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

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Explores the Christian Right’s use of tailored rhetorics to advance multiple and varied antigay political projects.
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...Sin, Sex, and Democracy ... reads both as a protest against the virulence of Christian Right homophobic discourse and also as a navigating tool for interacting with it.— GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

"...seamlessly integrates queer theory, religious history, communications theory, political science, and evangelical pop culture."— National Women's Studies Association Journal

"The American Protestant religious right's animosity toward lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and the transgendered (LGBT) is a well documented longstanding political phenomenon, but ... Cynthia Burack's Sin, Sex, and Democracy develop[s] new insights about the structure and significance of this animosity."— Politics and Religion

"This book offers a meticulously detailed account of the way in which antigay discourse is constructed and employed by the Christian Right and those closely associated with it. It is a topic of significance and central to the academic study of politics and cultural practice of politics, particularly in the United States."— Angelia R. Wilson, author of Below the Belt: Sexuality, Religion, and the American South

"The appeal of this book is the niche it fills: at a time when critics take well-worn and cheap shots at the Christian Right ill fitting the seriousness of the times, this author demands that critics take the Christian Right seriously, not only politically, but theologically."— Amy E. Ansell, editor of Unraveling the Right: The New Conservatism in American Thought and Politics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791474068
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2008
  • 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)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Burack is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the Ohio State University. She is the author of Healing Identities: Black Feminist Thought and the Politics of Groups and coeditor (with Jyl J. Josephson) of Fundamental Differences: Feminists Talk Back to Social Conservatives.

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Table of Contents


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


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