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Monday, July 26, 2010

What doest thou here, Elijah?

I have to confess that I am emotionally conflicted over this Jennifer Keeton gal who has gotten into trouble with her college officials. The story goes like this: Jennifer is a counseling student at Augusta State University in Georgia. Her profs and other university officials discovered through classroom discussions and personal conversations that Jennifer is a Christian who believes homosexuality is a perversion. Of course, she may not have used those exact words with her profs, but you get the picture.

They in turn essentially told her she was incompetent to be a "multicultural" counselor and would have to under go a rigorous brainwashing... I mean, "re-education" program that entails such things as doing diversity training with an emphasis on gay and lesbian lifestyles, increase her exposure to gay and lesbians such as attending a gay day parade, and the clincher, at least according to the suit being filed against the university: Modify her Christian convictions so as to affirm homosexual perversion as being morally acceptable or be psychological tortured by having her head forcibly put into a cage with hungry rats.

I'm kidding. Just a little despotic humor there folks.

No, she risks being expelled from the program.

My conflict is between two thoughts.

Firstly, I have to confess I am righteously outraged at university officials who would act with such radical intolerance. I am sure the officials demanding these changes are of the leftist moonbat sort who rarely if ever get out of their leftist moonbat sanitariums called the American university. They tend to pride themselves as being accepting of new ideas, expressing diversity, and loving of all points of view. Much like the Athenians who spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or hear some new thing - Except of course the red state, evangelical perspective.

Their response is the rawest form of hypocrisy I have seen in a while. I have to wonder of their reaction if Jennifer was say, you know, a Muslim. Would she be forced to renounce the teaching of Allah and Mohamet? Or would she be coddled as believing alternate, but acceptable views of gays and lesbians?

Additionally, as my lovely wife noted, it is rather telling the school officials are upset at her for her convictions regarding homosexuality. She doesn't have to face a secular extremist lobotomy because she thinks it's okay for parents to paddle their kids, or women should strive to be homemakers above all else, or teens should practice sexual chastity until marriage.

Which leads me to my second area of discord.

As much as I am disgusted by the treatment of Miss Keeton, and hope her lawsuit will shake Augusta State University to its foundations, I have to agree with the university officials when they claim biblical Christianity is incompatible with their counseling program.

That is absolutely true.

Biblical Christianity has nothing in common with a counseling program set up by a group of narrow-minded, secular academic bigots who are so morally retarded that they call wicked good and good wicked. Without getting too far down this rabbit trail, having been an observer and participant in counseling for many years now, I can confidently say a good many of the personal problems for which people are counseled can easily be marked up to personal sin issues. Bitterness and selfishness being the dominant roots to many of those problems. The "counseling" taught by the secularist does very little in the long run to confront people where they need to be confronted and truly help them change.

But didn't Miss Keeton go into this program with these things in mind? Especially in our modern society where those who practice homosexual perversion have been elevated to a protected priest class? Certainly she was expecting an eventual clash between teachers and fellow students when this subject came up in class and conversation. If not, I wonder about the advice she received from Christian friends and her church leadership when she expressed interest in pursuing this counseling program.

Certainly its a travesty a young gal is being forced to change her personal convictions because they conflict with the unyielding propaganda of a state university. Yet at the same time, why should Christians think they should receive favor from a hostile world who will always hate them and the God they serve?

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Blogger DJP said...

You have a pernt, of course.

Perhaps her plan was to sack the Egyptians, and use her certification to present a more Gospelly approach to counseling.

12:02 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

But I would think if such were her approach, she would keep her opinion about homosexuals quiet, or at least avoid the topic altogether.

12:15 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger Sir Aaron said...

I had this argument with my sister (who claims to be a Christian) and wants to be a psychologist. I think a lot of professed believers enter with the noblest of intentions but often end up with more baggage then when they entered (so to speak).

I also think you hit the nail on the head. Many "counseling" issues come down to selfishness. I certainly know thats true in my marriage.

4:53 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger P.D. Nelson said...

So let me get some clarification here, if the young lady in question had say gotten her degree from the Nouthetic Counselors Association then you wouldn't have a problem. And doubtless she wouldn't either because of their commitment to Biblical Counseling. But her job placement would be limited to those that accepted her certification.

But by going to this college despite its gross flaws would give her a degree she could use anywhere. So your disagreement is with her desire to be employed or with her desire to go to a school that is antithetical to her faith?

6:45 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Speaking for myself, I personally don't have a problem with her obtaining a degree from such a university for such a purpose. I think it would be wise for her to supplement what she learned at the university with a solid, biblical understanding of counseling.

My confliction comes from her being unexpectedly pushed back by the fellow students and officials in the program and now seeking to sue them to make an exception for her. I think she is in her right to do so. The university was sort of dumb to pursue this course of action (if their actions are being described accurately). But she seems to have not been prepared for such an experience as a Christian. At least that is the impression I get from the press releases of her law suit.

6:54 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger P.D. Nelson said...

Well thanks first for clarifying that, and I agree that she should seek more training besides what she gets from this university.

As to her naivety regarding how secular universities treat Christians well when I went back (20 years ago) to school I was surprised at what political correctness they were feeding us I can only imagine what exponential growth it has gotten to and how shocking that can be to someone just experiencing that for the first time.

8:15 PM, July 26, 2010  
Blogger Highland Host said...

One should be careful with press releases - they often don't include all the facts.

She is however quite right to be going after the school for breaching her 1st amendment rights, and someone needs to do that because otherwise other schools will follow the lead of this one!

7:47 AM, July 27, 2010  
Blogger Lynda O said...

I tend to agree, that she knew (or should have known) what she was getting into in the first place by going there. Yes, it's within her rights to sue, one of the privileges we have in our society. But then again, we believers don't like it either when unbelievers come amongst a Christian group and then sue for their rights contrary to what that group believes. (And of course unregenerate sinners are going to act wickedly, it's not something we should be surprised about.) Lately I've thought more about Paul's words to the Corinthians, "why not rather be wronged?" He was speaking of lawsuits among believers, but the principle carries forth in other areas as well; as Peter said, it is a blessed thing to suffer persecution for righteousness sake -- we have the greater eternal award for enduring persecution and suffering here, rather than being "defeated already" (1 Corinthians 6:7) and suing others who've wronged us.

5:26 AM, July 28, 2010  

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