Thank goodness we have some public-spirited lawyers who are willing to step up and defend college students whose religion rights are trampled on by an intolerant university. The Alliance Defense Fund has sued Augusta State University in Georgia on behalf of a student who claims the university told her to deny her Christian beliefs in order to graduate. Jennifer Keeton, age 24, is pursuing a master's degree in counseling. She says she was ordered to undergo a re-education plan that requires her to attend "diversity sensitivity training," do additional remedial reading, and write papers describing their effect on her beliefs. The university's ultimatum to Jennifer was: Complete this re-education plan or be expelled from Augusta State University's Counselor Education Program. Jennifer said that in the remediation plan she was ordered to take, the university questions her ability to be "a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, homosexual, transgender populations."
The university claims that Jennifer's conduct violates the code of ethics to which counselors are required to adhere, including those of the American Counseling Association. University officials refused to comment on this lawsuit when phoned by a Washington Times reporter. The manager of ethics and professional standards at the American Counseling Association also declined to comment on Jennifer's case, but did say that "the core values of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion are present throughout the code and are crucial to the ethical decision-making process."
Jennifer is not the only student in the counseling field who has run into outrageous intolerance of Christian standards by a state university. Similar cases where the student had to sue a university in order to graduate include a young woman at the University of Missouri and another at Eastern Michigan University.
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