07/28/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
The Alliance Defense Fund, who is doing a lot of work to try and make Augusta State University grant a degree to a woman who believes that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice despite the fact that the scientific evidence shows otherwise, has lost a case against Eastern Michigan University, where a graduate student said she was kicked out of a master’s program after refusing to counsel a homosexual client.
David French, a lawyer for the ADF, stated “There are aspects of the decision that present appealable issues and we disagree with the court on his conclusions.” Which is what they were expected to say, after all, Julea Ward refused to council the gay client on religious grounds, and French and the ADF are busy trying to make sure that people like Ward and Keeton, from the Augusta State case, are allowed to violate professional conduct. They would act in a manner not dissimilar to a Creationist acting as a paleontologist disbelieving all those pesky dinosaur bones and trying to explain them away as a joke from God that no one had gotten yet.
Walter Kraft, EMU’s vice president of communications, pointed out that the US Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld these practices by public universities because, according to him, the courts “should show great respect for the faculty’s professional judgement.” He also said “Eastern has a responsibility to the public to exercise careful and deliberate judgement about who should be permitted to graduate from our professional schools and practice in the education and health professions.” The university is pleased with the ruling.
Ward, who is from Detroit, believes she was unfairly removed from the program after she asked that the client be assigned to another counselor because her religious views prohibit her from affirming or condoning gay relationships. US District Judge George Steeh disagreed with her stating “Plaintiff was not required to change her views or religious beliefs; she was required to set them aside in the counselor-client relationship — a neutral, generally applicable expectation of all counselors-to-be under the ACA (American Counseling Association) standard.”
The dismissal of the suit is a problem for the ADF given that they are trying to pursue this with several others including in Georgia where Jennifer Keeton has been barred from graduating for largely the same problem, which is unethical and immoral professional behaviors. Perhaps both should take a look at going to another college. Perhaps Liberty University or see if they can get an internship with George Rekers when he finally emerges from the purgatory he has gone into to avoid questions about his luggage handlers.