One of the nation’s most prestigious
liberal arts colleges is advancing a “queer theology” agenda with hopes
of destabilizing traditional beliefs about what the Bible says about
gender and sexuality.
Swarthmore College, founded by Quakers, is offering courses in “queering
the Bible” and “queering God.” The courses were first reported by Campus
“Queering the Bible” is a one-credit class that surveys “queer and trans
readings of biblical texts.”
“By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans theoretical
approaches, this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the
Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality,” the course
The school’s religion department is also teaching a class that questions
the sexuality of the Almighty called, “Queering God: Feminist and Queer
“The God of the Bible and later Jewish and Christian literature is
distinctively masculine, definitely male. Or is He?” the course
description reads. “If we can point out places in traditional writings
where God is nurturing, forgiving, and loving, does that mean that God
is feminine, or female?”
Key themes of that particular class include exploring the “tensions
between feminist and queer theology” and examines “feminist and queer
writings about God.”
Critics blasted the college’s religion courses and suggested they were
meant to undermine Christianity.
“This is about sanitizing and neutralizing the prohibitions on
homosexual acts that Scripture unequivocally condemns,” one observer
The president of Truett-McConnell University, a conservative Christian
school in Georgia, accused Swarthmore of prostituting the Bible.
“If there were a list entitled, “Best Snowflake Colleges in America,” I
am quite certain that Swarthmore College would be near the top of the
list,” Dr. Emir Caner told the Todd Starnes Show. “Keep in mind, this is
an institution of higher learning that has produced such ‘accomplished’
politicians as failed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.”
“While I am not surprised that lost people would so prostitute
Scripture, perhaps there is a rainbow at the end of the storm when the
student comes across John 3:16 and recognizes God’s unconditional love
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, bow their knee to the One True Living God and
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas
and a spiritual advisor to President Trump, warned about the spiritual
dangers of twisting God’s word.
“In suggesting that God is ‘queer’ Swarthmore College is guilty of
nothing short of modern day idolatry,” Jeffress told the Todd Starnes
“When you read the Bible you will discover that God reserved His
harshest condemnation for individuals and nations that practiced
idolatry – creating an imaginary god who conformed to a culture’s
immorality,” Jeffress said.
Swarthmore College did not return my calls seeking comment. Nor did they
respond to a question about whether they had read the Book of
Revelation, Chapter 22, Verse 19.
I also inquired about whether the religion department will be offering
courses on “Queering Mohammed” or “Queering the Koran.”
Something tells me they won’t be respond to that query either.