Sunday, August 1, 2010

Christian Rights - #1992 - Christianity, 'Gay rights' Clash in Counseling Controversy - Baptist Press

A string of recent controversies regarding views on homosexuality in the counseling realm has some wondering whether conservative Christians eventually will be shut out of the profession. The latest controversy involves Augusta (Ga.) State University, where the faculty allegedly required Jennifer Keeton -- a counseling student with strong Christian beliefs -- to attend "diversity sensitivity" training, increase her interaction with homosexual populations, read scholarly articles about homosexuality, and then write about what she learned and how her beliefs were impacted. The faculty allegedly even encouraged her to attend a "gay pride" parade in Augusta. The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, filed suit against the school July 21. The school, in part, pointed to the American Counseling Association's (ACA) code of ethics, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a host of categories, including "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." The American School Counselors Association has a similar code.

The Augusta case, though, is only the latest dust-up pitting religious beliefs against non-discrimination policies. .......... "One of the interesting things about these non-discrimination policies is that when they were adopted, they were adopted to protect religion," Tedesco said. "The point of it was to keep people from denying you access to services and privileges, because of your religious belief. Today, we have the complete inversion going on, where public universities are saying because of your religious beliefs, we're going to kick you out of school."  Read more.......  Please read, this article details several cases where Christians have been discriminated against in counseling situations, for their beliefs.

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