4.29.2011

ready for some ruffled feathers?

This book was recommend to me by some people I respect, and given how often homosexuality and GLBT issues arise in my university classes (in pretty much any class - but especially Social Work/Sociology), I wanted to read it quite badly. I've only just begun, and I've got 600 pages to go (looking forward to all of them).

This book was deemed so controversial no publisher would print it - so the author printed it himself. Dr. Brown address the history of homosexuality in the U.S. and the impact it has upon our culture. He spent years writing this book and the research and factual basis are strong, no publisher criticized his facts or research, just the controversial nature of the book.

the summary:

"Forty years ago, most Americans said they didn’t know anyone who was homosexual and claimed to know little or nothing about homosexuality. Today, there’s hardly a sitcom without a prominent gay character, movies like Milk and Brokeback Mountain have won Oscars, and even People Magazine celebrated the marriage of Ellen Degeneres and Portia DeRossi. Forty years ago, the word “queer” was considered to be an extremely insulting, ugly slur. Today, we have books like Queering Elementary Education and The Queer Bible Commentary, while Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a cable TV sensation and even school children are learning the meaning of “Gender Queer.” Forty years ago, people were fired from their jobs for being gay. Today, college professors have been fired for taking issue with same-sex practice, counselors have been dismissed for refusing to affirm gay and lesbian relationships, and even pastors have been arrested for saying that homosexual behavior was sinful. A Queer Thing Happened to America chronicles the amazing transformation of America over the last forty years, literally, from Stonewall Inn to the White House, and addresses the question head-on: Is there really a gay agenda, or is it a fiction of the religious right? Written in a lively and compelling style, but backed with massive research and extensive interaction with the GLBT community, this forthright and yet compassionate book looks at the extraordinary impact gay activism has had on American society - from nursery school to college, from the pulpit to Hollywood, and from science to semantics - also analyzing the foundational arguments of the gay civil rights movement and exposing the extreme intolerance of those calling for tolerance. This could easily be the most controversial book of the decade. Read it and find out why the publishing world was afraid to touch it."

um, yeah. I'm excited to read this book and gain a perspective that is hushed and shushed in my university and by almost all my professors - an issue not many are willing to touch, but something I should know more about and be ready to defend my views on. 

3 comments:

  1. I would be interested to hear your views. I personally think Jesus loves us all. He hates our sin but loves us and think He would want us to love on gay people. They endure so much hate and rejection- it's no wonder most of them don't believe in God- because they feel that God doesn't love them so they would rather pretend He doesn't exist. I personally feel we as a body of Christ need to reach out in love and respect, not judgment.

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  2. I agree with you! I in no way think it's OK to hate or reject people because of their lifestyle - Jesus doesn't do that. He deeply loves and has compassion, but he also calls us to live a life of purity and holiness as He lays out in His word, because He knows what is best for us.

    I do not agree with homosexuality because it says in God's word that it is wrong. I also do not agree with acting in an unloving or hateful way, because God condemns that too. Reaching out in love and respect is God's way, I agree, but I do not believe that means the body of Christ should compromises the fact that God states homosexuality is a sin.

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  3. I am excited to hear more about this. Glad I stumbled upon this post. I might have to find myself a copy of this.

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