Sect Acts

Ah, yes. Don’t come to the Tour de France with a tricycle……

The Christianist mafia which seeks to control the social scientific message regarding the impact of Christianity on social life just hasn’t quite banked on one thing—in mainstream social sciences, some journal editors actually read the reviews and the articles!!!! And, thankfully, some editors have at least read a little Weber and Durkheim and Berger. You can’t just  LIE about shit in reviews and get away with it in perpetuity. The fact is, science is built on reviewers, and reviewers who can’t be trusted can’t be tolerated. Or, they should simply be ignored when an editor just needs a few more reviews to feel like they’ve bagged the quota.

In the latest episode Conservative Christian Reviewer Syndrome, I actually had two nutjob reviewers suggest that the sociological concept of “sect” was non-normative and simply pejorative.  Jesus fucking sheep!!! Sect?! Larry Fucking Iannaccone has no less than three major publications with “sect” in the TITLE and he’s a proud member of a sect! Apparently some of these activist “scholars” are fine being the upstart sects who win America, but not fine with being the sectarian groups who oppose science and have members with minimal intellect.

One of the classy Christian reviewers  claimed that the Southern Baptists and the Assembly of God were not sects! Wow, a reviewer at a major journal who couldn’t pass my 300-level undergrad sociology of religion midterm…..and I’m grading right now….In the sociology of religion, the term sect has long referred to religious movements with some tension with the more dominant social and religious understandings, as Ben Johnson told us, echoing Weber, Troelsch, Niebuhr…… Obviously, the Southern Baptists and the Assembly of God are classic sectarian denominations, literally textbook examples. The SBC demands that wives submit to the authority of their husbands, and the AOG actually believes in possession by a spirit god and spewing prophecy through glossolalia (and faith healing!). How much more tension do you need to be a sect?!! I can’t believe some of the shit in these two reviews, and thankfully the editor ignored them and sided with the one normal reviewer who had some very good comments about how to restructure the front end of the paper.  The Christianist reviewers will not fare well in the market for reputations, and my revisions will be easy.

No, You can’t.

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3 Responses to “Sect Acts”

  1. Nick Says:

    Sounds like a good editor. SSR? SSQ?

    • sherkat Says:

      Not sayin. But, good guesses….The real problem is that I could not have blamed this editor in the least if she had rejected my paper. Two “rejects ” and an “R and R” is a reject. In another incident, I was getting both Christianist and left field reviews, and I believe the editor solicited additional reviews (we wound up with SIX reviews). I think the poor editor new s/he had a good paper, and was searching for reviews that might match her own gut reaction. But, she never got them!

  2. sherkat Says:

    Reblogged this on Iranianredneck's Weblog and commented:

    Some things just keep getting worse, and in the sociology of religion it is the influence and power of conservative Christian sociologists. I had a slight reprieve while finishing a few books, but now I have been dealing with Christianist reviewers again. Thankfully, I know well enough not to send papers to Christianist journals, and normal sociologists and political scientists know me well enough to know that I do good work. If you really think you can smear me as some ignorant novice who doesn’t know anything about religion and science or religion and sexuality or religion and stratification, you’re wrong. Editors know better. And, now they know what you are.

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