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How to Stop Arguing About Religion but Make Your Point
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Jay McShann A
Religious objections still interfere with the equality of LGBTQ people, and arguments from the Bible, tradition, and religious authorities, are cited by critics to justify discrimination and abuse. We've heard the arguments and responses for over 50 years yet they continue, producing more heat than light as well as frustration for the arguer. Few walk away from such discussions feeling good about their responses. This workshop’s goal is to put religious arguments into perspective, not to argue about, for example “what the Bible really says,” but to explore strategies to defuse and redirect even the most difficult arguments effectively into the issues that lie beneath the religious arguments where the healing can begin. All attendees will receive the booklet When You’re Having a Religious Argument.
Robert N. Minor, The Fairness Project and The University of Kansas
Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. His eight books include When Religion Is an Addiction; Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society (called one of the “Top Gay Books of 2003”), and Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to be Human (finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Independent Publisher Book Award). He is a single parent of a 42 year-old son and a seven-year-old grandson. He has served on, and presided over numerous boards and taskforces in the area of human rights and lectured and led workshops on gender, homophobia, racism, and healthy activism for universities, colleges, national and regional PFLAG conferences and meetings, churches, businesses, government organizations and religious groups and workshops on LGBTQ growth beyond "coming out." He received GLAAD’s Leadership Award for Education. His website is fairnessproject.org.