U.S. Senate Candidate Chris Coons (D-Delaware) has stated in an interview with Notes From the Quad that serving in the U.S. Senate would be a "great way for me to apply the principles and values that were honed at YDS." And just what were some of those required courses that Yale Divinity School requires for a Masters degree? Let's take a look...
- "Specifically listed as REL 717: Witchcraft and Witch Hunting, the "REL" presumably stands for "Religion." Apparently Christine O'Donnell's main offense when it comes to dabbling in witchcraft in high school on a date is some sort of Ruling Class snobbery that she didn't go to Yale Divinity School, where witchcraft has been quite officially part of the school's curriculum. The very same school from which Chris Coons insists he has taken his values.
- Queer Worship. You read that right. The formal name for this course is REL 786, Liturgy and Gender (Queer Worship). Queer Worship, you see, stands for…stands for…well, let's just say the course description says in the wonderfully baroque style of academia that the course offers students like Mr. Coons once was "the opportunity to reflect critically on how ….queer theories and theologies are impacting how Christian worship is performed and reflected upon."
Feminist/Womanist/Gendered Theologies:This course is listed as "REL 749."..Mandatory YDS reading for this gem?.. Mujerista Theology by Ada Maria Asisi-Diaz. Mujerista theology brings it all together. Feminist theology and Latin American liberation theology nicely stirred so that when Coons is assigned to, say, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Delaware voters can rest assured the values Coons learned at Yale Divinity School are shared with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
- Just Hospitality. REL 922. The mandatory reading features The Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Written some thirty years ago by Paulo Freire, a Brazilian educator who died in 1997, Freire was…can you guess? -- a committed socialist."
I think we can see where this is all leading to. If Ms. O'Donnell's transgression many years ago was to dabble in the craft as an adolecent, what excuse does Coons have for willingly absorbing it as an adult?