Seton Hall University may be forced to cancel a new class on gay marriage after the archbishop of Newark -- and Seton Hall Board of Trustees chairman -- expressed concern over it.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, John J. Myers said the content of the course "troubles" him. He went on:
"This proposed course seeks to promote as legitimate a train of thought that is contrary to what the Church teaches. As a result, the course is not in synch with Catholic teaching. Consequently, the board of trustees of Seton Hall have asked the board of regents to investigate the matter of this proposed course and to take whatever action is required under the law to protect the Catholicity of this university."
Administrators on campus defend the class. Seton Hall Vice Provost Larry Smith told the Star-Ledger that the class was duly approved by the political science department and the office of the dean. The course's professor, W. King Mott, said the class was "not about advocacy but about studying the issue from an academic perspective."
The Setonian has more on the course:
The course will teach various cultural perspectives of marriage, such as Eurocentric and Asian views, Mott said.
The course will also include an analysis of the contemporary political situation regarding gay marriage, such as Proposition 8 in California. Additionally, it will include a look at which states allow and prohibit gay marriage and what that means, Mott said.
Finally, students taking the course will write an analysis on gay marriage from a perspective they choose after they have been educated on the issue.
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