Skip to comments.ACLJ Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Student Denied College Admission Because of His Faith
Posted on 04/23/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT by lowbridge
Late yesterday afternoon, ACLJ filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Jenkins against officials of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland for denying Brandon admission to its Radiation Therapy Program in part due to his expression of religious beliefs. As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion."
Brandon first applied for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program in April 2013. He met the standards of a competitive candidate and scored the maximum points allowed during his observation. During the interview process, college officials asked Brandon, What is the most important thing to you. Brandon answered simply, My God.
Brandon was denied entry into the program. After Brandon inquired why he was denied, the Program Director, Adrienne Dougherty, told him:
I understand that religion is a major part of your life and that was evident in your recommendation letters, however, this field is not the place for religion. We have many patients who come to us for treatment from many different religions and some who believe in nothing at all. If you interview in the future, you may want to leave your thoughts and beliefs out of the interview process.
Brandon made several attempts to address with Defendants the discriminatory reasoning upon which they denied his admission to the program. In response to a letter from the ACLJ outlining CCBCs retaliation, CCBC defended Director Doughertys comments to Mr. Jenkins suggesting that such comments were merely intended to advise Brandon that "he not wear them [his religious beliefs] on his sleeve," and [s]tated bluntly, that is not bad advice.
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“During the interview process, college officials asked Brandon, What is the most important thing to you. Brandon answered simply, My God.
He should have replied, “my allah”. Then there would have been no trouble.
Maybe he should have said “My Dog”.
Technical competence? not important.
Demands the taking of informed consent? Who cares.
Hippocratic oath? not relevant.
Willing to let non-Moslems die by cancer?
YES. DING. DING. DING.
The young fellow did the right thing IMO. It’s time WE ALL stand up, and fight Leftist idiocy.
As I’ve said before - Conservatives generally do not have the disposition for “activism.” They tend be quiet, focused on their jobs, families and local communities.
But cases like these, even if few are far between, carry great power in terms of matching the left’s social-activism agenda. They must be encouraged.
Adding one more state I will never move to. Looks like I will have to ask Obozo where the other 7 are since I am rapidly running out of options.
He should have said his boyfriend.
He should have said Obama, or sodomy.
These fascist pigs need to be sued for everything they have.
I thought the First Amendment required discrimination against Religious people.
I have to look more closely. The ACLJ is not the same thing as the ACLU, which is what I thought I was seeing. It’s the Amercian Center for Law and Justice, a conservative christian law firm.
Asking a candidate for admission: "What is the most important thing to you?" and disqualifying him for honestly answering the question is clearly an unconstitutional religious test.
Ya mean....like a burqua? What would have been their response to a female student wearing a burqua?
He could have said abortion or obamacare were most important to him and he would have been admitted on the spot. These lunatic leftists don’t even try to hide their anti Christian hate and bigotry any more.
Do you really think that there are more than 5 judges out there that would rule against the school?
Are we sure we’re getting the whole story? When things don’t add up, there’s usually a piece missing.
Why should they? They have the ability to enforce their beliefs?
This won’t go to trial. Defense counsel is going to ask plaintiff how much he wants and this asinine college is going to write the check.
Yes, seems to be similar to the furball that ensued after Phil Robertson answered a direct question. I hope the ACLJ eats their lunch on this one.
Will someone please tell that ignorant "faculty member" to pass that word along to the Stage IV cancer patient whose bones are filled with lesions and whose radiation therapist's kind attention and manipulation on the therapy table and compassionate spirit are fruits of his/her devotion to the teachings of Jesus!
Hopefully so much so that these morons at the college are sent packing on a donkey with bad marks on their resumes.
Who have helped a many christian to seek justice through the court system. They do fine work. They take cases the ACLU won't even look at or don't want to be bothered with. Good for them.
He could have said the Easter Bunny told him to seek admission - what possible significance can be attached to any answer to such an intrusive, prying question?
Is it not sufficient that the student had outstanding test scores and was fully prepared for the course of study?
Hopefully, the award will be sufficient to discourage such behavior amongst the “Academented”.
just giving him a heads up
in the future, if he believed in traditional today, they’ll try to force him out of whatever job he has ... if it’s influential enough
Good for Brandon. If I’d been asked, I probably would have replied, “My family,” but if I thought it through, that’s not the true answer. My faith is more important, and if there’s a conflict between the two, faith will win.
I hope he gets zillions.
And I hope those clowns are forced to pay out from their own pockets too.
In addition to the settlement $$, I would insist on a full public apology in front of the entire faculty and student body.
Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Reading through the actual complaint (linked in the article), it's not at all clear that he didn't get into the program because of his religious comments. There appear to be other issues at play (his GPA, criminal history, etc.)
“As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion.”
Wow, damn good thing the Christians who developed Hospital and University systems centuries ago didn’t take that view...
OK, Mr. Dougherty, no religion in radiation therapy. What else? Can I get a list?
I hope that along with a check, part of the settlement is to give him admission to the school.
Or a better school. They can sabotage him easily if he is matriculated into this school.
Insert picture of the country’s Founders spinning in their graves here. #WarOnChristianity
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
He could’ve said friends and family, with the secret knowledge that his friends include the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and that his family include the hundreds of millions of people who compose the Body of Christ (the Church).
Yes, he could have said a number of things that were less “offensive.” My point was that I probably would not, when surprised by the question, have said God was most important.
War on Christianity, indeed.
If he was a mohammedan and talked about his filthy blood thirsty god, everything would have been just fine.
He would have gotten in if he had claimed that he did say "my dog", but he has dyslexia.