Court: Student Can Be Expelled Over Christian Beliefs

Fox Nation

A federal judge ruled in favor of a public university who removed a Christian student over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. The decision, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

“It’s a very dangerous precedent,” Jeremy Tedesco, legal counsel for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund told FOX News Radio. “The ruling doesn’t say that explicitly, but that’s what is going to happen.”

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was removed from the school’s counseling program because she refused to counsel homosexual clients.

The university contended she violated school policy and the American Counseling Association code of ethics.

“Christian students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “To reach its decision, the court had to do something that’s never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code.”

Eastern Michigan University hailed the decision.

“We are pleased that the court has upheld our position in this matter,” EMU spokesman Walter Kraft said in a written statement.  “Julea Ward was not discriminated against because of her religion. To the contrary, Eastern Michigan is deeply committed to the education of our students and welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds into our community.”

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2 thoughts on “Court: Student Can Be Expelled Over Christian Beliefs

  1. Respectfully,
    Think about it. “Christian students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,”
    I’ve heard it over and over, Christians don’t hate the sinner, just the sin. Counselors are supposed to help people. What could be better than a Christian helping someone they think is doing something wrong?
    Perhaps Ward should seek a different career path.

  2. Kip, I basically agree, but need to add something. If we are expected to be tolerant of the religious views of others, then others need to be just as tolerant of ours. I stand firm in my Christian values, and have no problem being tolerant of other values, but it needs to be returned. The problem now seems to be that if you are considered Christian then you are targeted, demoralized, and attacked. The ones doing the attacking are praised and treated like they are the victim. But if I were to return the favor, then I might as well offer myself up as the main course in a national barbecue. It’s all one sided. While I agree she had a unique opportunity to do good, she should not have had this done to her because of her beliefs. If it were a muslim in her place then the homosexual would be the target. It’s wrong, and it’s about time to change it!!!

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