By Thomas J. Linneman
The Pacific Northwest is understood for its varied, strange politics. There are thriving homosexual and lesbian groups and populations of staunchly conservative Christians. either teams wield political strength out of percentage to their numbers and but either consider beleaguered. How do contributors of those groups—both group leaders and daily citizens—perceive the political climates that encompass them This e-book tells a story of 2 Northwestern towns: Seattle, renowned nationally for its liberalism, and Spokane, its conservative cousin to the east. Weathering switch characterizes the methods those liberal and conservative environments translate into hostility and hospitality for the Christian conservatives, homosexual males, and lesbians who stay inside them. Linneman offers us a firsthand account of ways humans from either teams take into consideration social swap with regards to the media, the general public, the govt, their groups, and their competition. certainly, we achieve a lot wanted perception into why Christian conservatives view the development of the homosexual and lesbian move as one of these chance.
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Extra resources for Weathering Change: Gays and Lesbians, Christian Conservatives, and Everyday Hostilities
About the dangers of this. ” There’s always a big BUT. I am not one of those radical-right guys who say that the media is out to destroy America, but I think that there is a certain, you know, I was think; ing even with the Promise Keeper agenda. Which was just last weekend. And I think it was promoted the way a non-, someone who doesn’t know anything about Promise Keepers, would look at it, you would get the view from the opponents, instead of, what I didn’t like, they allow for example NOW, other organizations, to interpret the intentions of Promise Keepers instead of letting Promise Keepers explain their intentions.
Here are two examples of this: the ﬁrst from a pastor and the second from a politi; cal activist: I think we’ll get probably blamed for a lot of stuff that a lot of kooks, you know, the right wing racist groups. ) I see that, yeah, I think, in the media, that’s what they’re doing, they’re tying us with those people, and that is sim; ply not true. Those groups are very fringe. I don’t know of a single evan; gelical Christian that would support those causes or those groups. So the media has done a very good job of painting the Christian commu; nity as this radical abortion burning, I have a feeling that many of the abortion clinics that are bombed are bombed by the people who want to keep providing abortion because that’s the way to get attention, and they blame it, that’s the way Hitler did it in Germany.
We’ve par; ticipated in many, many Christian demonstrations, and to date, I have not seen an accurate statement in the press. And I don’t know whether this is by design or just careless reporting. That’s one thing. The press has its bias. The press is extremely secular. When it comes to Christians in pub; lic, the press doesn’t get it. So they tend to, you know, when you’re actually reporting on issues that you don’t understand, it tends to distort your ability to report on it. ) Right. They don’t understand.
Weathering Change: Gays and Lesbians, Christian Conservatives, and Everyday Hostilities by Thomas J. Linneman