Michelle Katz ’09 sends in this bizarre new major being offered at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary:
New course offering: a BA in humanities with a concentration in homemaking. Strictly for women only.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program starts this month at a Baptist university in Fort Worth, which says such courses are needed to arrest the collapse of the American family and society — a view held by many conservative Christians in America.
It is sure to invite criticism from many quarters and could be a potential flashpoint in America’s on-going “culture wars” between religious conservatives and those with a secular bent.
Evangelical Christians number about 60 million in America and many see the country’s social ills as stemming from the decline of the traditional family with the mother at home and the dad at work — a family they see as Biblically sanctioned.
Critics see such views as part of a backlash to advances in the rights of women and gays, and question why many such evangelicals are also ardent supporters of the Republican Party, which is seen supporting pro-business economic policies that make it necessary for many families to have two incomes.