8. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Pizza: (Or, How the Public Transcript Fabricates Difference)
Thomas J. Whitley [+]
Florida State University
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.