Saturday, March 27, 2010

Christian Student Kicked out of Class for Not Conforming to Teachings of College

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© 2010 WorldNetDaily

A federal judge will allow to continue a lawsuit by a former student against a long list of university officials who tossed her out of a graduate counseling program after she said her Christian beliefs would not allow her to affirm homosexual behavior.
Eastern Michigan president Susan W. Martin

WND reported earlier on the dispute involving Eastern Michigan University, which was accused of tossing Julea Ward out of the program illegally.

She sued following "disciplinary proceedings" that resulted from her request that a training class "client" be referred to another student because she could not counsel him concerning his homosexual relationship, according to the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom.

When the case was filed, WND called president Susan W. Martin's office for comment and was referred to a media relations office. A statement release later by Pam Young, director of communications at EMU, did not address the student's dismissal.

Young said, "Although Eastern Michigan University does not comment on pending litigation, we are a diverse campus with a strong commitment not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression."

But David French, senior counsel for the ADF, said then, "When a public university has a prerequisite of affirming homosexual behavior as morally good in order to obtain a degree, the school is stepping over the legal line."

Ward was dismissed from the program March 12, 2009, and the dean of the college of education affirmed the decision on March 26, according to the ADF.

The court's decision, written by U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh, said, "Ward has sufficiently [pled] and come forward with evidence that EMU defendants' act of dismissing Ward violated First and Fourteenth Amendment rights so clearly established that a reasonable official in their position would have clearly understood that they were under an affirmative duty to refrain from such conduct."

The judge said there are "genuine issues of material fact" about the school's "true motivations" for dismissing Ward from the program. Further, the judge concluded, the student's actions to avoid in advance a counseling session for which she had reservations probably actually followed professional ethical guidelines, instead of breaking them as the school accused.

The demand by EMU regents, school executives and others for the case to be dismissed was therefore denied, the judge said.

The student had been targeted by the school's disciplinary process as a result of her decision, and she was "informed that the only way she could stay in the graduate school counseling program would be if she agreed to undergo a 'remediation' program … to see the 'error of her ways,'" ADF said.

The goal was to have Ward "change her 'belief system,' as it relates to counseling about homosexual relationships, conforming her beliefs to be consistent with the university's views," the law firm said.

She refused and was given the choice of leaving voluntarily or having a formal review.


JMC Ministries Response

This just clearly shows that some Colleges in the U.S are more about brainwashing their students and making them conform to the Colleges beliefs than giving their students a higher education.

So if you stand for Christian Values today you will then be kicked out of your College classes and possibly not Graduate and get your degree? How is this right on any basis?

We can only hope and pray that The College is found that they were in the wrong and that this young woman is allowed to continue in her pursuit of a college degree. And to remember just because they try to teach you things that go against our Christian Beliefs doesn’t mean that we have to conform to them. That we has U.S citizens have rights that allow us to speak up and say, “NO THIS IS WRONG!”

European Union to Help Persecuted Christian

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By Michael Carl
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

The European Union has announced the creation of a working group to assist Christian minorities in countries where they are persecuted.

The initiative launched by Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini is to help EU member countries' embassy staffs know how to intervene on behalf of persecuted Christian minorities.

Frattini says the first step is writing a manual that will be given to every embassy staff of all EU member nations.

It is the first European government

organization devoted to addressing the persecution of Christians, he said in an interview in the Italian newspaper Avvenir.

"You see, Christians have never had a political group offering them strong support through their governments," Frattini said.

However, the EU governmental group does more than just create a manual. International Christian Concern's EU analyst Jonathan Racho says the group is designed to take action.

"They're forming a group that will define what they can do about Christian persecution in many of the world's countries outside of Europe," Racho said.

The group is different than most other religious freedom advocacy groups, he noted.

"This is the first group designed to officially defend the rights of Christians. The Muslims have the Organization of the Islamic Conference that is only slightly smaller than the U.N.," Racho said.

"This panel will be an official EU governmental agency designed to intervene on behalf of a nation's Christian minority," Racho said. "They will advocate on behalf of persecuted Christians even though the report we have from our sources doesn't go into a lot of detail."

Racho said Frattini's reference to the worst violators of Christian religious freedom was based on a report by the Christian organization Open Doors.

The Open Doors "Watch List" named North Korea the biggest violator.

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and the Maldives round out the top five, with Afghanistan, Yemen, Mauritania, Laos and Uzbekistan completing Open Doors' top 10 list of Christian persecutors.

Racho said there is a common factor in eight of the world's top 10.

"When we look at the list Mr. Frattini was using, there are a couple of communist countries. But most of the countries are Muslim countries, except India which is mostly a Hindu country," Racho said.

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