Here’s something awesome: A graduate student in school counseling who is publicly and vocally anti-gay is suing her school because university officials dared to suggest she might not be able to effectively counsel gay and lesbian clients.
Jennifer Keeton, a student at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA, has been crystal clear on her views toward homosexuality: It’s immoral, a lifestyle choice, and in direct opposition to her Christian beliefs.
According to the suit, faculty members threatened Keeton with expulsion unless she underwent a “remediation plan” intended, presumably, to increase her acceptance of the GLBTQ community; the Chronicle article offers the following details:
The plan calls on Ms. Keeton to attend workshops on serving diverse populations, read articles on counseling gay, lesbian, and bisexual and transgendered people, and write reports to an adviser summarizing what she has learned. It also instructs her to work to increase her exposure to, and interaction with, gay populations, and suggests that she attend the local gay-pride parade. Ms. Keeton has refused to comply.
The suit argues that Keeton’s personal views toward homosexuality would not interfere with her ability to offer competent counseling to gay and lesbian clients. You can see a video of Keeton explaining her stance here.
Two points: First, if you are so judgmental and bigoted about a group of people that you are simply unable to keep your mouth shut about it, what in the world would lead you to believe you would make a competent counselor to anybody, least of all the people whose lifestyles you unequivocally deplore?
Second, if you unequivocally deplore the lifestyles of an entire group of people, why in the world would you want to counsel them anyway, competently or otherwise?
For goodness’ sake: school counseling. One of the most significant sets of issues young people deal with surround sexuality. Straight, queer, trans, or otherwise, all clients deserve to be counseled by someone who has not already made up her mind about what sorts of sexual attractions, dispositions, and behaviors are moral and which are a Crime Against the Lord.
Why is this woman suing? Why in the world does she even want to be a school counselor?
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