Witchcraft, Queer Worship, socialism taught at school: O’Donnell opponent salutes atheism.
Serving in the United States Senate would be a “great way for me to apply the principles and values that were honed at YDS.” —Delaware Democrat and U.S. Senate nominee Chris Coons, to the Yale Divinity School Notes from the Quad, September, 2010
Chris Coons, the supposedly sure-thing Democratic opponent of Delaware Republican U.S. Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, gave an interview published this month in Notes from the Quad, a publication of the Yale Divinity School (YDS) — the school where Coons spent the early 1990s earning a Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) specializing in ethics, graduating in 1994.
Coons repeatedly expressed his determination to bring what he calls Yale Divinity School “values” to the U.S. Senate and public life in general. He wants, he says, to “put the educational and faith-formation experience of YDS into practice in the world.” Coons says he has always been interested in “values-based leadership” and “enjoys the challenge of integrating across the practical and the values based.” He sees his function as a public official as engaging in a “values formation role” and says he intends to use elected office as a chance to “apply the principles and values that were honed at YDS.” After listing the issues he would face in the U.S. Senate he says that making the “tough choices…is all about values-based leadership.”
If you’ve spent two or three years in a significant institution of learning like the Yale Divinity School getting a Master’s degree in Religion — and boast that when elected to the United States Senate you intend to bring the values you learned at that institution to Washington and the world, then the question becomes, in the case of Chris Coons:
What values does Yale Divinity School teach?
Values are transmitted by a university in at least three ways: courses, assigned reading, and last but certainly not least through the leadership and professors of the school. Which makes the following three questions about the Yale Divinity School values Chris Coons insists he will bring to Washington very important questions. They are:
• What kind of values are taught in Yale Divinity School courses?
• What kind of values are found in the books Yale Divinity School assigns as required reading to its students?
• What kind of values are role modeled by the professors or leaders of Yale Divinity School through their own writings and publications?
So. Are you sitting down? Sure? Good. We begin.
Yale Divinity School Courses and Required Reading
• Witchcraft and Witch Hunting: 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.