The Reappearing Act: Coming Out As Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians (Anglais) Relié – 6 mai 2014
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Translation: I think that “fish out of water” stories are really compelling. They force us to self-actualize, to examine the complexities of our social contexts, and to relentlessly interrogate the relationships we share with every and anyone of consequence who may hold positions of emotional importance in our lives.
The Reappearing Act by ESPN and ESPNW columnist (feature writer, TV sports personality, etc.) Kate Fagan is an immensely engaging memoir that provides the very best in these types of accounts, and while I am certainly not above fawning over a book I just happened to read and enjoy (I finished it in just over two hours and tweeted about it right away), I am reviewing this book because of an immensely important question it presents to the reader almost from the very onset and throughout.
If “sin” is an issue of identity or inherent orientation - that is to say something that is not chosen but rather experienced beyond one’s ability to control - is it possible to “love the sinner and hate the sin”?
Many religions attempt to answer what their respective texts define and identify as a central problem laced throughout the reality of human existence. That problem is described by the Buddhists as suffering (Dukkha), by the Sikhs as weakness or “five inner thieves” (Panj Dosh or Panj Vikar), and by the Christians/Jews/Muslims as sin. These faiths articulate a broad belief that humans are born into this inherent reality, while the holy trinity of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (see what I did there?) subsequently understand sin to also refer to individual acts that separate people from God. So, there is a “sinful” nature that human beings are born into - a fallen state of the world that is responsible for acts that provide a personal separation from the divine that requires direct reconciliation. Follow? Seems simple enough, right?
It gets complicated.
Kate Fagan’s book forces the faithful to examine how they feel about the idea of something that they hold in the abstract (i.e. the “sin of homosexuality”) as it relates to how they feel about someone they care about. If sexuality and attraction - the chemical/electrical reactions stimulating emotions and feeling in a person when they see another - is something uncontrollable and incarnate in a way that is woven into the very fabric of personhood, then how can you separate something you believe to be sinful from the person that embodies those very attractions?
This is where the “love the sinner and hate the sin” cliche breaks down and one of the reasons why I found it so hard to read some of the content in Fagan’s book. Chapter 10, in particular, is just heart-breaking. Here we are shown an image of Kate, just one day after fragilely opening herself up to a close friend in coming out to her as a lesbian, going on a somber car ride with this very friend that she should have been able to rely upon for unconditional love and support, only to hear the words “God is not okay with you being gay.”
This wasn’t a “God is not okay with gay sex” or “God wants you to remain celibate” (both of which many progressive Christians would dispute with assorted theological arguments grounded in biblical texts) but is much more damaging and exponentially more difficult to read. This was a God isn’t okay with you or what you are.
Love the sinner and hate the sin? What if the "sinner" is the "sin"? That gives you something to think about if you're a born-again Christian with orthodox thoughts on same-sex attraction. Perhaps this problem is the main contributor to the mystifying idea that people somehow choose their sexual orientations.
In terms of her writing style, Fagan flows with a northeastern wit and a twinge of sardonic humor that is characteristic of someone born in New England and raised in New York state. As a son of the great city of Concord, N.H. (thank you Matt Bonner) and a lover of all things Boston, I very much appreciated her storytelling, especially given the heavy and potentially depressing reality of her story. If you are a fan of good sports journalism, then this book will be a quick and magnetic read for you, as she commands an incredible ability to articulate very complex thoughts and feelings in a quick, concise, and simple way while not painting with dull, broad strokes that rob readers of the details necessary to painting a vivid and emotionally compelling portrait. For years I have been waiting for a book that navigates the shipwreck of social constructs, relational difficulties, and intense conditions of Christian America with an accessible and simultaneously sophisticated tenor. Kate Fagan has provided that and more.
I would recommend this book solely on the merits I just listed above, but I am writing this review because the narrative encompasses so much of the reason why it is important that we examine what things like “love the sin and hate the sinner” or “the devil has a hold on them” actually mean, both in practical terms and in the abstract, when they are brought out from the pages of ancient texts and into the real and living world. Thinking deeply about how we feel about the religious texts we read, especially in relation to those we claim to care about, and how those extrapolations from those texts impact how we actually define people as human beings is central to the study of religion and how it intersects with society. For me, this book by Kate Fagan is as rich as any work of scholarship in the way that these complexities and difficulties are hashed out.
Kate Fagan shares her struggle and journey through a world that is not very accepting. Unfortunately, it is a story that many have gone through and many are still going through in the world of women's sports. I applaud Kate Fagan for her courage in writing a book that is long overdue.