Slouching Towards Gaytheism: Christianity and Queer Survival by Harris, William Conley

By Harris, William Conley

Argues that homophobia are usually not eliminated within the usa until eventually faith is ended.

Slouching in the direction of Gaytheism brings jointly highbrow traditions—the New Atheism and queer theory—and strikes past them to supply a brand new voice for homosexual american citizens and atheists alike. interpreting the ongoing vehemence of homophobia in cultural and political debate concerning queer equality, this unabashed polemic insists that the wishes met by way of faith can be met—more accurately and not more toxically—by different types of group that don't harass and malign homosexual and lesbian american citizens or bog down collective social development. W. C. Harris argues that compromises with conventional faith, irrespective of how enlightened or good intentioned, will eventually depart heteronormativity alive and good. He explores more than a few fresh hobbies, comparable to Dan Savage’s “It will get higher” undertaking, reparative “ex-gay” treatment, Christian purity tradition, and makes an attempt via liberal Christians to reconcile faith with homosexuality, and exhibits how those proposed ideas are both insufficient or certainly harmful. in response to the writer, the time has come for “gaytheism”: leaving faith at the back of so as to protect queer dignity, rights, and lives.

“Lively, unique, and severe, this e-book is excellent enjoyable to learn. One appears ahead to how Professor Harris will skewer the subsequent foe.” — Paul Robinson, writer of Queer Wars: the recent homosexual correct and Its Critics

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I don’t want to answer the question in a way that would be disrespectful to you or other people who might see it differently. I think Starbucks has many constituents, and from time to time we are going to make a decision that we think is consistent with the heritage and tradition of the company that perhaps may be inconsistent with one’s group view of the world.  . But we made that decision, in our view, through the lens of humanity and being the kind of company that embraces diversity.  . [And] shareholder value has increased significantly in large part because management has made the right kind of decisions that [are] in the best interest of the entire company.

1 This late in the day, such observations are far from newsworthy. In the essays “Thinking Sex” (1984) and “The Traffic in Women” (1975), Gayle Rubin radicalized Claude Lévi-Strauss’s work on women’s historic status as property. Influenced by Rubin’s 41 42 SLOUCHING TOWARDS GAYTHEISM work, innumerable historians, social scientists, and feminist, Marxist, and queer critics have mapped out these and corollary ideas. This chapter examines how the purity ball sexualizes the father-daughter “couple,” already a particular aspect of mainstream heterosexual marriage culture, and turns that pairing into the linchpin of conservative Christian marriage subculture.

Having examined father-daughter purity balls, this chapter turns next to what appears to be a blind spot in such ceremonies but is amply addressed by Christian purity literature: the purity movement as it targets young men. 2 As merely one of the numerous Christian purity manuals published over the past decade or so, Every Young Man’s Battle is one book in a series created by Arterburn, founder of New Life Ministries (formerly New Life Treatment Centers) and host of the radio show New Life Live.

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