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dc.contributor.authorNull, Matthew Todden_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:42:11Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:42:11Z
dc.date.issued2008-05-08en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-07292008-012620en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/34241
dc.description.abstractFor more than half a century, gay rights organizations have sought cultural and political equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society. The organization Soulforce continues that legacy, but from a distinctive perspective. Soulforce, has positioned itself in a unique playing field by speaking directly to religious leaders and organizations in attempt to alter their ideological underpinnings and subsequently garner their support for LGBT individuals. This level of persuasion is particularly difficult due to the fact that religious ideology is so strongly held and protected in American society. To evaluate the persuasive rhetoric of Soulforce, I conducted an ideological criticism of the documents published within the Soulforce website based on the foundation of McGee’s ideograph. The ideographs presented throughout the discourse coalesce to form the overarching ideology of Soulforce evidenced in the discourse. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals experience unwarranted , and as a direct result of the promoted by the religious institutions of America. This is the consequence of Biblical misinterpretation coupled with the misunderstanding of modern scientific research resulting in fear and hate that subsequently cultivate and . Only by directly confronting with and exchanging with can the LGBT community educate the misinformed thereby delivering their own , and full acceptance within society.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartTitlePageAndAbstract.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartDedicationAndAcknowledgedments.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartMastersThesisBody.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectGay Rightsen_US
dc.subjectSocial Movementsen_US
dc.subjectReligious Righten_US
dc.subjectMel Whiteen_US
dc.subjectSoulforceen_US
dc.subjectChristianityen_US
dc.subjectRhetoricen_US
dc.subjectIdeologyen_US
dc.subjectIdeographen_US
dc.titleCapturing the Chimera: Ideology and Persuasion in the Rhetoric of Soulforceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCommunication Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWaggenspack, Beth M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSewell, Edward H. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTedesco, John C.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-07292008-012620/en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-07-29en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-08-14
dc.date.adate2008-08-14en_US


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