Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Bonus Ep. 4: God, Rock and Roll, and Bloody Noses w/ Leah Payne

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Our monthly bonus episode begins with a visit from Dr. Leah Payne, author of God Gave you Rock and Roll: A History of Contemporary Christian Music. Brad and Dan ask her about the cultural significance of God rock and the ways that it reflects White evangelicalism’s ideal family, gender roles, and sexual ethic. They all also tell hilarious stories of their own youthful experiences with Christian music – including the time Dan broke a dude’s nose in a mosh pit and then prayed it out with him as a good brother in Christ.

In the second hour, they turn to the Trump immunity trial and the ways it is threatening to tank the Jack Smith case and erode our democracy from within. Dan then does a deep dive into a report about trans care coming out of the UK – something that will make its way across the pond soon to the ears of every Uncle Ron in the country.

The episode finishes with responses to a few very thoughtful AMAs.

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