One of America’s most competitive and elite liberal arts colleges will offer a course called “Queering the Bible,” according to its course catalog for the upcoming fall semester.
As reported by college correctionSwarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, which consistently receives top rankings for many indicators of excellence, will offer a course on “queer and trans* readings of biblical texts” while employing “queer and trans* theoretical approaches.”
“[T]her class challenges long-held assumptions about what the Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality.”
The “Queering the Bible” course is scheduled to begin in the fall and will be taught by associate professor of religion, Gwynn Kessler, who holds a Ph.D. in Rabbinism from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In Kessler’s “Background and Areas of Interest” section biologicalhe states that his research “focuses on the rabbinic interpretation of scripture…especially on rabbinic theology and rabbinic constructions of gender and identity” and that his work is “situated and imbued with postmodern theoretical approaches , feminists and queer.
Emir Caner, president of Truett-McConnell University, a Baptist school in Cleveland, Georgia, said of the course on Todd Starnes Radio Show“If there was a list titled ‘Best Snowflake Colleges in America,’ I’m pretty sure Swarthmore College would be at the top of the list.”
“Keep in mind this is an institution of higher learning that has produced ‘accomplished’ politicians like failed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis,” he added.
“While I am not surprised that lost people prostitute the scriptures so much, there may be a rainbow at the end of the storm when the student comes across John 3:16 and recognizes the love unconditional support of God for them through Jesus Christ,” Caner said. “Perhaps such an open-minded student will recognize the conviction of the Holy Spirit over the noise of liberal indoctrination, bend the knee to the One True Living God, and be transformed.”
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, noted that by suggesting that God is “queer”, Swarthmore was engaging in “modern day idolatry”.
“When you read the Bible, you will find that God reserved his harshest condemnation for individuals and nations who practiced idolatry – creating an imaginary god who conformed to the immorality of a culture,” said Jeffress on the Todd Starnes radio show.
Swarthmore reportedly did not return calls from Starnes seeking comment, including requests to know if they would also offer a class called “Queering the Koran” or “Queering Muhammad.”
“Something tells me they won’t answer[ing] to that question either,” Starnes commented in a Fox News column last week.
Swarthmore College is a private institution located just outside of Philadelphia and was founded by Quakers in 1864. Tuition and fees are $50,822 per year and only 13% of applicants are accepted, according to US News and World Report.