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...Eastern Michigan University dismissed grad student...for her views on homosexuality
Ann Arbor News ^ | 06 April 2009 | Amanda Hamon

Posted on 04/23/2009 2:15:55 PM PDT by AreaMan

Federal lawsuit claims Eastern Michigan University dismissed grad student from counseling program for her views on homosexuality

by Amanda Hamon | The Ann Arbor News
Monday April 06, 2009, 9:49 AM

A national legal group has filed a lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University on behalf of a graduate student who allegedly was dismissed from a counseling program because of her beliefs about homosexuality.

The complaint was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Detroit, according to a federal database of lawsuits.

The Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom says student Julea Ward was dismissed from her graduate program in March after refusing to affirm a client's homosexual behavior prior to a counseling session, according to a press release from the group.

David French, ADF senior counsel, said the school initiated a disciplinary process against Ward despite the fact that she followed her supervising professor's advice and referred the client to a counselor who did not have a conscience issue with homosexuality.

Ward then allegedly was informed that the only way to stay in her program would be to undergo a remediation process to change her beliefs as they relate to counseling about homosexual relationships, the Defense Fund Center said. When she refused, she was given a formal review hearing, after which she was dismissed from the program. The dismissal was upheld March 26 by the dean of EMU's College of Education, the press release said.

EMU spokeswoman Pam Young released the following statement this morning: "Although Eastern Michigan University does not comment on pending litigation, we are a diverse campus with a strong commitment not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: academia; adf; christianity; discrimination; education; gaystapo; highereducation; homonaziagenda; homosexualagenda; indoctrination; lawsuit; leftismoncampus; michigan; perverts; religiouspersecution; sexuality; thoughtpolice
I did a search and couldn't find it posted.

Admins, feel free to delete if it is a duplicate.

1 posted on 04/23/2009 2:15:55 PM PDT by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

2 posted on 04/23/2009 2:20:59 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Shouldn't there be equal time for our Bill of Responsibilities?" -- Justice Clarence Thomas)
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To: Albion Wilde

refusing to affirm a client’s homosexual behavior prior to a counseling session??

Not sure what that means.


3 posted on 04/23/2009 2:22:29 PM PDT by omega4179 (Damn the world apology tour!)
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To: omega4179
She didn't say "it's wonderful that you're gay!".

Basically, she was dismissed for her religious views.
4 posted on 04/23/2009 2:26:26 PM PDT by atomicweeder
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To: atomicweeder
She didn't say "it's wonderful that you're gay!".

"Wonderful"? The term is "fabulous!" Back to reprogramming for you.

5 posted on 04/23/2009 2:29:56 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: AreaMan

I’m sure that the ACLU will be jumping to assist this young women in her case.


6 posted on 04/23/2009 2:30:10 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing Freeper)
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To: AreaMan; xzins; enat; jude24; wmfights; Forest Keeper
If she were a devout Muslim instead of a devout Christian, do you think they would have dismissed her for her religious views?
7 posted on 04/23/2009 2:35:20 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Somebody stole my tagline)
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To: omega4179
Michael Medved spent an hour today on this outrage.

It means that she followed university rules. She read the patient’s file and determined that she could not advise him because of his homosexuality and therefore referred him to another counselor.

The Left exists to stamp out those with a Christian conscience.

8 posted on 04/23/2009 2:38:46 PM PDT by Jacquerie (The failures of Central Planning cannot be corrected with more Central Planning.)
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To: AreaMan

Political correctness will be the end of us all. I just completed our company’s Corporate Ethics Training and passed by the skin of my teeth.

Instead of choosing the answers that I would normally choose, I selected the answers that I thought they wanted me to choose, AND STILL GOT IT WRONG! Their answers to ethics questions more often than not hinged not on evaluations of right or wrong, but on the perception of impropriety.

In other words, they were more concerned with what they “felt” others might “feel” about what they were doing rather than on the actions themselves.

I must be a dinosaur!


9 posted on 04/23/2009 2:39:04 PM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: AreaMan

Click here: The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds

10 posted on 04/23/2009 2:39:23 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Shouldn't there be equal time for our Bill of Responsibilities?" -- Justice Clarence Thomas)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Is it OK to say that Thomas Bulfinch's The Age of Fable is "fabulous"?

Slowly freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of thought are disappearing.

11 posted on 04/23/2009 2:39:25 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Jacquerie

It means that she followed university rules. She read the patient’s file and determined that she could not advise him because of his homosexuality and therefore referred him to another counselor.

Then she did not try to shove her beliefs down the gay’s throat and stepped back gracefully. The left are totally unleashed!


12 posted on 04/23/2009 2:43:46 PM PDT by omega4179 (Damn the world apology tour!)
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To: AreaMan

Homo-nazi’s.

They’re infesting out colleges and universities.

And - of course - our Miss USA pageants.


13 posted on 04/23/2009 2:52:58 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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"a strong commitment not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression."

Oh, really? Just what do you call this dismissal?

vaudine

14 posted on 04/23/2009 2:57:40 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

“I’m sure that the ACLU will be jumping to assist this young women in her case.”


Same as the Bishops.


15 posted on 04/23/2009 3:03:31 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: AreaMan
Here's another, similarly outrageous case, discussed by Dr. Mike Adams, who doesn't hold back:
Fat Lesbians on Crack

National Association of Scholars discusses several cases of "bias against students":
Help Yourself: How the Helping Professions Hurt Dissenters

16 posted on 04/23/2009 3:09:09 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Shouldn't there be equal time for our Bill of Responsibilities?" -- Justice Clarence Thomas)
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17 posted on 04/23/2009 7:30:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...

If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.


18 posted on 04/24/2009 6:08:32 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: AreaMan
Ward then allegedly was informed that the only way to stay in her program would be to undergo a remediation process to change her beliefs as they relate to counseling about homosexual relationships, the Defense Fund Center said. When she refused, she was given a formal review hearing, after which she was dismissed from the program. The dismissal was upheld March 26 by the dean of EMU's College of Education, the press release said.

Reason #1 not to return to my alma mater for the Masters. Bet they REALLY rake the education people over the coals.

19 posted on 04/24/2009 6:22:53 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Albion Wilde
Now, now, you know it's really the Southern Baptists and the devout Catholics that are trying to set up a police state.
20 posted on 04/24/2009 6:28:23 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (REALLY & TRULY updated!).)
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To: P-Marlowe; AreaMan; xzins; enat; jude24; wmfights; Forest Keeper
If she were a devout Muslim instead of a devout Christian, do you think they would have dismissed her for her religious views?

Not a chance! They would be afraid to, that's not the case with Christians because we don't harm, or kill, people who disagree with us.

PM - thanks for the ping. The more I see this garbage playing out the more concerned I am about the future for my children. We have fallen so fast and so far I'm not sure we are going to turn this around.

21 posted on 04/24/2009 7:23:48 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: wmfights
We have fallen so fast and so far I'm not sure we are going to turn this around.

We.... can't.

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." —Matthew 19:26

22 posted on 04/24/2009 9:02:34 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Somebody stole my tagline)
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To: omega4179

So, basically,

she is being punished for her beliefs, not for any overt discrimination.


23 posted on 04/24/2009 9:04:47 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: wmfights

Be thinking about a “reset”.

Secession, re-affirmation of founding principles, start over with the base Constitution & Bill of Rights, and STRONG safeguards against encroachment by those who would dismiss those principles.


24 posted on 04/24/2009 9:06:23 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, Bowman later)
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To: P-Marlowe
"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." —Matthew 19:26

Amen, and I do pray for it.

What I see is govt taking on the traditional masculine role of providing and creating order within a family. In the Black community we see what this has done and now it's spreading to the rest of the country.

25 posted on 04/24/2009 12:08:58 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: MrB
Secession, re-affirmation of founding principles, start over with the base Constitution & Bill of Rights, and STRONG safeguards against encroachment by those who would dismiss those principles.

I sure do agree about limiting the fed govt. I doubt any states will be allowed to secede.

26 posted on 04/24/2009 12:11:01 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: P-Marlowe; wmfights; All
If she were a devout Muslim instead of a devout Christian, do you think they would have dismissed her for her religious views?

Nothing in this article states specifically that the dismissed student was a devout Christian. There are other possible reasons why she may have refused to "affirm" the client's homosexuality.

27 posted on 04/24/2009 2:15:19 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: P-Marlowe; AreaMan; xzins; enat; jude24; wmfights
If she were a devout Muslim instead of a devout Christian, do you think they would have dismissed her for her religious views?

Not in a million years. The primary target of acceptable discrimination today is clearly Christians. I laughed when I read this:

EMU spokeswoman Pam Young released the following statement this morning: "Although Eastern Michigan University does not comment on pending litigation, we are a diverse campus with a strong commitment not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression."(emphasis added)

EMU is clearly discriminating against the grad student based on religion. There was an "easy out" to this situation, but the school instead chose to actively discriminate.

28 posted on 04/25/2009 5:32:52 PM PDT by Forest Keeper (It is a joy to me to know that God had my number, before He created numbers.)
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