A Christian student at a Georgia university who was ordered to learn more about gays has found new allies willing to stand up for her constitutional rights: the KKK.
Augusta State University student Jennifer Keeton was told that her beliefs about homosexuality are "unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession" and directed to attend "diversity sensitivity training." Anti-gay Christian legal organization the Alliance Defense Fund took the university to court in a lawsuit on Keeton’s behalf, saying that she was the victim of anti-Christian discrimination.
Keeton, 24, views homosexuality as a choice made by gay individuals, rather than as an innate characteristic. She also views physical intimacy between consenting adults of the same gender as sinful. Still, Keeton contends, her views would not impede her ability to approach gays as a professional counselor.
The mental health profession has long rejected the pathologization on gays and lesbians, and even some churches that are otherwise stalwartly anti-gay--such as the Catholic Church, which actively seeks to obstruct and roll back rights and protections for GLBT individuals and families--acknowledge that the scientific evidence is highly suggestive of homosexuality being an innate trait that is neither "chosen" nor, for the most part, "changeable." Click post title to visit the edge where I found story.
It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.