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Judge grants Augusta State stay in Keeton case

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A judge has granted part of a request from attorneys representing Augusta State University faculty to halt preliminary court proceedings in the case involving the school and graduate student Jennifer Keeton.

Augusta State counseling student Jennifer Keeton was told to take sensitivity training on homosexual issues.   Special
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Augusta State counseling student Jennifer Keeton was told to take sensitivity training on homosexual issues.

Attorneys are waiting for a decision on the motion to dismiss, which will determine whether Keeton's lawsuit will go to trial.

In documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Augusta last week, Judge Leon Barfield granted the stay of discovery, saying that the defendant's motion to dismiss the case outright has the potential to be "case dispositive," meaning that it could affect the status of Keeton's lawsuit against ASU and that some preliminary actions could be halted.

That was based on a "cursory review" of the motion done to decide whether discovery should be stayed, Barfield stated, and was not a ruling on the merits of the defendant's motion. Barfield did allow the attorneys to move forward with a conference and initial disclosures.

Keeton sued the school because she said it warned her it would expel her from their graduate Counselor Education program because "she holds Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity," according to court documents. The school ordered Keeton to participate in sensitivity training involving homosexuals and transgendered people after she expressed reservations about her ability to counsel them.

School officials say the program is a tool to address weaknesses in Keeton's writing and multicultural competence, court documents show.

School officials said that Keeton wrote in a paper that "it would be hard (for her) to work with this population" and that she told another student that she intended to impose her views on future homosexual clients.

The case attracted controversy, particularly when members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied outside ASU in support of Keeton. A gay-straight alliance group staged a protest against the KKK.

Keeton has denounced the KKK's support.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 11/02/10 - 03:43 am
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Augusta State and their
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Augusta State and their attorneys apparently do not care about religion
and God, but the courts have decided that homosexual activity is fine and everyone must accept it, Augusta State may need to move to San
Francisco with their views and take your lawyers and judges with you.
Ms. Keeton has every right to believe her deep seated religious beliefs
and the gays may need to get into religion.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 11/02/10 - 06:06 am
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You may want to read both the

You may want to read both the Christian Counselors Code of Ethics and the American Counselors Code of Ethics before you automatically side with Keeton. She is entitled to her beliefs, theres no denying that...what she can and cannot do with her beliefs in a professional setting however is limited by standards which she would be expected to adhere to that are set by professional associations within her desired field of expertise. ASU is operating within those guidelines when they inform her that she cannot impose her religious convictions when counseling "that population". On the same lines, a nurse who is opposed to abortion cannot tell a patient who is having an abortion that she is wrong to do so nor can the nurse refuse to care for the patient. The nurse can however request not to be a part of the abortion process. In a counseling situation though, I would think it would be more difficult to refuse to treat someone based on their orientation b/c it is discrimination and falls under the clause of providing unbiased treatment without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity etc.

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Dixieman 11/02/10 - 06:33 am
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Take this out of the court

Take this out of the court system!
Keeton (the "Masked Christian") vs. Dr. Bloodworth, President of ASU (the "Savage Secularist") mudwrestling match to be held Saturday night out behind the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theater at ASU, Keeton in bikini and Bloodworth in Speedo, best 2 out of 3 falls takes it, all proceeds to Gay Pride (Augusta) if Bloodworth takes it or Church of Her Choice if Keeton does.
(Well, it WOULD be more entertaining and more fun than this endless, drooling litigation spectacle of boring lawyers going at it, definitely end sooner, and the donation to charity would be a greater public good.
P.S. Vote for Pedro!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/02/10 - 07:00 am
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"The school ordered Keeton to

"The school ordered Keeton to participate in sensitivity training involving homosexuals and transgendered people after she expressed reservations about her ability to counsel them."

It seems the school, it's professors and administrators, need to participitate in sensitivity training involving Christians. They apparently have extreme reservations on how to deal with them.
There's a distinct difference between teaching and brainwashing and ASU seems to have crossed the line in regards to Ms.Keeton.
I hope future students and parents of future students are taking note of the narrow perspectives allowed at ASU on matters of personal opinion and belief.

fish2
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fish2 11/02/10 - 08:01 am
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fftaz71--guidlines from

fftaz71--guidlines from professional associations? Not only do guidelines change but can be interpreted differently by people as with Miss. Keeton. Does that make her wrong with interacting her moral beliefs when counseling? As far as a Nurse requesting not to be part of an abortion he or she can refuse, not request due to their moral beliefs. Also a nurse can explain other alternatives to abortions.

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 11/02/10 - 12:16 pm
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dickworth1 Tuesday, Nov. 2

dickworth1 Tuesday, Nov. 2 3:43 AM Augusta State and their attorneys apparently do not care about religion and God
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Nor should they or any other taxpayer funded institution.

darkstar
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darkstar 11/02/10 - 12:17 pm
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Even if you assume that the

Even if you assume that the Code of Ethics of the 2 boards mentioned above can enforce their beliefs on members of their respective communities, it doesn't mean that a state university can. IMO, their role is to educate students on the laws, not twist their arm to believe one thing or another. I think ASU will find themselves on the losing side of a court case. I hope ASU has the willingness and flexibility to reconcile this issue before it has to go to court.
Educators often make the mistake of thinking their actions exist solely in the vacuum of classrooms. This is one of the great failings of our educational institutions and the reason why most graduates are not immediately prepared for the workforce.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 11/02/10 - 12:22 pm
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Again, all this blame on ASU

Again, all this blame on ASU when they are only following the guidelines of their accrediting body. They don't have a choice--follow or lose the program entirely. If you have a beef with the program (PS, students are given the requirements at the beginning of the program), then take it up with the accrediting body.

Yelling at the police officer who wrote you a ticket because you were speeding accomplishes nothing, especially when the limit has been clearly posted. If you think the speed limit is too low, take it to the lawmakers. Same principle.

dougk
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dougk 11/02/10 - 12:31 pm
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Students from all over the
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Students from all over the world flock to our colleges and universities for higher education. Do you want to tell tell me, Darkstar, exactly where is the evidence that "most graduates are not immediately prepared for the workforce?" Or is that something that you just dreamed up to support your ranting on something you know nothing about??

flipa
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flipa 11/02/10 - 12:30 pm
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Since ASU is preaching the

Since ASU is preaching the evolution religion shouldn't they be charged with preaching a religion using tax dollars? Everyone knows that teaching natural uses be used for unnatural uses is against all of nature. Your tax dollars at work against U.S. again.

dougk
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dougk 11/02/10 - 12:42 pm
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Folks with higher education
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Folks with higher education should be able to recognize the difference between science and religion.

flipa
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flipa 11/02/10 - 01:44 pm
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Highly educated people are

Highly educated people are the most easily fooled due to their great pride and false sense of security in their higher education.

I've been in one form or type of school or college for over 25 yrs now and the one thing i know is that smart, highly educated people are STILL being fooled.

aahhuh
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aahhuh 11/03/10 - 08:16 am
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I think GOD is a BIG GUY! And

I think GOD is a BIG GUY! And do'nt need us judging and deciding for HIM Thats the trouble with people they wants to do GOD'S work and not LOVE as HE say to do! Remember HE loves them and not theirs sins! Those of u without SIN case the first stone! Remember it might not just be homosexuality! The glasshouse theory always works!!

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