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US/EU democracy in action: Video of Ukraine Oligarch Kolomoisky taking over (mafia style) energy company Ukrtransnafta

Ukrainian oligarchs are fighting over the country’s oil transportation operations company Ukrtransnafta. On Thursday, the company’s supervisory board dismissed Oleksandr Lazorko from his duties as Chairman of the Board of the company. Mafia oligarch Kolomoiskyi then decided to raid the company and just take it over with his nazi battalion.

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What happens when Vladimir Putin takes a media exposure break? It is the news every hour.

What happens when Igor Kolomoisky WSJ-proclaimed as Ukraine’s Secret Weapon, raids the country’s main pipeline operator? No news there.

Video of Kolomoisky’s raiders arriving at Ukrtransnafta headquarters

So it is meticulously not reported by the “free world” media. It must have been the strong language the Dnepropetrovsk’s don used, when exiting the building his men took over Thursday evening. Or in the simple fact that the state of Ukraine is increasingly a ‘fact’ which is not reportable due to its withering. Here is a transcript of the final part of the video:

I just wanted to see you. Your fucking face. There are no other opportunities to see you, Radio Liberty. You don’t ask how this raider seizure occurred in Ukrtransnafta? And about how Russian saboteurs got here, huh? Why aren’t you asking about it? Huh? Or you fucking needed to see Kolomoiskiy?

We were freeing the building of Ukrtransnafta from Russian saboteurs. Who seized it. And you with your “Liberty” sit here and fucking ambush me. As a girl spying on her unfaithful husband. What, didn’t you shut up already? Or want to ask about the passports?* Or you want to ask something else? Ask me about the Russian saboteurs, why didn’t you catch even one? Radio “Liberty”, fuck. You’re the same “Liberty”, fucking like the one that went to the parliament**. Fucking Tyahnybok prostitute.”

Document’s have disappeared. There were some murky people from some private security company. Now they are gone. This was a trivial attempt for a raider takeover of this state-owned company.

And what I was doing here, I will tell you in the Prosecutor’s Office, did you get that, “Libertarian”? Why did you shut up? Ah? Why are you silent, speak up? Do you have any more questions? Or you’ve plugged your tongue up your asshole? Speak up, you are the Radio “Liberty”, a famous thing, broke up the Soviet Union, brought down the Bolsheviks… And you are ambushing me for the passports. Or for some used condoms? Where is this fag of yours, Leshshenko? Well, are you going to show this on your tv or internet? Hello?

Everyone was away, the Prime Minister is gone to Brussels, who was supposed to take care of this? They decided to quietly raid the company and steal everything. It was after we intervened that [Economy Minister] Demchishin came over, Savhcenko, this new one, the fat one (Miroshnik, the newly appointed CEO of the company).

I asked him: Where did you work? He says in the Lugansk SBU (Ukraine’s KGB equivalent). So I ask him, did you do smuggling there, or are you liberating the Lugansk region? Why the fuck are you here at the Transnafta? We have everything under control here. So he was with the Lugansk SBU, he doesn’t want to liberate Crimea. He doesn’t want to liberate Lugansk. He appointed himself [to the position of CEO].

Q: What do you think, who’s behind all this?

K: I don’t know. They told me it was Kononenko one of the leaders of Poroshenko’s Rada faction. Now I am going to the Presidential Administration, to clarify who is behind all this.

Interestingly enough, Kolomoisky didn’t bother to speak the official Ukraininan language, but stuck to Russian.

Once the sun rose above Kiev, the local Forbes edition supplied a more cogent story, which, of course, one has difficulties finding in “more civilized” languages around the web:

Kolomoisky outlawed

Today Yuri Miroshnik, recently appointed acting CEO of “Ukrtransnafta,” will try to enter his office at the headquarters of the state-owned company that controls the transport of raw oil and oil products in Ukraine. Yesterday, he was prevented from doing this by the governor of Dnepropetrovsk region Igor Kolomoisky, who arrived together with a support group in the main office of the company in order to defend his protégé Alexander Lazorko at the helm.

Earlier in the day, the Supervisory Board of “Uktransnafta” decided to suspend Lazorko effective March 19, 2015. Thus, the duration of his contract, which expires in August 2015, was completed ahead of schedule.

But Lazorko’s lobbyists did not like this: under his management Kolomoisky’s “Privat” group was able to successfully negotiate with all governments to maintain their protege at the head of “Ukrtransnafta” since 2009 and, thus, for more than five years to control the work of oil transportation routes. In the central office on the 17/8 Kutuzov St, force was used. Representatives of the “Privat” group barricaded the entrances to the building with chairs and draped the windows with posters.

Events actively developed until late at night. Officers of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” arrived, (“Ukrtransnafta” is part of “Naftogaz”’s holding structure), as well as the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Vladimir Demchishin, deputies and law enforcement officers and the businessman Gennady Korban, a close associate of Kolomoiskiy.

Demchishin stayed inside the building about half an hour. On his way out he said he had talked there with Kolomoisky, their conversation took place peacefully and without threats. “We talked, drank water, laughed – it was a long talk”, – said the head of the Ministry of Energy. According to him, Kolomoysky wants to explore the legitimacy of the decision to dismiss Lazorko with lawyers. When asked what representatives of the “Privat” group were going to do throughout the night at the office of “Ukrtransnafta”, the minister, smiling, replied: “Burn financial documents.”

Claims to the management efficiency of “Ukrtransnafta” have been brewing for a long time. In 2010, its decisions in fact, blocked the best routes for the transportation of oil by pipeline to the Odessa refinery, which ensured the profitability of production. Last year, with the help of co-owner of the “Continuum” group, people’s deputy Igor Eremeev, the related fact surfaced, that Lazorko approved pumping out 675 tons of technological oil from the pipelines for processing at the Kremenchug refinery “Ukrtatnafta”, controlled by the “Privat”. Among the private owners of the company is also the Kharkov businessman Alexander Yaroslavsky. “Naftogaz of Ukraine” owns 43% of the shares, but in the management of the refinery it is involved only formally. Raw materials were transferred to the plant at a price lower than the market, the state suffered losses.

Igor Kolomoisky subsequently confirmed the existence of control over the state-owned “Ukrtransnafta” and talked about his participation in the decision-making process by pumping oil from pipelines. According to him, it helped save the oil from the separatists in the Donbas, although the pipeline sectors from which the raw materials were pumped out, were outside the fighting areas. The emptying was overseen by Deputy Energy Minister Igor Didenko, who still retains his position. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk demanded that law enforcement agencies open a criminal case and prosecute those responsible for the illegal pumping of oil, but this did not yield any results.

Last week it became clear Demchishin was going to dismiss Lazorko. The Minister could not come to terms with the fact that the head of “Ukrtransnafta” agreed to a two-fold increase in the tariff for public storage of oil, pumped out by his decision from the pipelines in the spring of 2014, at the facilities of the Kremenchug refinery, whose financial flows are managed by “Privat”. The amount of the deal is 300 million hryvnia. Therefore, the Ministry of Energy initiated a meeting of the Supervisory Board of “Ukrtransnafta”, following which a decision was taken, which “Privat” did not like.

Despite his dismissal, Lazorko said yesterday that he intends to continue to work at “Ukrtransnafta”. The hired manager denies embezzlement of public funds in favor of “Privat” structures. According to him, storage of oil for a fee – “This is a forced measure” because resources are “nowhere else” to be stored. However Lazorko acknowledged that the majority shareholder has the right to suspend him from duty, but he was waiting for explanations from “Naftogaz” and Vladimir Demchishin.

The Energy Minister assured the legitimacy of personnel decisions regarding Lazorko: it was taken in consultation with the Cabinet and in accordance with the statute of “Ukrtransnafta”.

“With Lazorko as head of the company it will be difficult to conduct a comprehensive and objective review of its financial and economic activity … I met Lazorko, explained the decision of the Supervisory Board. I believe that the decision is lawful. There are definitely no reasons not to trust it, definitely not, “- said Demchishin.

The Minister hoped that the cadre conflict at “Ukrtransnafta” would be peacefully settled, and today Yuri Miroshnik will take up his duties as head of the state-owned company.

“This is a man who built a team that will perform specific tasks. This man is the best to lead the “Ukrtransnafta”. This is a man with extensive experience in law enforcement. As it turned out, it proved crucial in the present day “- this is how the Energy Minister explained his bet on Miroshnik candidacy.

However, the likelihood of confrontation with Igor Kolomoisky for his appointment instead Lazorko also remains high. Because “Ukrtransnafta” is an integral part of the vertically integrated structure of the oil business “Privat”. This allows them to control the oil supply to the refinery of Kremechug and manage pipelines to their advantage.

Thanks to Parliament yesterday “Privat” was another powerful blow to its oil business. The Verkhovna Rada approved the changes to the law “On Joint Stock Companies”, which call for reducing the quorum for meetings of shareholders of joint stock companies do 50 percent + 1 share already in this year. The adoption of these amendments allows the state to regain control of “Ukrnafta” Shareholders’ Meeting that is blocked by minority shareholders – the “Privat” group of Igor Kolomoisky.

Features of corporate law have long allowed the Dnepropetrovsk group to control the financial flows of “Ukrnafta” and block the payment of dividends to the State – the debt on these reached 1.89 billion hryvnia. “Ukrnafta” accounts for more than 86% oil and 16% gas in the total production of energy in Ukraine. “Privat” has been repeatedly accused of use at a low cost of raw materials from “Ukrnafta” for processing at the Kremenchug refinery, controlled by the group.

*”The passports.” Ukrainian and Russian media often suggest that Kolomoisky holds at least three citizenships – Ukraininan, Israely and of Cyprus. When challenged over it (Ukrainian law forbids people having double citizenship from occupying high-ranking government offices), Kolomoisky replied this doesn’t apply to him, since he’s got not double, but triple citizenship.

**The reference is about the pro-Nazi “Svoboda” (“Freedom”) party, which, among others, voted for the bill which ultimately caused Kolomoisky’s action.

Who is Ihor Kolomoiskyi?

He is one of the richest oligarchs in Ukraine and reportedly has accumulated an estimated wealth of around $6 billion using very questionable (some would say extremely violent) tactics in the fields of finance, oil, mass media and metal industries, such as hostile takeovers of his competitors.

He was illegally appointed Dnipropetrovsk Regional Governor after last year’s US/EU backed coup in Ukraine by then-acting president Oleksandr Turchynov, who is currently the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council’s secretary.

Kolomoiskyi funds a number of Ukrainian volunteer battalions that have committed human rights violations in the southeast of the country, where they have been fighting against the Novorussian anti-coup federalist army.

On March 13, the leaders of the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) asked the leaders of France and Germany to deny travel for senior Kiev officials, including Kolomoiskyi, to the European Union, over their mass violations of human rights.

The EU of course has not acted, because to put it bluntly, Kolomoiskyi is their type of guy.

References:

http://offguardian.org/2015/03/20/ukraines-secret-weapon-fires-at-will-his-own/

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150321/1019806548.html

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Doug Casey on Social Media: “Facebook enshrines stupidity”

“Just as Myspace was displaced by Facebook, I predict Facebook 2.0 will come along and replace Facebook.”

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Joel Bowman: G’day, Doug. Thanks for speaking with us today.

Doug Casey: No problem, Joel. It’s a pleasure to hear your Australian accent come across the ether from Mexico.

Joel: Let’s dive right in. A week or two ago, Facebook registered the largest single day loss for any one company in stock market history – roughly $122 billion. CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost around $15 billion himself, as much as the annual GDP of several resource-rich, West African nations.

Looking back to 2000, during the go-go days of the dot.com boom, Intel and Microsoft both registered staggering single-day losses, too… $90 billion and $80 billion, respectively. And we know what happened next in that case…

So, investors want to know… is past prologue? What’s next for Silicon Valley’s tech darlings?

Doug: Talking about losing multiple billions in a single day, it’s really a sign of the times. I remember when the only billionaires in the world were Howard Hughes, John Paul Getty and John Beresford Tipton– the mythical billionaire on a 1950’s-era show called “The Millionaire.”

These days, however, it seems everyone’s a billionaire. In fact, there are several thousand billionaires roaming the planet today, with new ones being minted almost every day.

Of course, much of this so-called wealth is just paper. It’s not real. In fact, it’s pretty clear to me that we’re in a stock market bubble. Which is being driven by the bond market hyper-bubble. And that, in turn, is fueling a real estate bubble, which I believe is just now beginning to deflate in major cities around the world.

None of this augurs well for the stock market. You’ve got bubbles all over the place. Except in the resource market. That’s the one place that hasn’t inflated. In fact, it’s been going down since it’s last peak in 2011.

Getting back to Facebook, I hope it goes bankrupt. I hate it as an institution. I hate what it does. I don’t like its policies. I don’t like its management. I don’t like the fact that it’s causing people to destroy whatever privacy they have left. While turning their brains to mush sending out selfies all day.

Joel: You’ve put a lot on the table there, Doug. Let’s unpack a bit of that, starting with the general tendency toward cerebral rot…

Many younger readers may not remember this, but there actually existed a time before everybody knew everything, when people had to read books and discuss them, engage in healthy debate and rigorous dialectic in order to learn and develop intellectually.

Now that everyone apparently has plenty of time to Instagram their kale salads and “like” one and other’s cat pictures, are we to assume mankind has finally reached the End of Learning…some new Age of Enlightenment?

Or might Facebook and its (anti)social media cousins represent – in addition to the potential fallout for investors – another, hidden cost to society?

Doug: Perhaps humanity is bifurcating into the Morlocks and the Eloi at this point. It’s true that people used to go to libraries. But even the Library of Congress has only a tiny fraction the world’s data available; libraries are quaint and delightful, but they’re dinosaurs.

All the knowledge in the world is now at our fingertips on the Internet. The Internet is one of the greatest inventions in history, on a par with moveable type and the Gutenburg printing press. A few people are using it to educate and better themselves—but relatively few.

Most people just use it for trivial amusement, as you mentioned. Facebook adds very little value to the equation. In fact, I can’t see that it does much that’s productive. It’s basically a vehicle for gossip and watching cat videos.

Joel: And it’s less than that. Aside from the general degradation of public discourse, social media also represents a kind of unalterable historical record of bad jokes and regrettable moments, accessible to anyone who may wish to besmirch one’s character or skittle one’s reputation.

We’ve all said things we wish we hadn’t. To err is to be human, after all. What do you make of a world in which everyone’s worst moments are readily available to everyone else – including potential enemies – at the click of a mouse?

Doug: Facebook enshrines stupidity. A heavy Facebook user is, in effect, saying: “Look at me! I’m a thoughtless person who doesn’t have anything better to do with his time”. That’s on top of the fact that users are exposing their thoughts, actions, and whereabouts to the NSA, the FBI, the CIA and any of a hundred other nefarious agencies. In fact, there are credible allegations that Facebook, along with Google and Amazon, are willing tools of these intelligence agencies. No good can come of being a Facebookista.

But that’s about whether you should use Facebook. Whether you should own Facebook stock is a different question. Even after the recent selloff, Facebook still has a market cap of about $500 billion, which impresses me as a lot for a chat site cum advertising vehicle. Especially one where most of its growth is behind it. A lot of users are getting hip to the fact they’re not customers, they’re the product.

Facebook was a clever innovation ten years ago. But you know, there’s an old saying in the stock market: High Tech, Big Wreck!

Just as Myspace was displaced by Facebook, I predict Facebook 2.0 will come along and replace Facebook. My understanding is that kids now see Facebook as something used by old people– people over 21 years of age. So if it’s going nowhere with the younger generation, where’s it’s future? Maybe it picks up a billion new users in the Third World. Ultimately, what’s that worth?

Facebook may not be a terminal short sale, but I certainly won’t be putting any of my own money into the stock.

Joel: Assuming you’re correct and Facebook 2.0 does displace the current market leader, are you hopeful that such a platform may serve to promote a heightened level of discourse? Perhaps people might find their way into “phyles,” that is, subgroups based on commonly shared values that actually have real world meaning?

Doug: I hope that, in a year or two, International Man itself grows into a community of likeminded people with above average I.Q.s, libertarian values, and real world experience. IM might, itself, even branch off to become its own kind of Facebook. A private version.

I know there’s a lot of talk about regulating FB, or breaking it up. That’s a bad idea; the government should have zero to do with business in general—and areas related to free speech in particular. I’m disgusted by the fact FB has kicked Alex Jones and others off their platform. But they have a right to do so, as a private company. Although, on the other hand, they’re almost a creature of the State.

But that’s not an excuse for the government to “step in”. What will happen is that a newer, better Facebook lookalike—or a dozen of them—will replace them. FB will self-destruct. It’s a non-problem.

To be frank, you and I don’t really have that much in common with most of the 7.3 billion people on this planet. In fact, while I like many individual humans, I despise humanity in general. The more people you put together in a group, the more they act like chimpanzees. Big groups force down the lowest common denominator.

There’s some cause for optimism, but only on a person-to-person basis. I prefer the company of people who value free minds and free markets—and I suspect most people who are reading this now feel the same way.

Joel: That’s probably a very good note to end this conversation on, Doug. Thanks, as always, for taking the time.

Doug: Meanwhile, we’ll look for something with the potential of Facebook in 2008… and stay away from Facebook today.

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Can America Ever Come Together Again?

The people who cheer Trump believe the country they inherited from their fathers was a great, good and glorious country, and that the media who detest Trump also despise them.

Patrick J. Buchanan

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If ex-CIA Director John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have lost a lot more than his security clearance.

He would have been challenged to a duel and shot.

“Trump’s … performance in Helsinki,” Brennan had said, “exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was … treasonous.”

Why should the president not strip from a CIA director who calls him a traitor the honor and privilege of a security clearance? Or is a top-secret clearance an entitlement like Social Security?

CIA directors retain clearances because they are seen as national assets, individuals whose unique experience, knowledge and judgment may be called upon to assist a president in a national crisis.

Not so long ago, this was a bipartisan tradition.

Who trashed this tradition?

Was it not the former heads of the security agencies — CIA, FBI, director of national intelligence — who have been leveling the kind of savage attacks on the chief of state one might expect from antifa?

Are ex-security officials entitled to retain the high privileges of the offices they held, if they descend into cable-TV hatred and hostility?

Former CIA chief Mike Hayden, in attacking Trump for separating families of detained illegal immigrants at the border, tweeted a photo of the train tracks leading into Auschwitz.

“Other governments have separated mothers and children” was Hayden’s caption.

Is that fair criticism from an ex-CIA director?

Thursday, The New York Times decried Trump’s accusation that the media are “the enemy of the people.”

“Insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists ‘the enemy of the people’ is dangerous, period,” said the Times.

Fair enough, but is it not dangerous for a free press to be using First Amendment rights to endlessly bash a president as a racist, fascist, sexist, neo-Nazi, liar, tyrant and traitor?

The message of journalists who use such terms may be to convey their detestation of Trump. But what is the message received in the sick minds of people like that leftist who tried to massacre Republican congressmen practicing for their annual softball game with Democrats?

And does Trump not have a point when he says the Boston Globe-organized national attack on him, joined in by the Times and 300 other newspapers, was journalistic “collusion” against him?

If Trump believes that CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post are mortal enemies who want to see him ousted or impeached, is he wrong?

We are an irreconcilable us-against-them nation today, and given the rancor across the ideological, social and cultural chasm that divides us, it is hard to see how, even post-Trump, we can ever come together again.

Speaking at a New York LGBT gala in 2016, Hillary Clinton said: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables … racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic … Some of those folks … are irredeemable, but … they are not America.”

When Clinton’s reflections on Middle America made it into print, she amended her remarks. Just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo rushed to amend his comments yesterday when he blurted at a bill-signing ceremony:

“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” America was “never that great”?

Cuomo’s press secretary hastened to explain, “When the president speaks about making America great again … he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions.”

Clinton and Cuomo committed gaffes of the kind Michael Kinsley described as the blurting out of truths the speaker believes but desperately does not want a wider audience to know.

In San Francisco in 2008, Barack Obama committed such a gaffe.

Asked why blue-collar workers in industrial towns decimated by job losses were not responding to his message, Obama trashed these folks as the unhappy losers of our emerging brave new world:

“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

These clingers to their Bibles, bigotries and guns are the people the mainstream media, 10 years later, deride and dismiss as “Trump’s base.”

What Clinton, Cuomo and Obama spilled out reveals what is really behind the cultural and ideological wars of America today.

Most media elites accept the historic indictment — that before the Progressives came, this country was mired in racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia, and that its history had been a long catalog of crimes against indigenous peoples, Africans brought here in bondage, Mexicans whose lands we stole, migrants, and women and gays who were denied equality.

The people who cheer Trump believe the country they inherited from their fathers was a great, good and glorious country, and that the media who detest Trump also despise them.

For such as these, Trump cannot scourge the media often enough.

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College offer courses on ‘queering’ children, the Bible

US Colleges are teaching students to “queer” Christianity and religion in general.

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This school year, students across the country will attend courses on “Queering the Bible,” “Queering Childhood,” “Queering Theology,” and similar topics.

Students at Pomona College in Claremont, California, for instance, will have the opportunity to enroll in a brand new course titled “Queering Childhood,” which will examine “the figure of the Child and how this figuration is used by politics, law, and medicine to justify continued cultural investment in reproductive heteronormativity and productive ablebodiedness.”

The course description explains that students will examine the childhoods of “queer and crip children,” as well as “childhoods against which the figure of the Child is articulated,” with reference to work related to “gender studies, childhood studies, disability studies, and queer theory.”

Colleges are not only attempting to “queer” childhood, they are teaching students to “queer” Christianity and religion in general, as well.

This fall, Eugene Lang College will offer a course titled “Queering and Decolonizing Theology,” where students will explore topics such as “the sexual ethics and ritualization found in the S&M community,” and “transgender Christs.”

“Christian theology is often depicted as a violent colonial force standing in particular opposition to LGBTQI lives. However, over the last 30 years people of faith, activists, and theorists alike have rediscovered what is queer within Christianity, uncovered what is religious within secular queer communities, and used postcolonial theory to decolonize lived religious practices and theologies,” the course description asserts.

According to the college, the course “explores secular philosophies of queer and postcolonial theory as well as their critical and constructive application to religion,” focusing on topics like “the sexual ethics and ritualization found in the S&M community, transgender Christs, and the mestiza (or mixed) cultures of Latin America.”

Similarly, students at Harvard Divinity School will be able to attend a course on “Queer Theologies, Queer Religions” this fall, which will explore the “project of ‘queer theology’” and how it relates to “larger aspirations of queer religion or spirituality in America.”

In this course, students will begin by “sampling the efforts to revise traditional Christian theologies in order to accept or affirm same-sex loves.” After that, they will move on to examining “forgotten possibilities in historical engagements between advocates of homosexual rights and established religious bodies (chiefly churches and synagogues).”

“We will consider the boundaries between queer theology and queer theory or between it and other political theologies,” the course description explains.  “We will test the boundaries of ‘Christianity’ while considering the varied forms of queer religion outside familiar religious institutions—in spirituality or spiritualism, in magic or neo-paganism, in erotic asceticism.”

Swarthmore College students, meanwhile, will survey “queer and trans* readings of biblical texts” during a course titled “Queering the Bible,” which will introduce them to “the complexity of constructions of sex, gender, and identity in one of the most influential literary works produced in ancient times.”

“By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans* theoretical approaches,” the description promises, “this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the [B]ible—and religion—says about gender and sexuality.”

The University of San Francisco is also getting into the act with a course on “Christian Feminist Theology” that aims to “develop an understanding of how feminist scholarship provides one fruitful means towards reappropriation of central Christian insights about God.”

The course will facilitate “critical reflection upon the experience of God, and insights from feminist thought,” according to the description.

In a similar vein, students enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s “Gender, Sexuality, and Religion” course “will read religion through a variety of feminist and queer theory lenses- exploring the key characteristics of diverse feminist analyses of religion, as well as limits of specific feminist approaches.”

“In this course we will learn about women’s and men’s rituals, social roles, and mythologies in specific religious traditions,” the course description explains. “We will also look at the central significance of gender to the field of religious studies generally, with particular attention to non-binary genders.”

To that end, the course will address questions such as “How important are the gender differences in deciding social roles, ritual activities, and spiritual vocations?” and “How does gender intersect with nationality, language, and politics?”

Campus Reform reached out to each of the schools mentioned in this report for additional comment on the courses in question, and is currently awaiting responses. This article will be updated if and when any of them provide a statement.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @celinedryan

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