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Judge Smacks Down Student Who Said She Wouldn't Counsel Gay People

KeetonIn 2010, Jennifer Keeton was studying to be a counselor at Augusta State University — that is until she told her teachers that she would tell LGBT people that they can be cured of their "identity confusion."

The school gave her the boot and Keeton promptly sued, claiming administrators were discriminating against her religious beliefs. Judge Randal Hall today disagreed.

From the ruling, via Patheos:

Keeton’s conflation of personal and professional values, or at least her difficulty in discerning the difference, appears to have been rooted in her opinion that the immorality of homosexual relations is a matter of objective and absolute moral truth.

The policies which govern the ethical conduct of counselors, however, with their focus on client welfare and self-determination, make clear that the counselor’s professional environs are not intended to be a crucible for counselors to test metaphysical or moral propositions. Plato’s Academy or a seminary the Counselor Program is not; that Keeton’s opinions were couched in absolute or ontological terms does not give her constitutional license to make it otherwise.

Keeton’s allegations do not show that imposition of the remediation plan was substantially motivated by her personal religious views. The plan was instead imposed “because she was unwilling to comply with the ACA Code of Ethics.”

Judge Hall also reminded Keeton that "when someone voluntarily chooses to enter a profession, he or she must comply with its rules and ethical requirements."

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  1. Wise words from the judge!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 27, 2012 5:42:13 PM

  2. Good. Seems ridiculous for someone to be a therapist who's a bigot!

    Posted by: zeddy | Jun 27, 2012 5:43:20 PM

  3. What a blond bimbo....."it's all about me and my magical thinking. How dare you not let me be emotionally unbalanced".

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 27, 2012 5:45:34 PM

  4. if carrie prejean and ann coulter could have a stupid baby, this horse-faced bigot would be it!

    kudos to the judge for smacking her nonsense down.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2012 5:46:12 PM

  5. Now why can't we get politicians to hear the same message and understand it?!?!?! Talk to make believe creatures all you want at home, but your job is not the forum for it!

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 27, 2012 5:46:40 PM

  6. Nelson Muntz: Ha Ha!

    Posted by: Marc C | Jun 27, 2012 5:47:09 PM

  7. Judge Hall also reminded Keeton that "when someone voluntarily chooses to enter a profession, he or she must comply with its rules and ethical requirements."

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, you christian moroness.

    Posted by: Chuck | Jun 27, 2012 5:49:50 PM

  8. Really and truly, where did the idea originate that straight women feel any affinity at all for gay men? Seriously.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 27, 2012 5:55:10 PM

  9. Punched in the face! I love it!

    Posted by: NhiaPheng | Jun 27, 2012 5:59:47 PM

  10. Good judge. Unfortunately, fundamentalists are so extremely self-entitled, they'll call this discrimination. At least common sense is and always will be on our side.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 27, 2012 6:00:41 PM

  11. Very different result here in Michigan -


    The legislature even went to bat for her!

    Posted by: Marty | Jun 27, 2012 6:02:13 PM

  12. "she told her teachers that she would tell LGBT people that they can be cured of their "identity confusion."

    That is completely priceless!!!!

    This ignorant bleach-blonde bimbo needs to be counseled on her own confusion.

    Posted by: Truth | Jun 27, 2012 6:10:56 PM

  13. @littlekiwi
    "if carrie prejean and ann coulter could have a.. baby"

    That sentence alone makes all crazy and weeping at the same time.
    Good times!

    Posted by: dawn | Jun 27, 2012 6:17:42 PM

  14. *5-year-old pointing upwards*


    Posted by: redball | Jun 27, 2012 6:26:54 PM

  15. And what makes that more tragic in Michigan, Marti, regarding the Julea Ward BS, is that a seven year old kid was bullied to death in an urban Detroit school just in May. In fact before this vote transpired. And he was bullied in part because he lived in a household with 8 females. Kids called him a girl and called him gay. And yet with all of this true, there is now a law in Michigan that basically says that if a person is anti-gay, they don't have to treat a gay individual who seeks counseling/psychological help if it "conflicts with their personally-held beliefs".

    These people just DO NOT get it. They honestly don't see one thing wrong in being anti-gay and not only that, they think gay people are the ones in the wrong. They think we are the bad ones. You would think if you have a job, you're supposed to actually do your job and provide service to those who seek it, that's sort of what a counselor does. But when it comes to gay people, in the eyes of homophobes/fundamentalists, all of that flies right out the window. They just don't care. And we need to expose their hatred for exactly what it is.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 27, 2012 6:29:19 PM

  16. agree with the judge 100%..bottom line...that profession dictates you put aside your bias for the good of your patient..if you cant do that - then you're in the wrong profession! 0

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 27, 2012 6:36:07 PM

  17. Let's rejoice that many victims have been saved from her delusional "counselling ".
    Now phuck off, you pathetic b**ch.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 27, 2012 6:36:39 PM

  18. @littlekiwi
    "...this horse-faced bigot would be it!" Why does the way she looks matter? Why can't you just address her statements?

    You'd better hurry to catch your schoolbus. You wouldn't want to miss your chance to taunt that old lady some more.

    Posted by: Dean | Jun 27, 2012 6:42:00 PM

  19. Tee and then hee!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jun 27, 2012 6:46:25 PM

  20. Like all women, this one reminds me of my mother, who selfishly hogged my father's penis so I barely ever got the chance to play with it.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 27, 2012 6:47:33 PM

  21. My cousin, from a very very Republican family, was one of her professors that "gave her the boot". Am so proud that even in South Carolina we can have allies.

    Posted by: Barca | Jun 27, 2012 7:06:25 PM

  22. Gay people have a right to counseling from people who treat them with dignity and respect and not as people with a condition to be "cured." She chose her profession voluntarily. She knew what its rules were, didn't she? Although in a large organization I could see how counselors who are religious could be accommodated by being allowed to refer gay patients to someone else. The important thing is that gay patients not be subjected to harrassment by people who want to change or convert them. But I'll admit that this plan may not always be workable.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 27, 2012 7:15:17 PM

  23. Cue hypocritical pearl-clutching from Christian filth in 3, 2, 1...

    Posted by: Sarm | Jun 27, 2012 7:31:07 PM

  24. Haha, this is awesome news!

    Posted by: william | Jun 27, 2012 8:19:19 PM

  25. Ha! Now how you gonna act?

    Posted by: TooBoot | Jun 27, 2012 8:27:41 PM

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