Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette thinks it’s totally unfairzies that Eastern Michigan University was allowed to kick out Julea Ward from its graduate counseling program all because she refused to treat homosexual patients. Having already lost one round in a federal court, Ward is backed by the Alliance Defense Fund. And now the state’s AG.
Eastern Michigan University discriminated against former student Julea Ward when it dismissed her from its counseling program after she said her Christian beliefs prohibited her from counseling a gay client, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a court filing. That’s not the case at all, EMU said. Ward was dismissed because her refusal to counsel the patient didn’t follow the assigned curriculum and professional ethics guidelines set up the American Counseling Association, the school said. EMU’s position has been upheld by a federal judge. Now Ward, with briefs of support from Schuette and a number of religious rights organizations, has appealed that ruling. Oral arguments are expected to begin later this year.
[...] Ward sued the university after it dismissed her from its graduate counseling program in 2009 after she refused to work on a gay client’s relationship issues in a clinical program. She said she believes homosexuality is immoral and being gay or lesbian is a choice and thus she could not in good conscience counsel the client. EMU said it dismissed her because she didn’t follow a code of ethics that requires counselors to set aside their own personal beliefs in order to work with clients.
Because I’m no legal theorist, I always have to boil down inane arguments into something I can understand. Which is that Ward and Schuette believe mental health guidelines, put in place to help those in need, should be brushed aside when it comes to religious fundamentalism. Which makes me wonder if Schuette would get behind a fanatical Muslim counseling student who refused to treat women because really, they’re worthless!