Weekly Roundup: The Problem with the Focus on the Family

Brad and Dan draw on Sophie Bjork-James’ new book, the Divine Institution, to demonstrate how Evangelicals use the nuclear family in order to both attack members of the LGBTQ+ community and draw attention away from systemic issues related to race and other public health threats. In particular, they discuss a) the trans bill and healthcare for trans children in Arkansas b) Biden’s executive order on gun control and the issue of gun violence as a public health threat c) the CDC’s labeling of racism as a threat to public health. 

In all three instances, the individualist, patriarchal, and heteronormative Evangelical view leads to either active or passive complicity in marginalization and/or violence against racial, sexual, and gender minorities. 

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