July 28, 2010

The day is here in which university students must adhere to a politically correct worldview in order to graduate.

Since the 1960s and ever so slowly since, the Federal Government has been creating a secular progressive and ultra left endoctrination of our children through the public school system. The strength of the two main national teacher's unions and the results of many Federal Court decisions eliminating prayer, Bible reading, and talk of God and the promotion of traditional values, have rendered our schools as a breeding ground for raising radicals.

With four out of five professors and lecturers in the Universities around the U.S. also promoting a secular progressive agenda, we can truly say the day has come in which the left has taken over all avenues of learning from age 4 to 24 (or further).

Today, many colleges, universities and graduate schools insist that their students maintain a politically correct worldview and a devotion to secularism. This means that anything that reeks of religion is a no-no, punishable with suspensions, expulsions or denying the right to graduate.

Such is the situation in the case of Jennifer Keeton.  Keeton is pursuing her master's degree in counseling at the Augusta State University in Georgia. It seems that Ms. Keeton has traditional values and believes that sexual behavior is the "result of accountable personal choice rather than an inevitability deriving from deterministic forces." This means, she believes that homosexuality is a choice and not a state-of-being.

The University faculty have promised to expel Miss Keeton from the graduate Counselor Education Program because she has communicated both inside and outside the classroom that she holds to Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity, and not because of poor academic showing or demonstrated deficiencies in clinical performance.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit against the University Keeton's behalf saying the school is infringing on her personal beliefs.  ADF officials say the university is practicing intolerance by calling her Christian beliefs unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession.

University administrators and professors told Keeton that could no longer share her beliefs with others and that she must change her beliefs in order to graduate from the counseling program.

It didn't stop there. Augusta State ordered Ms. Keeton to undergo a re-education plan, in which she must attend “diversity sensitivity training,” complete additional remedial reading, and write papers to describe their impact on her beliefs. If she does not change her beliefs or agree to the plan, the university says it will expel her from the Counselor Education Program.

A public university student shouldn’t be threatened with expulsion for being a Christian and refusing to publicly renounce her faith, but that’s exactly what’s happening here. Simply put, the university is imposing thought reform. Abandoning one’s own religious beliefs should not be a precondition at a public university for obtaining a degree.

This type of leftist zero-tolerance policy is in place at far too many universities. Jennifer’s only crime was to have the beliefs that she does.

After her professors learned of her biblical beliefs, specifically her views on homosexual conduct, from both classroom discussions and private conversations with other students, the school imposed the re-education plan. Keeton never denigrated anyone in communicating her beliefs but merely stated factually what they were in appropriate contexts.

The school's plan assails Keeton’s beliefs as inconsistent with the counseling profession and expresses suspicion over “Jen’s ability to be a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) populations.” The plan requires her to take steps to change her beliefs through additional assignments and additional “diversity sensitivity training.” It also orders her to “work to increase exposure and interactions with gay populations. One such activity could be attending the Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.”

Each month, Keeton is required to complete a report on how the “remediation” assignments have influenced her beliefs so that faculty can “decide the appropriateness of her continuation in the counseling program.” The plan concludes by noting that “failure to complete all elements of the remediation plan will result in dismissal from the Counselor Education Program.”

Ever since gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons were moved into the same civil rights status as blacks and other minorities with its equal protections, a zero tolerance mentality has prevailed within the hallowed halls of higher learning. A simple rule of logic reveals how Ms. Keeton, and surely others like her, fell into the PC trap.

In order to qualify for special protection and be placed under the umbrella of civil rights laws, GLBTs are considered "born that way," their very proclivities derived from deterministic forces. GLBTs argue that they can't alter their lifestyle any more than a black person can change his race.

In the lawsuit, Ms. Keeton states that she believes sexual behavior is the "result of accountable personal choice rather than an inevitability deriving from deterministic forces." She also has affirmed binary male-female gender, with one or the other being fixed in each person at their creation, and not a social construct or individual choice subject to alteration by the person so created.

Zero tolerance for traditional values means that no one seating at the feet of the cultural leftists means students like Keeton can no longer believe (much less speak out) that homosexuality is a 'lifestyle,' not a 'state of being.'

No university has the right to force a citizen to change their beliefs on any topic. In the day that happens, then we shall be ruled by the Thought Police. 1984 has arrived!