Educating America’s youth: 1; Newark Archbishop John J. Myers: 0. Despite pleas from the Catholic leader (pictured) to have Seton Hall University abandon plans to teach undergrads about same-sex marriage, the course is a go. At least its instructor and students think it is.
W. King Mott, of Seton Hall’s Women and Gender Department, created the upperclassmen seminar “The Politics of Gay Marriage” for the fall semester, which was just lovely until Archbishop Myers raised a stink and forced the Catholicism-rooted school to consider whether the topic was too taboo (in a secret closed door meeting, which doesn’t sound gay at all!). But the university has finally decided to let the course go forward. Sort of.
In fact, Seton Hall won’t officially confirm nor deny whether the seminar is a go. But Mott says he has yet to be told Tuesday’s first class is canceled, and the class is listed on the school’s online schedule, complete with a classroom number. (Students are told to buy the text What’s Love Got To Do With It?: The Case for Same-Sex Marriage, by Democratic State Sens. Raymond Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg.) Some two dozen students are enrolled to have their minds corrupted.
If the class remains a go it’ll be s a rare victory for Mott, one of few openly gay professors on campus, who in 2005 “was demoted from his post as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after The Star-Ledger printed his letter challenging the church’s view on homosexuality.”
It’ll also be a crushing loss for the archbishop, who will have to go back to covering up priest abuse scandals.