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The Antigay Agenda

Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right

In The Antigay Agenda, Didi Herman probes the values, beliefs, and rhetoric of the organizations of the Christian Right. Tracing the emergence of their antigay agenda, Herman explores how and why these groups made antigay activity a top priority, and how it relates to their political history.

"A penetrating analysis of the Christian Right’s antigay agenda and of how that agenda is derived from the Christian Right’s peculiar vision of American history and the Christian faith."—Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Boston Book Review

"Public intellectualism at its best. . . . A comprehensive summary of the conservative Protestant worldview."—Michael Joseph Gross, Boston Phoenix Literary Section

"Presents considerable information not previously part of the nation’s political discourse. . . . [Herman] dissects the Christian Right’s antigay stance dispassionately giving, as it were, the devil his due. For anyone on either side of this passionate and important conflict, that is an impressive accomplishment."—Hastings Wyman, Jr., Washington Post Book World

252 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1997

Gay and Lesbian Studies

Gender and Sexuality

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Table of Contents

1: Introduction
2: Devil Discourse and the Shifting Construction of Homosexuality in Christianity Today
3: Representing Homosexuality and Its Agenda
4: No Lesbians, Gay Lesbians, Feminist Lesbians
5: (Il)legitimate Minorities: The Construction of Rights-(Un)deserving Subjects
6: The Christian Right versus Gay Rights in Colorado, 1992-1996
7: Regulation, Restoration, Reconstruction: Conservative Christianity and the State
Afterword: Thoughts on Backlash and Utopia

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