The first few pages are fine until author Michael L. Brown turns a sarcastic tone on the "gay agenda." Then, it's all downhill from there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
To an average reader, these accusations seem merely like impartial straight up facts and could be misinterpreted as a work of historical non-fiction. However, it is a clear misconstruction of fact which has been skewed to offensively suggest that many stereotypes of the Queer community are based in truth and only serves to justify the misperceptions of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. The reason Brown couldn't get anyone to publish this book is just that. It's propaganda cleverly disguised as non-fiction.