Thursday, July 29, 2010

More Fun From Our Colleges

Lawsuit Claims College Ordered Student to Alter Religious Views on Homosexuality, Or Be Dismissed

A graduate student in Georgia is suing her university after she was told she must undergo a remediation program due to her beliefs on homosexuality and transgendered persons.

The student, Jennifer Keeton, 24, has been pursuing a master's degree in school counseling at Augusta State University since 2009, but school officials have informed her that she'll be dismissed from the program unless she alters her "central religious beliefs on human nature and conduct," according to a civil complaint filed last week.

"[Augusta State University] faculty have promised to expel Miss Keeton from the graduate Counselor Education Program not because of poor academic showing or demonstrated deficiencies in clinical performance, but simply because she has communicated both inside and outside the classroom that she holds to Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity," the 43-page lawsuit reads.

Keeton, according to the lawsuit, was informed by school officials in late May that she would be asked to take part in a remediation plan due to faculty concerns regarding her beliefs pertaining to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

"The faculty identifies Miss Keeton's views as indicative of her improper professional disposition to persons of such populations," the lawsuit reads.

In a statement to, Augusta State University officials declined to comment specifically on the litigation, but said the university does not discriminate on the basis of students' moral, religious, political or personal views or beliefs.

"The Counselor Education Program is grounded in the core principles of the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association, which defines the roles and responsibilities of professional counselors in its code of ethics," the statement read. "The code is included in the curriculum of the counseling education program, which states that counselors in training have the same responsibility as professional counselors to understand and follow the ACA Code of Ethics."

The Code of Ethics prohibits counselors from discriminating based on a number of factors, including gender identity and sexual orientation. "Counselors do not discriminate against clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants in a manner that has a negative impact on these persons," the code says.

Notice what is going on here. The rationale for tossing her is that the code of ethics prohibits discrimination based on, among other things, homosexuality.

Do you see any evidence here that she has discriminated against anyone?

Does any of this sound familiar?

The left is attacking the Arizona immigration law because of racial profiling even though none has existed so far and the law makes the practice illegal.

We are to a point now in which those on the left are persecuting for thought crimes. If one does not think the way they do then they have the potential for committing a crime and this in itself has, effectively, become criminal by their way of thinking.

There is a real danger here and we need to be on the defensive. I am glad this is being challenged. We are at a crossroads in America right now and this lawsuit could keep us on the right road.

Note: Since writing this blog I saw this article.

Court Upholds Expulsion of Counseling Student Who Opposes Homosexuality

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counseling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday's ruling, according to Julea Ward's attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was removed from the school’s counseling program last year because she refused to counsel homosexual clients.

Ward’s attorneys claim the university told her she would only be allowed to remain in the program if she went through a “remediation” program so that she could “see the error of her ways” and change her belief system about homosexuality.

This is getting scary.


Mustang said...

When you consider that an adjunct professor of Catholic studies recently lost his job for teaching his students about —Catholic policy with respect to homosexuality, this story is completely believable. I want to say that I think the university involved here is behaving shamelessly and in violation of the student’s inalienable right to believe what she wishes. To the best of my knowledge, she did not make public statements in support of Iran’s anti-queer policy, nor advocate the same for this country. Of course, I think her attorney should appeal the court’s decision, but I also think she should counter-sue the university and ask for an awful lot of money (high dollar claims is the only thing most large institutions understand). With this said, I firmly believe the university has taken this action because it loves receiving tons of cash from taxpayers and follows a “spend a little, gain a lot” strategy.

The larger issue is that Progressives (communists) have seized our country and this is the price we must now pay for our stupidity in the past. The government will tell us what we can think, what we can say, what we can write, and how we shall behave ourselves in every possible social situation. This is social engineering —it is what communists do best when armed with an AK 47. The mildly amusing part of this is that when Progressive ideology finally subjugates every American, then perhaps the leftists will begin dragging homosexuals to reeducation centers ala 1984. Face it, Chuck … with cameras on every corner, hidden inside laptops issued to students, perhaps even inside your television set at home looking out into your family room, the government is keeping its eye on you. It hasn’t been difficult for us to get to this point, has it? I mean, all Apple has to do is say that such and such device is cool, and people line up for days to get one —even when no one understands what it is really capable of.

Mustang said...

Let me add, isn't this what happens when a young woman loses the Miss America contest because she answered a question honestly about her beliefs concerning homosexuality, and most of America only yawned?

If Americans are too lazy to fight for their rights, and fight for one another's rights, they won't have any.

cube said...

These are scary portents indeed, and also ones that illustrate
the sheer insanity of liberals.

America needs to wake up and bring common sense back into our
country or we're... cooked. How's that for keeping it family friendly :-)

Chuck said...

Mustang, good points. You hit on something I said to my wife, we need to make this costly for Universities. Sue them, $10 million, $20 million. This may make them finally understand.

Cube, they are persecuting thought crimes now. It's so 1984.

MK said...

"Do you see any evidence here that she has discriminated against anyone?"

Exactly, there is nothing, it's all about imposing their depraved fascist view on the rest of society.

The other thing is, why do the homos need counseling, i thought gay sex was like the height of utopia, the way liberals go on and on about it. Don't tell me the homos feel bad about their behavior.

Chuck said...

MK, both good points

Karen Howes said...

Just goes to show how diverse and tolerant the left is, Chuck. "Think like we do or you're out."

Mustang said...

Obviously, this really set me off; I can stop talking about it. We need to push back, folks. Yes, it is true these women can attend non-state universities (which are always more expensive); such would be the cost of standing up to our principles and pushing back against thought control. But what I mean by pushing back is this: launch PR campaigns designed to enrage liberty loving American Christians. It could mean that these universities actually experience lower enrollment and this hurts them in their pocket books. This is where I think the so-called Alliance Defense Fund could be most effective (since they haven’t been very effective in the courtroom).

cube said...

I can't believe the parallels to 1984 in our current situation. We have persuaded our teen daughters to read 1984 as part of their summer reading.

cube said...

I will recommend "Atlas Shrugged" when they're older.

Chuck said...

Karen, yeah tolerant

Mustang, welcome back. One good option is for wealthy Christians to start speaking with their check books

Cube, it is getting eerie

LomaAlta said...

Elections matter. Clinton apponted droves of liberals judges unable to apply the law fairly. They inject their own bias and racism, (AZ) and sexual perversion bias in this case.

Just imagine the future with hundreds of communists and perverts appointed by Obama. Very scary.

Chuck said...

LomaAlta, elections matter. We need to retake the Senate to stop Obama from filling the bench with more of these.