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Friday, December 02, 2011

Believe "gay is okay" or work in another field...

WASHINGTON, December 1, 2011 ( – After losing at a lower court, a counseling student at a public university in Georgia who was threatened with expulsion because she express discomfort with counseling homosexuals, is pleading her case before an Appeals Court this week.

A legal complaint filed on behalf of Jennifer Keeton accuses Augusta State University of placing Keeton on academic probation after she refused to comply with faculty instructions that she must, in their words, “alter her beliefs” on homosexuality and “gender identity.”

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is representing her. The ADF’s media office told the court had placed a gag order on the case, forbidding either side to discuss the proceedings.

However, many of the case’s details are known from the original lawsuit.

Keeton was pursuing a master’s degree in hopes of becoming a school counselor when she told faculty and students she would have a difficult time counseling a homosexual, because of her deeply held religious beliefs. According to affidavits produced by the university, Keeton had told other students “she would refer gay people to other counselors,” reported Inside Higher Ed.

However, ASU officials said Keeton’s beliefs violate the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, which states counselors must “avoid imposing values that are inconsistent with counseling goals.” It adds, “Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination” based on a variety of criteria, including “gender identity” and “sexual orientation…in a manner that has a negative impact on these persons.”

The school drew up a re-education plan that forced Keeton to attend “diversity sensitivity training,” go to homosexual celebrations such as the Augusta Gay Pride Parade, and complete essays discussing how remedial reading assignments about counseling homosexuals have impacted her beliefs.

Her attorney, Jeff Shafer, said on Tuesday that university officials instructed Keeton, “You don’t have to believe it. You just have to say you do.”

When she refused to comply on religious grounds, she was suspended from ASU’s Counselor Education Program. She then sued the state university for religious discrimination. Last August, federal judge James Randal Hall denied her case.

Keeton is not the only Christian to face disciplinary action for refusing to recant her strong Biblical beliefs. Julea Ward was kicked out of Eastern Michigan University’s graduate counseling program in March 2009 after she referred a homosexual client to another counselor.

The Michigan state legislature is currently considering the Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience Act, which establishes that colleges and universities in that state “shall not discipline or discriminate against a student in a counseling, social work, or psychology program because the student refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of the student, if the student refers the client to a counselor who will provide the counseling or services.”

(End of story, my comments follow.)

According to another article I read on this case, Keeton was interested in becoming affiliated with reparative therapy. So since such a therapy exists, it's safe to assume it employs licensed, degreed professionals. Professionals on the same level as this student was studying for.

Following that line of thought, why would a state university (i.e. funded by taxpayers) take it upon themselves to conduct this persecution of someone not comfortable with the homosexual life style who was aiming to get into an officially recognized field of therapy where her aversions wouldn't be an issue?

I wonder if the same line of reasoning would be followed for a Muslim man who expressed an aversion to treating women, a man who would refer females to other counselors. Would he be going to sensitivity training also? Maybe he'd be required to attend Tupperware parties or join a bunch of hens at the local Chippendales.

How about some chick who had been raped at some point in her life and refused to counsel men? Would she be told her aversion was unacceptable?

As always, some animals are more equal than others.


ABNPOPPA said...

It is quite evident that the college has erred in its form of counseling itself. Being made to attend homosexual functions is totally inappropriate. I would condone the diversity training as a way to better understand the lifestyle of the homosexual. Writing how this has affected my religious belief is again totally inappropriate.

That being said, it is time for this young woman to face up to life. If you want to counsel people you must be completely objective. It is the same as a doctor or lawyer. It becomes a matter of what is best for the patient and you must put your prejudices aside for the good of the patient.

She must decide, the oath of counseling or her religious beliefs personally, I believe she can do both if she applies herself.

Pops @Conservative Outrage, the blog

Anthony S. Layne said...

" ... [Why] would a state university (i.e. funded by taxpayers) take it upon themselves to conduct this persecution of someone not comfortable with the homosexual life style who was aiming to get into an officially recognized field of therapy where her aversions wouldn't be an issue?"

A: Because "taxpayer-funded" ≠ "taxpayers' opinions count". Otherwise public schools wouldn't get away with half the crud they cram down kids' throats.

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