New Anti Catholicism
Anti-Catholicism has a long history in America. And as Philip Jenkins argues in The New Anti-Catholicism , this virulent strain of hatred–once thought dead–is alive and well in our nation, but few people seem to notice. Jenkins shines a light on anti-Catholic sentiment in American society and illuminates its causes, looking closely at gay and feminist anti-Catholicism, anti-Catholic rhetoric and imagery in the media, and the anti-Catholicism of the academic world. For newspapers and magazines, for television news and in movies, and for major book publishers, the Catholic Church has come to provide a grossly stereotyped public villain. Catholic opinions, doctrines, and individual leaders are frequently the butt of harsh satire. Indeed, the notion that the church is a deadly enemy of women–the idea of Catholic misogyny–is commonly accepted in the news media and in popular culture, says Jenkins. And the recent pedophile priest scandal, he shows, has revived many ancient anti-Catholic stereotypes.
It was said that with the election of John F. Kennedy, anti-Catholicism in America was dead. This provocative new book corrects that illusion, drawing attention to this important issue.
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SKU (ISBN): 9780195176049
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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