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ACLJ Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Student Denied College Admission Because of His Faith
http://aclj.org ^ | april 22, 2014

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 CCBC’s retaliation, CCBC defended Director Dougherty’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: aclj; antichristianity; atheism; atheistbigotry; baltimore; college; discrimination; hate

1 posted on 04/23/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

“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.


2 posted on 04/23/2014 9:56:29 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Maybe he should have said “My Dog”.


3 posted on 04/23/2014 9:57:06 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: lowbridge

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.


4 posted on 04/23/2014 9:58:42 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: lowbridge

The young fellow did the right thing IMO. It’s time WE ALL stand up, and fight Leftist idiocy.


5 posted on 04/23/2014 10:00:01 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: lowbridge

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.


6 posted on 04/23/2014 10:00:18 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: lowbridge

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.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 10:00:46 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Diogenesis

He should have said his boyfriend.


8 posted on 04/23/2014 10:01:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: lowbridge
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland is gonna lose a whole bunch of money in the near future........................
9 posted on 04/23/2014 10:01:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: lowbridge

He should have said Obama, or sodomy.

These fascist pigs need to be sued for everything they have.


10 posted on 04/23/2014 10:02:44 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: lowbridge

I thought the First Amendment required discrimination against Religious people.


11 posted on 04/23/2014 10:03:16 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: lowbridge

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.


12 posted on 04/23/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lowbridge
The Community College of Baltimore County is a state institution.

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.

13 posted on 04/23/2014 10:04:19 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: lowbridge
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.

Oh, is that all it was? He was highly qualified otherwise, but was denied admission to the program!

14 posted on 04/23/2014 10:10:12 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: lowbridge

Bookmark.


15 posted on 04/23/2014 10:11:23 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: lowbridge
to advise Brandon that "he not wear them [his religious beliefs] on his sleeve,"

Hello? It was in response to a direct question about what was the most important thing to him!

16 posted on 04/23/2014 10:13:16 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: lowbridge
CCBC defended Director Dougherty’s 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.”

Ya mean....like a burqua? What would have been their response to a female student wearing a burqua?

17 posted on 04/23/2014 10:17:17 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: lowbridge

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.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 10:20:34 AM PDT by armydawg505
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To: Viennacon

Do you really think that there are more than 5 judges out there that would rule against the school?


19 posted on 04/23/2014 10:21:54 AM PDT by nickcarraway (D)
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To: lowbridge

Are we sure we’re getting the whole story? When things don’t add up, there’s usually a piece missing.


20 posted on 04/23/2014 10:23:04 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: armydawg505

Why should they? They have the ability to enforce their beliefs?


21 posted on 04/23/2014 10:23:10 AM PDT by nickcarraway (D)
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To: lowbridge

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.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 10:23:38 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Genoa

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.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 10:25:31 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: lowbridge
"As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the “field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion."

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!

24 posted on 04/23/2014 10:27:39 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Red Badger
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland is gonna lose a whole bunch of money in the near future........................

Hopefully so much so that these morons at the college are sent packing on a donkey with bad marks on their resumes.

25 posted on 04/23/2014 10:29:48 AM PDT by Ron H. (Impeach, Indict & Imprison the criminal Barak Hussein Obama.)
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To: lee martell
.... 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.

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.

26 posted on 04/23/2014 10:32:57 AM PDT by Ron H. (Impeach, Indict & Imprison the criminal Barak Hussein Obama.)
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To: lowbridge

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”.


27 posted on 04/23/2014 10:38:56 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: lowbridge

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


28 posted on 04/23/2014 10:40:25 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: lowbridge

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.


29 posted on 04/23/2014 10:44:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: lowbridge

I hope he gets zillions.


30 posted on 04/23/2014 10:47:21 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel

And I hope those clowns are forced to pay out from their own pockets too.


31 posted on 04/23/2014 11:15:56 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: freeangel
I hope he gets zillions.

In addition to the settlement $$, I would insist on a full public apology in front of the entire faculty and student body.

32 posted on 04/23/2014 11:17:41 AM PDT by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until at least January 2017.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Are we sure we’re getting the whole story? When things don’t add up, there’s usually a piece missing.

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.)

33 posted on 04/23/2014 11:19:54 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: lowbridge

“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...


34 posted on 04/23/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: lowbridge

OK, Mr. Dougherty, no religion in radiation therapy. What else? Can I get a list?


35 posted on 04/23/2014 11:32:38 AM PDT by mom.mom
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To: Psalm 144

I hope that along with a check, part of the settlement is to give him admission to the school.


36 posted on 04/23/2014 11:55:12 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Or a better school. They can sabotage him easily if he is matriculated into this school.


37 posted on 04/23/2014 12:06:06 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: wideawake

Excellent point.


38 posted on 04/23/2014 1:16:26 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: lowbridge; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Insert picture of the country’s Founders spinning in their graves here. #WarOnChristianity

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


39 posted on 04/23/2014 2:21:08 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Tax-chick

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).


40 posted on 04/23/2014 2:34:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


41 posted on 04/23/2014 2:54:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: lowbridge

ultrasounds....babies....abortion....gov healthcare...


42 posted on 04/23/2014 3:49:22 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

War on Christianity, indeed.

If he was a mohammedan and talked about his filthy blood thirsty god, everything would have been just fine.


43 posted on 04/23/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Veggie Todd
Maybe he should have said “My Dog”.

He would have gotten in if he had claimed that he did say "my dog", but he has dyslexia.

44 posted on 04/23/2014 6:25:17 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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