Counseling profession is multi-culti except for religious beliefs
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund have sued Augusta State University in Georgia on behalf of a counseling student who claims the university told her to deny her Christian beliefs in order to graduate.The school appears to be tolerant of everyone but Christians. There is an obvious solution to this problem. Counselors confronted by the dilemma should tell the patient they need to find another counselor if their issues involve homosexuality. There is no reason counselors should have to treat everyone anymore than doctors should have to provide abortions or lawyers should have to defend people they do not want to represent.
Jennifer Keeton, 24, who is pursuing a master's degree in counseling, said she was ordered to undergo a re-education plan that requires her to attend "diversity sensitivity training," complete additional remedial reading and write papers to describe their effects on her beliefs, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The ultimatum: Complete this re-education plan or be expelled from ASU's Counselor Education Program.
ASU said Miss Keeton's conduct violates the code of ethics to which counselors and counselors in training are required to adhere, including those of the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association.
"It's hard to conceive of a more blatant violation of her right to freedom of speech and her freedom of conscience," said David French, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative-leaning group that defends religious freedom.
"This type of leftist zero-tolerance policy is in place at far too many universities, and it must stop."