The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right

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Regulation, Restoration, Reconstruction Conservative Christianity and the State

Up to this point my focus has been almost exclusively on the CR's antigay agenda and politics. I have discussed the historical emergence of the gay subject in conservative Christian discourse (chapter 2), the representation of gay and lesbian sexuality by the CR (chapters 3 and 4), issues to do with the CR's "rights politics" (chapter 5), and the operationalization of the CR's antigay agenda in the Colorado Amendment 2 struggle (chapter 6). In this final chapter I move from this focus to consider the CR's relationship with the state at a wider level (see Diamond 1995; Fields 1991; Lienesch 1993; Moen 1995). 1

One important tactic in CR antigay politics is to decry the edicts of a "Big Brother" state. As I discussed previously, the CR has been quite successful at capitalizing on a general feeling of discontent and demoralization with government. Much of this has involved the CR in supporting calls to downsize the state and to prevent it from impinging upon the intimacies of people's lives. Gay

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