Your counselor has her own moral code. She does not agree with your lifestyle. She does not believe that extramarital affairs are beneficial to a marriage relationship. She does not believe in spanking a child. She does not believe in gambling even if it is legal. She does not believe in binge drinking.
However, we trust that a counselor can set aside some of his or her personal beliefs in order to help others with their personal
struggles, probably involving a separate aspect of the clients’ lives. In fact, a counselor receives accreditation from government agencies that require adherence to the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics. Apparently, a gay counselor can set aside personal biases, an agnostic or atheist can set aside their biases in order to counsel a Christian, a woman can set aside her disgust with an abusive husband or father she is counseling; but a Christian is simply incapable of setting aside personal beliefs in order to counsel another human being.
Such is the defense being offered by Augusta State University for their actions They required a student, Jennifer Keeton, pursuing a degree in counseling to complete a remedial program in order to change her BELIEFS! I thought our beliefs were held to be sacred. I thought that they could not be controlled or dictated by the state or state funded institutions. The Alliance Defense Fund thinks so too.
Augusta State University officials stated that “the university does not discriminate on the basis of students’ moral, religious, political or personal views or beliefs.” The lawsuit is pending and the protection of everyone’s personal religious beliefs are once again hanging in the balance.