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American Spectator: Chris Coons Must Be A Witch Too Because His Grad School Teaches A Class On Witchcraft

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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American Spectator: Chris Coons Must Be A Witch Too Because His Grad School Teaches A Class On Witchcraft

Witch2In a desperate attempt to legitimize the laughable candidacy of former witchcraft dabbler Christine O’Donnell, the conservative American Spectator has come to the Delaware GOP Senate nominee’s defense with a stunning coup of investigative journalism. Yesterday, the magazine’s Jeffrey Lord exposed a shocking revelation about O’Donnell’s opponent, Democrat Chris Coons — he too practiced witchcraft! Except not really.

Using a quote of Coons saying that he seeks to “apply the principles and values” he honed at Yale Divinity School — where he earned an master’s degree in Ethics — Lords pored through the school’s course catalog to learn, “What values does Yale Divinity School teach?” Making sure his readers are “sitting down,” lest the power of his earth-shattering discovery bowl them over, Lord reveals that Yale Divinity School offers a course on witchcraft — thus Coons “values” witchcraft:

So. Are you sitting down? Sure? Good. We begin.

Yale Divinity School Courses and Required Reading

• Witchcraft and Witch Hunting: Specifically listed as REL 717: Witchcraft and Witch Hunting, the “REL” presumably stands for “Religion.” Apparently Christine O’Donnell’s main offense when it comes to dabbling in witchcraft in high school on a date is some sort of Ruling Class snobbery that she didn’t go to Yale Divinity School, where witchcraft has been quite officially part of the school’s curriculum. The very same school from which Chris Coons insists he has taken his values.

O’Donnell herself quickly signed onto the attack, tweeting a link to the article along with the message: “My opponent wants to bring Yale values to US Senate. I want to bring liberty, limited government, fiscal sanity.”

Lord makes no attempt to claim that Coons took the class — or that it was even offered when Coons attended Yale — but more importantly, he seems to be suggesting that by learning about a subject, one must endorse it. This is of course, absurd. If a school offers a history class on the Third Reich, does that mean it “values” Nazism? What about a criminal justice class on drug trafficking? Or an international law class on genocide?

Speaking with ThinkProgress, Yale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge called Lord’s attack “utterly ridiculous.” “This was not a class on practical witchcraft,” Attridge said, to suggest otherwise is “irresponsible journalism – if that’s even what it was.” “This was a course on American history taught by a seasoned historian,” Attridge said, noting it explored the Salem Witch Trails and other witch scares. The school’s missionis to “foster the knowledge and love of God through critical engagement with the traditions of the Christian churches” — “If [Lord] thinks those are destructive or deleterious values, then I’m not quite sure what he thinks would be positive,” Attridge added.

It’s ironic that O’Donnell would chastise Coons’ “Yale values,” considering that her own apparent admiration for elite educational institutions has led her to misleadingly suggest she attended them — twice. The Weekly Standard reported earlier this month that O’Donnell had falsely suggested that she was enrolled in a master’s program at Princeton, while the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent noted today that O’Donnell’s Linkedin page misleading states that she attended Oxford University.

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by Christy on Sep. 28, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Is there something wrong with witchcraft? or is this their way to defocus on other persecuted religions?

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by Ruby Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 6:14 PM
Going after her for what she did so long ago is dishusting. It's no wonder we can't get quality candidates when we, the people, can't seem to stop buying into the persecution of candidates based on long past indiscretions. If she had deliberately murdered someone, fine, use it as a testament of her character, but dabbling in whatever she did that they are labeling witchcraft? Come on people, get the fuck over yourselves.
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