The Right to Discriminate & Allies Gone Wild! Ep 13 of Queer and Queerer Podcast

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Zack and Peterson are back this week to talk about the Supreme Court ruling in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez and the good-intentioned but not always effective efforts of allies. Zack outlines the details of the case and the importance of nondiscrimination policies in higher education and highlights, in particular the dissent in the case. Marvin Bloom makes a cameo to help connect Leon Festinger’s theories of cognitive dissonance to the argument. Then, Peterson shares some experiences of allies gone wild, including a recent pride event he attended that left him feeling anything but proud. In preparation for next week, send us more feedback about our body image episode!

The Queer and Queerer Podcast Episode 13!

Listen to this week’s episode:

// Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Zack’s detailed analysis of the Christian Legal Society v. Martinez decision.

» Pam’s House Blend: Guest column by Chris Neff of the Palm Center – Advice to the Gays: its time to thank the President

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  1. Jendi on July 8, 2010 at 9:51 am Reply

    I like the point that you guys made in this week’s podcast about the difference between “welcoming” and “affirming” churches. There’s an evangelical church plant here in Northampton that buys ads in the Center for the Arts newsletter, promoting their church as open to people of all sexual orientations. But when I queried them about their theology, they are not affirming, i.e. they hope that once gays are in their church, the Holy Spirit will move them to “change”.

    I feel like complaining to the Center for the Arts that they are running a deceptive ad, but I wasn’t sure if it was worth the battle. Do you think any gay people would be misled by this ad and feel betrayed once they discover that their new church family doesn’t really accept them as they are?

  2. p2son on July 8, 2010 at 11:24 am Reply

    Jendi, I think it is well worth complaining. This is a predatory practice, and it is possible the Center for the Arts is unaware of the nature of the church. If nothing else, it is false advertising, especially in a place like Northampton, which one assumes is completely queer-safe.

    Thanks for listening!

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