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God Forbid : Religion and Sex in American Public Life - Kathleen M. Sands

God Forbid

Religion and Sex in American Public Life

By: Kathleen M. Sands (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9780195121629
Number Of Pages: 280

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Since the 1980s, religion has been most visible in American public life when issues of sexuality and reproduction are at stake. Paradoxically, however, the voices that speak most loudly in the name of religion are often unschooled in religious history, world religions, theology, or ethics. As a result, religion in America is misrepresented as anxiously and obsessively concerned with sex, and as uniformly supporting the conservative agenda of "family values."
This volume corrects that distortion in American public discourse. Its thirteen previously unpublished articles introduce scholarly perspectives on issues including the family, gay rights, abortion, welfare policy, prostitution, and assisted reproduction. They richly display the complexities and conflicts that exist not only between but within America's various religious traditions--for example, the pro-choice strain within Christian history, the support of many religious denominations for gay rights, and the criticism of patriarchal family structures within religious communities past and present. In these essays, contributors put forth views of sexual ethics that are just and compassionate, respectful of cultural pluralism, and attentive to democratic processes.
Thorougly researched, lucidly written, and carefully argues, this anthology will debunk the claims of the Religious Right to be the only "religious" word on sexuality in America.

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"God Forbid will appeal to readers who are interested in a multidisciplinary liberal religious response to contemporary questions regarding sexuality and American public life."--Religious Studies Review "God Forbid will appeal to readers who are interested in a multidisciplinary liberal religious response to contemporary questions regarding sexuality and American public life."--Religious Studies Review

Religion in America Seriesp. ii
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 19
Foundations Progressive Religion and Sexual Ethicsp. 21
Judith Plaskow Decentering Sex Rethinking Jewish Sexual Ethicsp. 23
Notesp. 38
The Social Construction of Sexualityp. 42
Notesp. 57
Public, Pubic, and Privatep. 60
Notesp. 83
Families and Family Values Historical, Ideological, and Religious Analysesp. 91
Church, Feminism, and Familyp. 93
Notesp. 102
Janet R. Jakobsen My Sexual Regulation? Family Values and Social Movementsp. 104
Notesp. 120
Religious Liberty, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Case of Reconstructionist Judaismp. 124
Notesp. 131
Sticks and Stones the Language of Public Debatep. 133
The Policing of Poor Black Women's Sexual Reproductionp. 135
Notesp. 151
Mary E. Hunt Too Sexy for Wordsp. 155
Notesp. 166
The Bible, Heterosexism, and the American Public Discussion of Sexual Orientationp. 167
Notesp. 180
Contested Issues in Law and Public Policyp. 183
Religion and Reproductive Policyp. 185
Notesp. 200
Reproductive Technologies Ethical and Religious Issuesp. 203
Notesp. 217
""""To Make Martyrs of Their Children"""" """"Female Genital Mutilation,"""" Religious Legitimation, and the Constitutionp. 219
Rita Nakashima Brock Politicians, Pastors, and Pimpsp. 245
Notesp. 259
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780195121629
ISBN-10: 0195121627
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58

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