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From Religion Dispatches: Why Rick Santorum Can’t Just Say: God Doesn’t Want You To Be Gay

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Why Rick Santorum Can’t Just Say: God Doesn’t Want You To Be Gay

By Jay Michaelson

It’s been widely observed that religious foes of LGBT equality frequently make arguments of convenience. These arguments are usually guised in the language of rhetorics other than that of religion. Thus homosexuality is pathological (medical), destructive of society (sociological), narcissistic (psychological)—anything, really, as long as it’s bad, which is what opponents of equality really mean.

Aware, however, that pure rhetorics of sin and God’s will are of limited public efficacy—mostly for cultural reasons, though also for legal/political ones—the more candid statements are rarely spoken publicly.

As Mark Jordan has recently described in great detail, this instrumental use of non-religious rhetoric has led to a discursive slipperiness, leaving the keen observer wondering: What, exactly, is wrong with homosexuality? Opponents of equality often seem unable to respond consistently, instead attempting to marshal a variety of non-religious arguments to bolster what is at heart a religious condition. Chosen, as they typically are, for efficacy rather than for accuracy, these arguments often turn out to be wrong.

More here: http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/5551/why_rick_santorum_can%27t_just_say:_god_doesn%27t_want_you_to_be_gay/

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One thought on “From Religion Dispatches: Why Rick Santorum Can’t Just Say: God Doesn’t Want You To Be Gay

  1. Hi,Thanks for taking the time to write this blog. Very interesting information!

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