Saturday, January 20, 2007

Student sues for 1A rights

A couple of months ago, USA Today reported:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) ? A Missouri State University graduate has sued the school, claiming she was retaliated against because she refused to support gay adoption as part of a class project.

Emily Brooker's federal lawsuit, filed on her behalf Monday by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, claims the retaliation against her Christian beliefs violated her First Amendment right to free speech. ...

In the complaint, Brooker said she was accused of violating the school's Standards of Essential Functioning in Social Work Education.

She said one of her professor's, Frank G. Kauffman, accused her of the violation after he assigned a project that required the entire class to write and each sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of gay adoption. Brooker said her Christian beliefs required her to refuse to sign the letter. ...

Brooker said she was called before a college ethics committee on Dec. 16, where she was questioned for two hours by faculty members. She alleges they asked her questions such as "Do you think gays and lesbians are sinners?" and "Do you think I am a sinner?" She said she was also asked if she could help gay and lesbian people in social work situations.
She won the case.

This campus Leftist bullying would never have been public if the prof had just given the girl bad grades. But he brought a grievance against her, and tried to get her kicked out of college. She was forced to defend herself.

It is amazing that a college professor could think that a Christian is unfit for social work, and try to blackball her for it. Yes, I think that he is a sinner.

George writes:
Social workers should not be prejudiced. If Brooker is unwilling to lobby for changes in the law to alleviate discrimination, then she probably subscribes to antiquated Christian beliefs that some behaviors are more moral than others. If she wants to be a social worker, then she must learn that social work includes working for social change in our society. The college should not be giving degrees in social work to people who will not fit in with other social workers.
If that is really the policy of the social work dept. of the college, then the college catalog and web site should say so.

Here is another Kauffman defender.

No comments: