"In this timely book that just might change the law of the land, Eskridge offers arguments that will be controversial among both gays and straights. First, he demonstrates that only the modern West has failed to provide some form of sanction for same-sex unions. ... Second, he argues that legalizing same-sex marriage would help civilize gays. .... Third, same-sex marriage would help civilize America. .... Along the way, Eskridge discusses the controversial issue of raising children in gay households. Finally, in an Appendix, he includes letters from a broad cross-section of American clergy -- Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, evangelical, traditional, and modern -- in support of legalization". -- front dust jacket blurb.
Contents: Civilizing Gays, Civilizing Straights --A History of Same-Sex Marriage -- The Debate Within the Lesbian and Gay Community -- Mainstream Objections to Same-Sex Marriage -- The Constitutional Case: The Right to Marry -- The Constitutional Case: Discrimination -- Epilogue: Fear of Flaunting -- Appendix: Letters from the Faithful on the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage -- Notes -- Court Cases -- References -- Acknowledgements -- Index.
Anglican contents include: Church of England: Excerpts from the Wolfenden Report (1957) -- Resolution on Human Sexuality (1987) -- Homosexuality and a Pastoral Church (1988); as well as: Episcopal Church: Statement on Homosexuality (1979) -- Report of the Task Force on Changing Patterns of Sexuality and Family Life (1987) -- Resolution on the Report of the Task Force on Changing Patterns of Sexuality and Family Life (1987) -- Statement on Homosexuality (1988) -- Resolution on Violence Against Homosexuals (1988) -- Resolution Commending Study of Human Sexuality (1988) -- Resolution on Dialogue on Human Sexuality (1988) --Resolution on Suicide among Gay and Lesbian Youth (1988).
Canadian contents includes: Presbyterian Church in Canada: Statement on Homosexuality (1969) -- Statement on Homosexuality (1985); and United Church of Canada: Sexual Orientation (1984).
"This is a study of 'renewal movements' in three denominations -- The Episcopal Church (TEC), the United Methodist Church (UMC), and the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) -- and their Christian conservative allies. Renewal movements are theologically and socially conservative groupings in mainline U.S. Protestant churches. The report examines the way these movements are partnering with African religious leaders as part of a strategy to destabilize and and halt the progressive social witness of U.S. mainline churches while promoting homophobia in both Africa and the United States. 'Social witness' is a term describing how churches respond to God's call to work for peace and justice. There has been little systematic, on-the-ground research about the connections in Africa until the Political Research Associates commissioned this report. .... 'African' unless otherwise stated refers to the people of Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya". -- Intro., p. 2.
Contents: Foreword dated November 2009 / Tarso Luis Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates, Somerville, Massachusetts -- Acknowledgements / Kapya Kaoma -- [Table of] Contents -- Introduction -- Executive Summary -- Globalizing the Culture Wars -- Progress Social Witness, Renewal Movements, and African Churches -- Family Values and Homosexuality: The Africa Context -- Follow the Money -- Money and Schism -- Homosexuality and Imperialism -- Collateral Damage: Antigay Lobbying and Legislation in Africa -- African Involvement in the Episcopal Church -- Changing African Church Leadership -- Takeover: The Conservatives' Ultimate Goal -- Renewal Movement Tactics -- Divide and Conquer -- IRD Ghostwrites for African Religious Leaders -- Looking Back; Looking Forward -- Recommendations -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- PRA Project Team and Advisory Committee -- About the Publisher.
"Project Director Kapya Kaoma is an Anglican priest from Zambia now leading churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. -- p. 40.
Downloaded Press release from Political Research Associates entitled "Groundbreaking PRA Investigation Exposes Influence of U.S. Religious Conservatives in Promoting Homophobia in Africa" [19 November 2009] laid in with report. http://www.publiceye.org/publications/globalizing-the-culture-wars/press-release.php
Includes bibliographical references ( p. 249-252) and index.
Contents: Foreword / Robert G. Lahita -- Dedication -- Preface dated Advent 1987 / John Shelby Spong -- Part I: The Revolution -- 1. Setting the Stage -- 2. A Biblical Call to Inclusiveness -- 3. The Sexual Revolution -- 4. Divorce: Not Always Evil -- 5. Homosexuality: A Part of Life, Not a Curse -- Part II: The Bible -- 6. An Ambiguous Symbol of Authority -- 7. The Case Against Literalism -- 8. The Biblical Attitude Toward Women -- 9. The Bible and Homosexuality -- 10. Through the Words to the Word -- Part III: Some New Proposals -- 11. Marriage and Celibacy: The Ideal and an Option -- 12. Betrothal: An Idea Whose Time Has Come -- 13. Should the Church Bless Divorce ? -- 14. Blessing Gay and Lesbian Commitments -- 15. Post-Married Singles and Holy Sex -- 16. Women in the Episcopate: Symbol of a New Day for the Church -- Epilogue: Enduing the Present to Claim the Future -- Appendix: Report of the Task Force on Changing Patterns of Sexuality and Family Life -- Bibliography -- Index.