I remember years ago I read about Catholic colleges having to take down the crucifix's in their classrooms because it was 'offensive' to those attending school there who weren't Catholic. After my initial "What the f@*k?" moment I was pissed. As in; "Use common sense! If you CHOOSE to go to a Catholic school then EXPECT them to have crucifixes around. It's their religion and THEIR school." But of course common sense went out the door about 15 years ago and it's never found its way back.
Tonight I'm wasting a bit of time before bed; having some hot coffee (decaf - tastes like crap but I don't need to be having MORE caffeine on top of the strong, black cup of hot coffee I had at 4:00...) and I am just be-bopping through some random stories when I come across THIS ONE - which again, made me say "What the f@*k?"
Seriously people... STOP.
Bits and pieces from the article:
"if you are talking about the God of the Methodist religion,
then it’s just plain inaccurate to refer to Him as anything but “Him.”
It would be like teaching Hamlet and calling Hamlet “she.”
".... divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have instructed their professors to start using more “inclusive” language when referring to God because the masculine pronouns “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy.”
For example: This year’s divinity course catalogue at Vanderbilt tells professors to give “consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” because the school “commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism.”
“It is up to the individual professor’s interpretation for their classes and is suggestive rather than mandatory,” the associate dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt’s divinity school, Melissa Snarr, said in an e-mail to Heat Street.
Now, that may sound fair, but in many cases, it’s really not up to the professor. For example, if we are talking about the Christian God, every single reference to Him in the Bible uses a masculine pronoun . . . which kind of gives you the vibe that Christians have decided that their god is a dude. The fact is, teaching anything else would be giving inaccurate information — which is what makes Duke’s particular guidelines even more absurd.
According to Heat Street, Duke’s particular divinity school is “geared toward people already working in the Methodist church, taking supplemental weekend or summer classes.” Yes, “Methodist,” as in the Christian religion that has already completely, officially, 100 percent decided that their God is a man. And yet, Duke’s guidelines suggest avoiding gender specific pronouns when discussing Him and suggest using “God” and “Godself” instead.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443878/top-divinity-schools-use-gender-neutral-language-refer-god