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Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this powerful and timely book, Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini make a solid case for loving the sinner and the sin. Rejecting both religious conservatives' arguments for sexual regulation and liberal views that advocate tolerance, the authors argue for and realistically envision true sexual and religious freedom in this country. With a new preface addressing recent ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 2004 by Beacon Press (first published 2003)
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This book tackles the issue of sexual freedom from the interesting perspective of comparing the freedom of sexual expression to that of religious freedom. While the book's main focus is on the rights of gays and lesbians, the viewpoints presented in this book apply just as well to all sexual minorities.

The authors point out that the basis for all state and federal laws regulating consensual adult activity are religious in origin. Civil laws regulating American marriage are a place where religiou
Hannah Givens
What we have here is a case of mistaken marketing. The title, Love the Sin, and the cover (which contains mild, painted nudity and is not shown) give the impression of an in-your-face anti-religious political book. I was interested in the arguments but prepared to ignore the style in which they were delivered. Instead, this is a surprisingly academic book about the structure of social arguments in the United States. I assume it was a publisher’s effort to get people to buy the book, but still. T ...more
Roy L.  Brooks
This book presents some original ideas that might be easily classified as "counterintuitive." One such example would be the authors' desire for there to be an expanding amount of religious freedom along with an expanded amount of sexual freedom in the United States. The authors link religious freedoms and sexual freedoms by noting that freedom from the establishment of religion should mean more religious and sexual freedom. The writers demonstrate how this is not the case in the present-day US w ...more
Jakobsen and Pellegrini do not go far enough in their analysis. I was left wondering "so what?" after each and every chapter.
May 24, 2007 Rula rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I actually took a course at NYU with Professor Ann Pellegrini, the co-author of this book. She'd developed the class around this text, and somehow, it worked. Love the Sin is really eye-opening, and takes a nice, critical look at American society.
Very interesting thesis, but the argument was solid & I'm sold.
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“We desire more public space for secularism, space that would recognize secularism as a legitimate moral stance. But we simultaneously desire more religious freedom (which is not the same as advocating more religion)... We want the freedom not to be religious and the freedom to be religious differently... We think it's important for Americans to come to terms with th fact that Christianity, and often conservative Christianity, functions as the yardstick and measure of what counts as 'religion' and 'morality' in America... In short, for dissenting views to be heard currently, they have to speak the language of a consensus from which they are already excluded. The price of refusing to speak this common language is either not to be recognized at all or to be recognized only so as to be dismissed as an 'extremist.” 0 likes
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