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"Christian conservatives loathe all forms of homo- and bisexuality, of course, but it is the gay man (singular; he's an archetype) who looms largest in their books and sermons and blogs and cell group meetings. Not, for the most part, as a figure of evil, but one to be almost envied. "The gay man" is the new seductress sent by Satan to tempt the men of Christendom. He takes what he wants and loves whom he will and his life, in the imagination of Christian men's groups, is an endless succession of orgasms, interrupted only by jocular episodes of male bonhomie. The gay man promises a guilt-free existence, the garden before Eve. He is thought to exist in the purest state of "manhood," which is boyhood, before there were girls."

--From "Sex as a Weapon", by Jeff Sharlet

I'm impressed. That's an explication of Christianity's (and hetero men's at large) hatred of homosexuality that I've never heard before-- though in a way, I've considered it myself. Straight men who feel insecure in their own version of masculinity hate gay men who seem to be happy in themselves, not riddled with guilt or baggage about their sexuality, kind of a "how dare these perverts get away with it?!" thing. I've certainly never seen it put so beautifully, though.

Also, anyone else think that his description of the Xtian men's movement sounds like a terrorist organization? Just wondering.

This is where "original sin" has landed us, boys and girls.
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"Christian conservatives loathe all forms of homo- and bisexuality, of course, but it is the gay man (singular; he's an archetype) who looms largest in their books and sermons and blogs and cell group meetings. Not, for the most part, as a figure of evil, but one to be almost envied. "The gay man" is the new seductress sent by Satan to tempt the men of Christendom. He takes what he wants and loves whom he will and his life, in the imagination of Christian men's groups, is an endless succession of orgasms, interrupted only by jocular episodes of male bonhomie. The gay man promises a guilt-free existence, the garden before Eve. He is thought to exist in the purest state of "manhood," which is boyhood, before there were girls."

--From "Sex as a Weapon", by Jeff Sharlet

I'm impressed. That's an explication of Christianity's (and hetero men's at large) hatred of homosexuality that I've never heard before-- though in a way, I've considered it myself. Straight men who feel insecure in their own version of masculinity hate gay men who seem to be happy in themselves, not riddled with guilt or baggage about their sexuality, kind of a "how dare these perverts get away with it?!" thing. I've certainly never seen it put so beautifully, though.

Also, anyone else think that his description of the Xtian men's movement sounds like a terrorist organization? Just wondering.

This is where "original sin" has landed us, boys and girls.

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