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Pray the gay away : the extraordinary lives of Bible belt gays

Author: Bernadette Barton
Publisher: New York, NY : New York University, ©2012.
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While some areas of the United States have made tremendous progress in securing rights for gay people, Bible Belt states lag behind. Barton argues that conventions of small town life, rules which govern Southern manners, and the power wielded by Christian institutions serve as a foundation for both passive and active homophobia in the Bible Belt. She explores how conservative Christian ideology reproduces homophobic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernadette Barton
ISBN: 9780814786376 0814786375 9780814764725 081476472X 9780814724422 0814724426
OCLC Number: 777628035
Description: xi, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : "in the eyes of the lord" --
Welcome to the Bible Belt --
"My parents disowned me" : family rejection --
"God would tell on me" : losing their religion --
"They don't know who I am" : the toxic closet --
"Going straight" : the ex-gay movement --
"Prepare to believe" : the creation museum --
"The opposite of faith is fear" : destruction and transformation --
"God can love all of me" : living the life --
What the future holds.
Responsibility: Bernadette Barton.

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Explores how conservative Christian ideology reproduces homophobic attitudes and shares how Bible Belt gays negotiate these attitudes in their daily lives  Read more...

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"Barton draws on a trove of ethnographic data, including in-depth interviews with Bible Belt gays, visits to the Creation Museum and a local megachurch, attendance at an Exodus International Read more...

 
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