Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
Volume: JOTGES 25:48 (Spring 2012)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. By Michael L. Brown. Concord, NC: EqualTime Books, 2011. 691 pp. Cloth, $27.99.

After speaking at a church recently I received a glowing recommendation of this book. Thus I was anxious to read it, especially since homosexuality is such a major issue today.

Brown, a Jewish Christian who is an OT scholar with a Ph.D. from NYU, is the author of twenty books and is a powerful speaker and debater. Thus I had high expectations for this work.

Though the book is hard hitting, Brown’s tone is non-hostile. He wishes to warn people about the dangers of the gay movement and he also wants to see gay people escape that lifestyle.

The title is extremely catchy. And it is descriptive. However, since the word queer is still seen by many as pejorative (though some homosexuals embrace the term), I would have thought that a more peaceable title would have been better in fitting with the author’s stated desire to be gracious and irenic in his approach (cf. pp. 9-13, 56-57, 68-69, 74-75).

I found the book full of amazing material that reveals how far the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) movement has come. However, I also found that I was deeply disturbed by what I read and I could not take more than about an hour of reading at a time.

There are many points that jumped out at me. I will mention but a few here.

According to the Riddle Homophobia Scale, to be homophobic includes being tolerant of gays or even being accepting of them (p. 117). That is remarkable. If you not only tolerate homosexuals but even accept them and their argument that they were born this way and there is nothing wrong with their sexual orientation or practices, then you are still homophobic unless you go much further! What homosexuals want today, what they consider non-homophobic, is “support, admiration, appreciation,

and nurturance” (p. 117). If you do not admire and appreciate and support and nurture homosexuals, you are homophobic.

The homosexual community insists that it is impossible and even very dangerous for a homosexual person to attempt to stop being a homosexual (pp. 170-72; 425-26, 430-52). They completely reject the many testimonies of people who say they are now “ex-gays.”

Brown quotes from an article by Matthew Hoffman, a conservative journalist, who discusses the odd position in which psychologists and psychiatrists now find themselves. According to current psychiatric principles, if a man comes to a doctor saying he is tr...

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