My First Book Review

Okay, a while back, I was invited to join a group that reviews books. The deal is that they provide the books for free and I write a review here on But Not Yet within 30 days. I’m little behind because I misjudged my capacity to read while doing chemotherapy (among other things, my vision took a temporary hit), but I finally finished it and now you get to hear all about it.

The Book is called Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay Equality” by the Reverend Dr. Mel White. A little background on the good doctor: he’s one those famous people you’ve never heard of. For years, White wrote speeches and was a ghostwriter for many prominent leaders of the Religious Right, people like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Francis Schaeffer and W. A. Criswell before coming out as gay in 1994. Because of this, White is uniquely qualified to speak on the motivations of these people. The first part of “Holy Terror” lays them out and, surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), the main one is money. If you’ve been listening to what these leaders say, you know they’re masters of using fear to whip up a crowd. This ability is taken to a new level in their fund-raising letters. Using the twin bugaboos of homosexuality and abortion, they tell us these two specific issues are the biggest problems facing America today and paint a picture of the devastation that awaits us unless we defeat (i.e. supress) them. Abortion gets equal billing from these fundamentalists but Dr. White, being a gay activist, focuses on their furor over LGBT issues. After a couple of chapters about the individual leaders, he covers the history of the anti-gay movement before moving on to his coming out and his early activism before the founding of Soulforce , a group he started with his partner, Gary Nixon which “is committed to relentless nonviolent resistance to bring freedom to lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people from religious & political oppression.” He ends with a call to non-violent resistance for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.

If you’ve ever wondered why fundamental Christianity has a such bug up it’s ass about homosexuality, you need to read this book. White does an excellent job of explaining the issues and, I think, has the best prescription to end the discrimination faced by the LGBT community. Go get it…, NOW.