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God Hates


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Rebecca Barrett-Fox is visiting assistant professor of sociology at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.


God Hates is a disturbing book, not because it exposes the theology of hate and homophobia of Westboro Baptist Church--though it does so, powerfully and effectively. It is disturbing because it refuses to distance this church movement from more mainstream segments of the political and religious right. In this sensitive study, Rebecca Barrett-Fox reveals Westboro's theology of hate to be no less than the political and theological unconscious of the modern Christian Right itself--the less palatable but now fully visible heir to America's 'Puritan' legacy.--Anthony Petro, author of After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American ReligionRebecca Barrett-Fox examines the infamous Westboro Baptist Church with thick ethnographic descriptions and an illuminating theological analysis that recognizes a shared ideology between these 'extremists' and some less reviled, more powerful Christian conservatives.--Carol Mason, author of Oklahomo: Lessons in Unqueering America
Barrett-Fox's contribution to our understanding of Westboro Baptist Church is significant. She carefully explores the rhetoric and practice of the church while also providing a useful history of where the church came from.--Journal of ReligionBarrett-Fox's work is a noteworthy example of how sustained engagement with, and serious consideration of, one's subject, even one as provocative as the Westboro Baptist church, can produce valuable scholarship. Her comparative work in the book similarly shows not only how the religious margins and center can inform one another, but how relevant work on small and marginal groups can be.--Nova ReligioIf one desires a look inside the Westboro Baptist Church compound to learn how the WBC members explain their behavior and belief system, how they profess to love and care for each other, God Hates is a necessary book.--Kansas HistoryThis important book challenges readers to reflect on America's long history of homophobic religious discourse. It marks a significant and timely mediation on the relationship between religion, sexuality, and civic discourse in a post-Obergefell
United States.--Journal of Church and StateA measured account of the work and people of the Westboro Baptist Church. The strength of the book is in its explication of the WBC position's logic.--ChoiceBarrett-Fox meticulously outlines the theology, history, ministry, and political ideology [of the Westboro Baptist Church].--New Territory MagazineBarrett-Fox gives us the first full-scale examination of Westboro, and it makes for fascinating and horrifying reading.--Journal of American HistoryBeautifully written, engaging, and very accessible.--Sociology of Religion

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