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Augusta State University fights for right to expel Christian student

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by Jason Smathers on August 10, 2010

Jen Keeton has asked a federal court to prevent Augusta State University in Augusta Georgia for expelling her or forcing her to complete a remediation program which requires her to affirm an unbiblical viewpoint on human sexuality. Catch up on the story.

Tomorrow, August 11, 2010 at 9am, Judge J. Randal Hall will hear Miss Keeton’s motion for a preliminary injunction which would prevent Augusta State University from taking action against her while this plays out in court.
Yesterday, Augusta State University dumped 187 pages on the court with their position in opposition to a preliminary injunction. Miss Keeton’s writing assignment has become a defense exhibit. ASU’s response reads:
With respect to the presentation on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Query/Questioning (GLBTQ) populations, Plaintiff wrote that β€œit would be hard [for her] to work with this population.”

Interestingly, ASU’s response failed to mention Keeton’s other words:
I understand these are my personal beliefs, and I cannot impose them. I can acknowledge the lifestyles and accept the person, but I don’t support their choices.

ASU cites a student’s testimony that Miss Keeton said she would refer homosexuals to therapists that specialize in conversion therapy. ASU cites ethical standards they must uphold to preserve their accreditation including the nondiscrimination clause:
Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion/spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status/parternship, language preference, socioeconomic status, or any basis proscribed by law. Counselors do not discriminate against clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants in a manner that has a negative impact on these persons.

This begs the question, is counseling a person who identifies themselves as homosexual to abandon that lifestyle discriminating? It seems Keeton would equally pronounce this to every person despite any minority they may be part of.

Throughout the defense’s opposition, they do not address the main thing. Can Keeton remain a student while believing truth is absolute? Dr. Schenck claims it is unethical to fail to acknowledge other beliefs are equally valid. To do so is to reject Christianity because Jesus claimed to be the only way.
Jennifer Keeton v. ASU, defense in opposition to injunction
Picture of Augusta State University’s Allgood Hall copyright Stacie Wells, some rights reserved.

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