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

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

by Cynthia Burack
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

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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
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction: We Are Family

Born-Agains and Other Strangers
The Vision Thing
The Privileged Position of the Christian Right
My Gay Agenda

1. Speaking Right

Queer Is as Queer Does
Defiling Beds, Hearts, and Minds
Who’re You Talking To?
Hate the Sin
Being Intolerant
Until the End of the World
Rapture Ready
Know Your Audience
Four Narratives
Use Your Inside Voice

2. The Nightmare of Homosexuality

Gay Blades
Laying Hands on Chick
Behold the Man (and His Time)
Chick Lit
The Devil and Homosexuals
Sin of Sins?
Marketing Hate
Politics and Witness
Pure Rapture
Framing Chick
Standing in the Gap

3. Origin Stories (with Jyl J. Josephson)

Becoming Queer Saving Homosexuals . . . and America
Being of Two Minds
Choice Point
The Narrative of Development
What Went Wrong?
From Development to Compassion
The Political Work of Compassion
Our Parents and Friends
Safety First
Feeling Sorry for Themselves

4. Getting What “We” Deserve

Pick an Enemy
And Now We Are Terrorists
Setting the Straight Story
The Politics of Desert
Where’s the Harm?
Bringing Us All Together

Afterword: Another Gay Agenda

Listen Up!
Out in the Public
Another Gay Agenda

Notes
Index

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