Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right

Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right

by Cynthia Burack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791474062

ISBN-13: 9780791474068

Pub. Date: 04/10/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

While the Christian Right has spearheaded a variety of antigay projects over the past fifteen years, including interventions in public schools, antigay-rights initiatives, and support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, observers of the institutionalized Christian Right have also noted a softening of antigay public rhetoric. Sin, Sex, and

Overview

While the Christian Right has spearheaded a variety of antigay projects over the past fifteen years, including interventions in public schools, antigay-rights initiatives, and support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, observers of the institutionalized Christian Right have also noted a softening of antigay public rhetoric. Sin, Sex, and Democracy analyzes these two ostensibly conflicting phenomena. Examining Christian witnessing tracts, the ex-gay movement, and recent linkages between gays and terrorists, Cynthia Burack argues that as the Christian Right has become a more sophisticated interest group, leaders have become adept at tailoring different messages for mainstream audiences and for the internal pedagogical processes of Christian conservatives. Understanding the rhetoric and the theological convictions that lie behind them, Burack claims, is essential to better understand how American politics work and how to effectively respond to exclusionary forms of political thought and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791474068
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction: We Are Family     xiii
Born-Agains and Other Strangers     xiii
The Vision Thing     xvii
The Privileged Position of the Christian Right     xxiii
My Gay Agenda     xxxi
Speaking Right     1
Queer Is as Queer Does     1
Defiling Beds, Hearts, and Minds     2
Who're You Talking To?     5
Hate the Sin     7
Being Intolerant     11
Until the End of the World     16
Rapture Ready     20
Know Your Audience     25
Four Narratives     27
Use Your Inside Voice     31
The Nightmare of Homosexuality     33
Gay Blades     33
Laying Hands on Chick     35
Behold the Man (and His Time)     36
Chick Lit     40
The Devil and Homosexuals     42
Sin of Sins?     47
Marketing Hate     49
Politics and Witness     52
Pure Rapture     56
Framing Chick     59
Standing in the Gap     64
Origin Stories (with Jyl J. Josephson)     67
Becoming Queer     67
Saving Homosexuals ... and America     68
Being of Two Minds     73
Choice Point     75
The Narrative of Development     76
What Went Wrong?     79
From Development to Compassion     84
The Political Work of Compassion     87
Our Parents and Friends     91
Safety First     95
Feeling Sorry for Themselves     96
Getting What "We" Deserve     101
Pick an Enemy     101
And Now We Are Terrorists     104
Setting the Straight Story     109
The Politics of Desert     115
Where's the Harm?     124
Bringing Us All Together     130
Afterword: Another Gay Agenda     135
Listen Up!     135
Out in the Public     137
Another Gay Agenda     140
Notes     143
Index     177

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