Intolerance in the Name of Tolerance
Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. In modern society those who prate the most about tolerance often tend to be the most intolerant. Case in point, what is happening to Jennifer Keeton, a grad student at Augusta State College, studying to be a school counselor. She is a Christian and believes that homosexual conduct is wrong. Her faculty has decreed that she must undergo “sensitivity” (read re-education a la the Red Chinese) training to alter her views on homosexuality. It was suggested that she go to a local gay pride march among other activities.
The Alliance Defense Fund, the same group representing Dr. Ken Howell, who ran afoul of the thought police at the U of I, is representing Keeton. Go here to read about the lawsuit they have filed on her behalf.
Shockingly, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a grad student, Julea Ward, at Eastern Michigan University who was faced with precisely the same situation facing Keenan. Go here to read the details at the blogprof. Go here to read the Alliance Defense Fund’s, which represented Ms. Ward, overview of the case and their intent to appeal the decision.
I find the standard that apparently is being used by faculty training counselors to be very interesting. Since a counselor may have to counsel members of a particular group, the counselor cannot have negative opinions about activities engaged in by members of that group, seems to be the standard. Can we expect the dismissal of counseling students who are ardent pro-aborts because they will be unable to give proper counseling to pro-lifers? How about fanatical Democrats who surely would encounter at least a few Republicans in their counseling? Members of Peta who would have to counsel hunters? Radical feminists with chips on their shoulders against half the human race? Yes, this new standard could lead to a rapid shortage of counselors in short order!
Of course none of this has anything to do with training effective counselors and everything to do with an utterly transparent attempt by faculty at tax supported institutions to enforce their version of political orthodoxy and to get rid of heretics. Once again we see that we live in a truly bizarre age where institutions of higher learning tend to be citadels of intolerance, narrow-mindedness and outright bigotry.