God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence

God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence

by Michael Cobb, Adrienne Massanari, Steve Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814716695

ISBN-13: 9780814716694

Pub. Date: 06/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

At the funeral of Matthew Shepard--the young Wyoming man brutally murdered for being gay--the Reverend Fred Phelps led his parishioners in protest, displaying signs with slogans like "Matt Shepard rots in Hell," "Fags Die God Laughs," and "God Hates Fags." In counter-protest, activists launched an "angel action," dressing in angel costumes, with seven-foot high wings,

Overview

At the funeral of Matthew Shepard--the young Wyoming man brutally murdered for being gay--the Reverend Fred Phelps led his parishioners in protest, displaying signs with slogans like "Matt Shepard rots in Hell," "Fags Die God Laughs," and "God Hates Fags." In counter-protest, activists launched an "angel action," dressing in angel costumes, with seven-foot high wings, and creating a visible barrier so one would not have to see the hateful signs.

Though long thought of as one of the most virulently anti-gay genres of contemporary American politics and culture, in God Hates Fags, Michael Cobb maintains that religious discourses have curiously figured as the most potent and pervasive forms of queer expression and activism throughout the twentieth century. Cobb focuses on how queers have assumed religious rhetoric strategically to respond to the violence done against them, alternating close readings of writings by James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, Jean Toomer, Dorothy Allison, and Stephen Crane with critical legal and political analyses of Supreme Court Cases and anti-gay legislation. He also pays deep attention to the political strategies, public declarations, websites, interviews, and other media made by key religious right organizations that have mounted the most successful regulations and condemnations of homosexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814716694
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
229
Sales rank:
1,261,492
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Last Safe Group to Hate
1 The Language of National Security: A Queer Theory of Religious Language
2 James Baldwin and His Queer, Religious Words
3 Like a Prayer
4 Rights as Wrongs
Conclusion: Our Aberrant Future
Notes
Index
About the Author

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