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Stranger at the gate : to be gay and Christian in America

Author: Mel White
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1994.
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Few issues divide our country more dangerously today than does the question of homosexuality and the conflict between the concept of family values and the individual rights of gays and lesbians. Families are divided, careers are ruined, lives are lost - all in the struggle between beliefs founded in tradition and those based on personal freedom. Spearheading the fight against the increasingly vocal homosexual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
White, Mel, 1940-
Stranger at the gate.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1994
(OCoLC)623177960
Named Person: Mel White; Mel White
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mel White
ISBN: 0671884077 9780671884079
OCLC Number: 29877551
Description: 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: In the beginning --
The ghost of the silence --
Adolescence --
The ghost of fear --
High school --
The ghost of loneliness --
College --
The ghost of false hope --
1962-64, learning to tell the truth --
1964-70, learning about friendship --
1970-80, taking the first steps toward integrity --
1980-81, facing reality --
1981, surviving infatuation and isolation --
1982-83, "It's going to be all right, dad!" --
1984-90, giving up the ghost! --
1990-91, one last year of silence --
1991-93, a ghost no more! --
1993-94, time for doing justice! --
Appendix: Six letters to the religious right.
Responsibility: Mel White.

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Few issues divide our country more dangerously today than does the question of homosexuality and the conflict between the concept of family values and the individual rights of gays and lesbians. Families are divided, careers are ruined, lives are lost - all in the struggle between beliefs founded in tradition and those based on personal freedom. Spearheading the fight against the increasingly vocal homosexual community are the leaders of the so-called "religious right," men and women who denounce gays and lesbians from their pulpits and encourage their followers to enact laws against them. Perhaps no one is better qualified to write about these issues and the conflicts they engender than Mel White. He was born into a conservative Christian home and educated in conservative Christian schools and churches. He met his wife there, and together they raised their children to believe in God and to follow a Christian lifestyle. He worked within the church as a filmmaker and writer, and eventually became a ghostwriter of books, autobiographies, and speeches for such noted figures in the religious right as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Billy Graham. But all that time Mel White had a secret. He was gay. In this remarkable book, Mel White looks at his own life in the church and details the struggles he went through to deny and overcome his own natural sexual desires. And in ways sure to anger many of the people he used to know best, he provides a firsthand look at the teachings and workings of the religious right today, showing how they use their power first to politicize their followers and then, using these politics, to spearhead fund-raising efforts. Most specifically, he examines the methods they use to create a campaign of hate and fear against homosexuals. It is a deeply personal story of torment and triumph, as well as a frightening examination of the anti-homosexual tactics of the religious right and a prophetic look at where they might lead our nation. Both autobiography and personal manifesto, Stranger at the Gate is the eloquent and deeply spiritual story of a gay Christian American determined to tell the truth as he experienced it.

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