The only hate being spewed is from those in the death throes of their own prejudices. The younger generation is not buying the lies anymore. They know darn well that mommy and daddy didn't get divorced because Todd and Jim down the street went to Massachusetts to get married. They watch how their elders act, and they see that it is anything but Christ-like. They know gay people, work with them, go to school with them, and they recognize the dichotomy within what they hear in the pulpit and reality. They look at couples who stayed together for decades without the benefit of legal recognition, and then they look at their divorced parents and their friends' divorced parents and see the hypocrisy of "traditional marriage" campaigns that target same sex marriage instead of fighting to preserve straight marriages.
Mr. Fowler and our legislators need to be reminded that a federal judge has spoken to this issue already. No one is infringing on a counseling student's right to their religious beliefs; the schools have every right to require those who choose to enter a program of study to adhere to the standards of the profession. The case was from Michigan, Ward v. Eastern Michigan University, and this was one of the statements from the court:
"EMU has a compelling interest to design and maintain a counseling program meeting the CACREP accreditation standard, and its measure to enforce this goal is narrowly-tailored: it is not so under-inclusive that it only targets plaintiff's religion, nor is it so over-inclusive that it substantially regulates aspects of students’ personal lives outside of their professional
As for the student, who refused to see a gay client even before meeting them or assessing their situation, the court had this to say:
"Counseling is unpredictable, especially in a school setting where
problems are not always apparent on their face. A counselor’s job is to facilitate
answers that are right for the client. Choosing particular issues that a counselor will
agree to discuss with a client is not practical in the real world."
Mr. Fowler knows full well that this bill would cause a loss of accreditation for counseling programs in our universities.
If a student opposes counseling certain whole groups of people who may walk through their door, perhaps they are not suited to being a counselor in the first place. They are certainly free to avail themselves of one of the many theological courses of study at any of the multitude of religious schools in this state, or perhaps attend one of the private religious colleges where they would remain insulated from anyone who disagrees with their private belief system. No one is stopping them from attending the kind of program that will allow them to mix their personal prejudices with their education; they are simply not allowed to hold themselves out as a licensed counselor for the public when they refuse to follow the ethical obligations of the accreditation system.
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