A college located in California has started offering a course for the 2019 semester titled “Queer Theory and the Bible,” strangely placing the class under the heading of “Religious Studies.”
Pomona College, a liberal arts institution, offered up a brief explanation for the one-credit course, saying “This process of queering will allow and require us to approach the biblical text in new ways.”
According to the course description, the course will also explore “the larger discourses of heteronormativity (constructed around gender, sexuality, class, national identity, state formations, kinship, children, etc.) in which homophobic readings of the Bible emerge.”
“We will also look at the ways in which these discourses and the identities they shore up can be ‘queered,’ as well as at biblical texts that can be read as queer friendly,” the description continues. “This process of queering will allow and require us to approach the biblical text in new ways.”
The course will be taught by Dr. Erin M. Runions, the chair of religious studies. Dr. Runions research interests include “[t]he intersections of biblical interpretation and political philosophies, with their multiple impacts on political subjectivity, gender, sexuality, U.S. national sovereignty, and biopolitics.”
If you take a gander at Runions’ bio on her webpage, it states that she has been involved in activism for a number of years, her work largely focusing on issues like prison injustice, globalization, antiwar activism, feminist and queer organizing, and police brutality.
If you still aren’t convinced that Christianity is under attack by progressives in the university system, this should pretty much get you off of the fence.
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