Faculty Publications
 

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Excerpt

By connecting the ideological maneuvering of the New Right, strong religion, and straight supremacy, this Essay ties together three projects of great current interest. First, as a study in ideology, it shows how the "Ideology Snatchers" of the New Right co-opted the liberal register by reframing it so as to neutralize its political valence. Second, I point out the strength of the religious undertow is in the current battle of ideas about the professional culture of academe. Third, I show that at the heart of strong religion is a constitutive investment in normative heterosexuality as a family trait. It puts the sects on a crash course with the future. Small wonder that gay-rights advances activate the "trigger-backlash cycle" like no other social trigger (not even abortion rights, their next closest kin).