Here, have a match to light that fuel of indignation…
They’re called “Queering the Bible” and “Queering God.”
And they’re real.
As Ethan Cai reports for CampusReform, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania is showing fair-minded people that, once more, contemporary colleges are offering young people the opportunity to acquire truly valuable skills to help them in the “real world” – and help the real world when they enter it.
In the most recent semester, for example, Swarthmore offered a course entitled “Queering God.” And, just in case you want to soak up the ambience of erudition, here’s some info:
Its course description says the class “stretch[es] the limits of gendering-and sexing-the divine.” Key themes of the class, also outlined in the course description, include gender, embodiment, masculinity, liberation, sexuality, and feminist and queer theory.
The brilliance is nearly blinding. If only Aristotle had offered something like this at his Lyceum. If only Thomas Aquinas had pushed for this during the Scholastic Movement in the Middle Ages. All that effort to try to handle teleology, all those proofs of the Unmoved Mover…what were they thinking?
Cai goes on to note:
The course, taught by Professor Gwynn Kessler, questions whether God is a masculine or feminine figure through the examination of feminist and queer writings.
And Professor Kessler has an utterly stellar background providing educational insight for the real world without a hint of a collectivist-postmodernist agenda.
Kessler has taught many different courses, some of which are on Jewish History, Judaism and Gender, Judaism and Ecology, Feminist Theology, and Religion and Gender. In her university bio, it says that her work fits the categories of ‘postmodern, feminist, and queer theoretical approaches.’
Is it any wonder why more and more people are telling teens to avoid liberal arts schools, and to, instead, concentrate on a specific trade school or go straight into a trade itself?
And is this even a worthwhile approach to liberal arts education, deconstructing the Bible and God through materialist, politically-charged notions of “equality” and “gender bias”?
Queering the Bible is a similar course that the institution offers, which uses Biblical readings from a queer and transgender perspective to explore sex, identity, and gender.
And one student, who asked to remain anonymous, told CampusReform that “the school demonstrates ‘normalized progressivism, unfazed by even the most controversial topics.’”
Which strengthens the validity of the theory that college and university education has been watered down over the decades, and that shallow, politically charged courses have been sprouting like mold on the decaying body, even as federal school loans have subsidized demand for college -- raising costs, and lowering quality -- and federal grants to the institutions themselves have taken already left-leaning academic environments and turned them into social justice warrior circuses.
Colleges should be free to provide dumb, possibly insulting, useless courses that upset people like me any time. Let them fail for doing so. The trouble arises when these same colleges receive tax money, thus forcing me and others to pay them regardless of how we feel. Freedom is, as a result, removed from the equation.
Although Swarthmore has a vast endowment, that, according to its website, provides more than half of its revenue, the school also not only receives federal grants, it hosts students who receive federal college loans and grants. And that’s money that could go directly into funding this kind of nonsensical “education” about “Queering God.”
Now, to be fair, perhaps some people want to study the Bible in this way. The point is that people should be free to be able disconnect from the payment system for it, and to allow for differing interests to follow their differing paths peacefully.
And that is not what happens when any form of government gets involved with education.
Something valuable to extricate from the jaws of this craziness at Swarthmore. And, this time, we didn’t have to pay for the lesson through tax expropriation.