Monday, October 26, 2015

New book challenges the three sacred cows in the study of LGBT religion

By Rebecca Alpert

Now that we have marriage equality, and the Pope is hugging gay friends, what more is there to say about the gay community and religion? Quite a bit, if you ask Heather White, author of "Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights." Historians are detectives. Not all historians are as gifted (or lucky) as White, however, whose excellent and lucid account challenges three sacred cows in the study of LGBT religion, namely that the Bible condemns homosexuality, that religion has played a major role in obstructing gay rights, and that Stonewall was the moment that began the American gay rights movement. [link]