Witchcraft, Queer Worship, socialism taught at school: O’Donnell opponent salutes atheism.
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• Thomas Ogletree: The Dean of the Yale Divinity School during Coons’ time at YDS was Thomas Ogletree. Professor Ogletree has also been the Frederick Marquand Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Religious Studies at YDS. He is now listed among “Faculty Emeriti” after years of teaching Ethics, the very subject in which Coons received his degree from YDS.
A snapshot of Dr. Ogletree’s view of the world that he imparted to his Ethics students can be found in a 1974 book he co-wrote that bears this title: From Hope to Liberation: Towards a New Marxist-Christian Dialogue Co-wrote? And with whom did Professor Ogletree, future Dean of Yale Divinity School and Ethics Professor for almost two decades, have as his co-author?
That would be the late Herbert Aptheker. The same Mr. Aptheker who is known to history famously in the day as a prominent member of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA and the founder of the American Institute of Marxist Studies.
• Sister Margaret A. Farley: Sister Margaret, Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics — Ethics being Coons’ focus at YDS — has her own interesting background. She shares with a late colleague the fact of being the first Catholic member of the YDS faculty.
But Sister Margaret is not your run-of-the-mill Catholic nun. She is, in Catholic circles, famous as the Sister of Mercy feminist, pro-abortion activist. In 1984, Sister Margaret signed a statement supporting abortion that appeared as an ad in the New York Times. In a review of Sister Margaret’s book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, Anne Barbeau Gardiner, herself a Professor Emerita (of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York), titled her review of Sister Margaret’s book: Reverend Mother Libertine. Ouch. Why? Because among other things Sister Margaret is a staunch supporter of abortion, defends masturbation, “heaps contempt on the Catholic view that marriage involves the ‘total gift’ of self,” “contradicts the teaching of the Catholic Church by endorsing divorce and remarriage,” and makes a “full-throated defense of homosexual relationships.” Or, again quoting Gardiner, “defends the entire gamut of sexual activity outside of marriage.”
One does not have to be a Catholic, as I am not, to understand instantly that all of these positions are in flagrant opposition to Catholic Church doctrine. If one disagrees with such vehemence on the fundamentals of one’s religious faith, is it ethical to claim the privileges bestowed by the church on a nun? Yale obviously sees no conflict-of-values here, not the slightest ethical problem in the world. Which is presumably why Sister Margaret gets to teach Ethics at Yale Divinity School. And why Yale Divinity School has a “Margaret A. Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics.”
One last Yale Divinity School values reading assignment to take a look at in order to understand the values of Chris Coons and what they really mean for both Delaware voters and the rest of America.
That course would be 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.
LET’S WIND UP by keeping the focus on Chris Coons, the Democrat opposing Christine O’Donnell for the U.S. Senate in Delaware.
Coons is already holding public office, the job of New Castle County Executive. Knowing that he is eager to implement the values he so “animatedly” (in the words of his interview) embraces, how has he gone about this in New Castle County?
Here are but two examples of his Yale Divinity School values at work in New Castle.
• Prevailing wage costs: Coons put the Yale Divinity School social justice philosophy to work as a county council president by voting for a prevailing wage provision for county-funded construction projects. The ordinance insisted in its language that the social justice policy “means lower construction costs on public projects.” A year later, on October 1, 2004, the Wilmington News-Journal’s Ron Williams reported that, lo and behold, as a result of Coons actions the prevailing wage provision not only didn’t lower construction costs as promised, this Yale Divinity School value in action “has cost taxpayers more than $4 million for 12 county contracts” — meaning an extra $4 million than would have been the case without applying this particular YDS value. Coons also voted to have “the County or its Agents” authorized to inspect any employer’s private payroll records “to ensure compliance,” the latter precisely the type of “soft tyranny” that has helped ignite the Tea Party.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?