Skip to comments.Augusta State Univ to Counseling Student: Change [Christian] Beliefs or Get Out
Posted on 07/22/2010 1:49:10 PM PDT by topher
Thursday July 22, 2010
Augusta State Univ. to Counseling Student: Change Beliefs or Get Out
AUGUSTA, Georgia, July 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed suit against Augusta State University Wednesday on behalf of a counseling student who was allegedly told that her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. The student, Jennifer Keeton, says she has been told to stop communicating her beliefs and that she must undergo "training" to accept homosexuality in order to graduate from the counseling program.
Augusta State ordered Keeton to undergo a re-education plan, in which she must attend diversity sensitivity training, complete additional remedial reading, and write papers to describe their impact on her beliefs. If she does not change her beliefs or agree to the plan, the university says it will expel her from the Counselor Education Program.
A public university student shouldnt be threatened with expulsion for being a Christian and refusing to publicly renounce her faith, but thats exactly whats happening here. Simply put, the university is imposing thought reform, said ADF Senior Counsel David French.
Abandoning ones own religious beliefs should not be a precondition at a public university for obtaining a degree. This type of leftist zero-tolerance policy is in place at far too many universities, and it must stop."
Keeton, 24, is pursuing her masters degree in counseling at Augusta State. Lawyers say that after her professors learned of her biblical beliefs, specifically her views on homosexual conduct, the school imposed the re-education plan. Keeton says she never denigrated anyone in communicating her beliefs but merely stated factually what they were in appropriate contexts.
The plan, according to ADF lawyers, assails Keetons beliefs as inconsistent with the counseling profession and expresses suspicion over Jens ability to be a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) populations. They say the plan requires her to take steps to change her beliefs through additional assignments and additional diversity sensitivity training" and to work to increase exposure and interactions with gay populations. One such activity could be attending the Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.
Each month, Keeton is allegedly required to complete a report on how the remediation assignments have influenced her beliefs so that faculty can decide the appropriateness of her continuation in the counseling program. Lawyers say the plan concludes by noting that failure to complete all elements of the remediation plan will result in dismissal from the Counselor Education Program.
In an ADF video, Keeton said that, While I want to stay in the school counseling program, I know that I can't honestly complete the remediation plan knowing that I would have to alter my beliefs." "I'm not willing to, and I know I can't, change my Biblical views," she said.
ADF attorneys filed the complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley with the U.S. District Court for the District of Georgia.
ADF is currently litigating a similar case involving a counseling student at Eastern Michigan University and successfully resolved a case at Missouri State University. Also in litigation is a case involving a Georgia counselor fired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because she would not agree to affirm homosexual behavior as morally acceptable.
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I fear that there will be demands made by the fedgov very soon that all Christianity accommodate the sodomites.
Her lawsuit is against Dr. Mary Jane Anderson-Wiley. According to the South Carolina Counseling Association’s website (http://www.sccounselor.org/uploads/Executive-Council.asp). She is the President-Elect of their organization.
Here is her contact information, in case anyone feels like complaining directly.
Dr. Mary Jane Anderson-Wiley
524 Henderson Drive
Augusta, G. A. 30909
well, I can agree with you about Hitler’s character. But liberals ARE hypocrites, as can easily be demonstrated.
When you understand one, you understand the other because there is so much overlap.
You raise interesting issues. Is witnessing (an activity Christians are enjoined by their religion to do, albeit not in all circumstances) something similar to proselytizing (something Moslems vehemently oppose, other than their own)? Does not extolling the virtues of a positive acceptance, if not open glorification, of homosexual lifestyles constitute proselytizing? If not, why not?
Im not familiar with the protocols of professional counseling, but I cant imagine counseling taking place in a values vacuum. So the question arises, what values? What values are acceptable for counseling? Surely not human sacrifice, or the blood sacrifice of goats or chickens in lieu of humans. Nor, we must think, the advocating of female bondage for the purposes of prostitution. But at Augusta State, by all accounts Christian values must be numbered right along with blood sacrifice and female bondage as unacceptable for Counseling values.
. . . it really would be inappropriate for a counselor to couch her practice, advice or therapy with her qualifiers.
What does that mean? If the accusation is that Miss Keeton is proselytizing (that is, witnessing or preaching), whence comes the charge? Weve no indication Miss Keeton has given a signal that her intention is to convert homosexuals or other unbelievers. If a patient were to confess pedophilia (someone in serious need of counseling), would it be inappropriate for a counselor to couch his practice advice or therapy with certain qualifiers? Would not the counselor be roundly condemned for a failure to do exactly that? Yet Miss Keetons values apparently are not acceptable, however mildly expressed.