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).
Jose M. Gabilondo,
When God Hates: How Liberal Guilt Lets the New Right Get Away With Murder
Wake Forest L. Rev.
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