Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

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Fall 2001


President Bush's response to September 11 — he has called this "war on terrorism" a "crusade" — is terrifying in its own right, framing the future as a reprise of the medieval past: several centuries of battle between Christianity and Islam. It's "going to take a while," Bush said. The White House may have subsequently backed off that rhetoric, but the metaphor (if it is one) draws on entrenched habits of thought.


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, vol. 11, no. 3.



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