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Slouching towards Gaytheism: Christianity and Queer Survival in America (SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures) [Paperback]

W. C. Harris

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1 April 2014 SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures
Argues that homophobia will not be eradicated in the United States until religion is ended.

Slouching towards Gaytheism brings together two intellectual traditions—the New Atheism and queer theory—and moves beyond them to offer a new voice for gay Americans and atheists alike. Examining the continued vehemence of homophobia in cultural and political debate regarding queer equality, this unabashed polemic insists that the needs met by religion might be met—more safely and less toxically—by forms of community that do not harass and malign gay and lesbian Americans or impede collective social progress. W. C. Harris argues that compromises with traditional religion, no matter how enlightened or well intentioned, will ultimately leave heteronormativity alive and well. He explores a range of recent movements, such as Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, reparative “ex-gay” therapy, Christian purity culture, and attempts by liberal Christians to reconcile religion with homosexuality, and shows how these proposed solutions are either inadequate or positively dangerous. According to the author, the time has come for “gaytheism”: leaving religion behind in order to preserve queer dignity, rights, and lives.

“Lively, original, and serious, this book is great fun to read. One looks forward to how Professor Harris will skewer the next foe.” — Paul Robinson, author of Queer Wars: The New Gay Right and Its Critics

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438451121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438451121
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,655,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. C. Harris is Professor of English at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Queer Externalities: Hazardous Encounters in American Culture, also published by SUNY Press, and E Pluribus Unum: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Constitutional Paradox.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Professor 28 Mar 2014
By charles kiddell - Published on Amazon.com
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A quote from a review of this book by Christopher Hart should suffice:

"At one point here he tells us how violence is urged against “non-Christians and apostate Christians” in Chapters 18 and 82 of Deuteronomy. Well, first, Deuteronomy only has 34 chapters, so there is no chapter 82; and second, there are no Christians or apostate Christians in Deuteronomy. It’s the Old Testament. It’s the Jewish Scriptures. Christians don’t come along until the New Testament. Y’know, like, Christ?

Such remarks by an American university professor—and a literature professor at that—hint at such vast oceans of ignorance, such immense treasure houses of stupidity and sheer hoggish bigotry, that it might make you despair of our culture altogether—if you didn’t already. But never mind—all that crappy old Bible-based DWM Judeo-Christian Western gay-bashing thing is going to be replaced by a thrilling new Gaytheist culture of barebacking. Then we’ll all be fine."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Breeding the HIV virus for fun is this lunatic's concept of love 28 Mar 2014
By Gerard Vanderleun - Published on Amazon.com
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"Having won the equal right to marriage, it was only to be expected that gay men should then want an equal right to produce offspring. But since Mother Nature has decreed this impossible—what is she, some kind of horrible right-wing Christian or something?—gay men have decided to claim equality by showing that they can at least breed viruses.

On barebacking websites, the slogan runs, “Breed, get seed and get on your knees to feed.”

“Breeding the virus in another man’s body develops new kinships,” explains Harris (rather than, say, new burdens on health services), and they become one more couple in the “bug brotherhood.” The one who does the infecting is called the daddy, the recipient the son, and such incestuous overtones are also very exciting, argues Professor Harris, for they too are transgressive, subversive, and liberating.

Meanwhile, gay and/or liberal Christians still struggle to accommodate these challenging new ideas. They claim that it is the condemnation of homosexuality rather than homosexuality itself that is the sin, and they “attribute homophobic readings of biblical passages to human prejudice.” However, they still try to push the idea of monogamous gay relationships while condemning gay promiscuity, and they evidently feel a little uncomfortable about things such as barebacking. Insufficiently radical, they merely offer, as the author puts it in his inimitable prose style, soothing “declarations of tolerance and paeans to flux.” Paeans to flux? No, I don’t know what he means, either. Eulogies to liquefaction? Hymns of praise to dysentery? Anything is possible, especially in a culture whose university professors are now so self-obsessed, ignorant, and borderline literate."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance Publicly Displayed 28 Mar 2014
By Dan Allison - Published on Amazon.com
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This man should be in an institution for the mentally ill. He also needs to go back to the 8th grade an study history. You'll never read anything more insane.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Get on your knees to feed .... 29 Mar 2014
By Fishman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never read this book
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is what passes for an intellectual these days? 28 Mar 2014
By D. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
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The author is hilariously ignorant. Sadly, such vermin infest our universities, which means that the government is subsidizing such foolishness.
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