Prof. with activist connections offering course on same-sex ‘marriage’ at Seton Hall

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Seton Hall University, an institution of the Archdiocese of Newark, has announced a course on same-sex “marriage” that will be taught by a professor with connections to homosexual advocacy groups.

Offered by the Department of Women and Gender Studies, the course will analyze the contemporary political situation regarding same-sex “marriage, such as Proposition 8 in California. It will also teach various cultural perspective of marriage.

Prof. W. King Mott, instructor of the course, told the Setonian it is not an advocacy course but that he will teach it from an academic perspective.

“It is one thing to say ‘I am for or against gay marriage,’” Mott said. “It’s another to actually understand the issue.”

“I hope my students gain an appreciation and respect for disinterested analysis that can be used to formulate an informed opinion,” he added.

Students taking the course will analyze same-sex “marriage” from a perspective they choose “after they have been educated on the issue,” the Setonian writes.

Prof. Mott is chair of the Faculty Senate and is affiliated with homosexual advocacy groups such as Lambda Legal, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Human Rights Campaign, according to his profile on the Seton Hall website.

He told the Setonian he did not think it unusual for a Catholic university to offer a class such as his.

“The best schools offer controversial classes,” he remarked. “The class is not about advocacy, but about studying the issue from an academic perspective. It’s about awareness.”

The professor said he did his own research for the class. He also writes and publishes on “queer theory,” which he defines as the academic study “of anything from an outsider’s point of view.”

According to the Setonian, Mott said the class marks the first time on campus a class exclusively considered “queer” has been offered.

Seeking comment, EWTN News contacted the Archdiocese of Newark. A spokesman for the archdiocese said he was unaware of the course and referred EWTN News to the university.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church recognizes homosexuality as an “objectively disordered” inclination and notes Scripture depicts homosexual acts as being of “great depravity.”

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