Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

8. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Pizza: (Or, How the Public Transcript Fabricates Difference)

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Thomas J. Whitley [+-]
Florida State University
Thomas J. Whitley received his PhD from Florida State University in Religion in 2016. He is interested in how difference is made meaningful, especially at the intersection of heresy, orthodoxy, and sexuality in early Christianity. He is currently working on a book that analyzes this intersection in 2nd-century Christianity through the lens of the little-known figure Carpocrates and examines how Carpocrates was reimagined by later Christians. Thomas regularly writes publicly on the use of rhetoric, classification, and identification in religion, media, and politics.


This essay heeds Aaron Hughes' call to focus not on amorphous, politically loaded, and problematic concepts (such as, what Islam really is) but, rather, on the work that social groups perform in order to build and maintain identities and borders by examining the work that the narrative that "Christianity is anti-gay" performs rhetorically and socially. Using James Scott's concept of the public transcript to analyze the "Christianity is anti-gay" narrative reveals how the public transcript is actively engaged in fabricating difference in contemporary religious liberty debates in the United States.

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Whitley, Thomas. 8. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Pizza: (Or, How the Public Transcript Fabricates Difference). Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 92-99 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31451. Date accessed: 24 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31451. Jul 2017

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