chapter  9
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QUEER HOLINESS

Post-colonial revelations

If Queer holiness has a characteristic, it may be its un-representability. It is not that we should like to concede victory to the rhetoric of the so-called un-representability of God (which, by the way, has reached peaks of saturation in Heterosexual Theology) but to point rather to the fact that holiness is always the holiness of the Other. From a colonial reading of the strategies of the holy in imperial discourses, re-presenting holiness has been related to processes of duplication which succeed by erasing differences and thus normalising the praxis of the holy. The capacity to reflect on Queer holiness resides precisely in the undoing of the colonial path of duplication. Queer Theology acts as a mirror or as a scene (in the sense of the libertine scenes previously discussed) which allows us to search for the Queer who is entombed in us, pointing us to a different praxis of the holy in our lives.