Student suing Augusta State works at Christian school

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Jennifer Keeton isn't putting her career on the back burner as she awaits a federal appeals court decision on whether she must follow a remediation plan to remain enrolled in Augusta State University's graduate counseling program.

Jennifer Keeton  File/Staff
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Jennifer Keeton

The master's student, ordered to complete a program designed to "address issues of multicultural competence and develop understanding and empathy" after she openly expressed her condemnation for and unwillingness to counsel gay students, sued the university in July.

Keeton, now appealing the federal court decision that upheld the remediation plan as constitutional, is enrolled at ASU and employed as a counselor intern at Augusta Christian Schools, she said.

At Augusta Christian, she is working with students under the supervision of a school guidance counselor, said the 24-year-old Snellville, Ga., native.

"I'm doing a lot of administrative work right now," Keeton said.

Augusta Christian Headmaster David Piccolo said the part-time employee was under a standard one-year employment contract.

"She's been doing a job, and she's been doing it exceedingly well," Piccolo said.

Her high-profile Alliance Defense Fund attorneys are engaged in federal litigation defending her religious freedom, but Keeton said none of her classmates or professors in the English and education classes she's taking seems to notice.

ASU President William Bloodworth said that he was unfamiliar with the specifics of her schedule but that he is not surprised she remains enrolled.

"The university is always interested in assisting students to achieve their career goals," he said.

The course work she is enrolled in, however, is not the practicum-related class that a district judge -- in denying her attorneys' request for an injunction -- wouldn't make ASU allow her to attend. Moreover, the internship doesn't qualify as her practicum, Keeton said.

Keeton declined to discuss her case, saying only that she would begin a counseling class at ASU in October and a qualifying practicum in January.

Unless she is victorious in court, however, January marks the date Keeton would be expelled from the degree program for not completing the remediation plan, according to court filings.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/11/10 - 04:07 am
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Great!! I like her and am

Great!! I like her and am glad she found a job.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/11/10 - 04:44 am
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If Ms Keeton were a quitter,

If Ms Keeton were a quitter, she would have never stood up to the secular professor's assault on Christianity. I'm not surprised to see she found a job where secularism isn't the only acceptable religion.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 09/11/10 - 05:19 am
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I wonder what type of

I wonder what type of counseling teenage homosexuals receive at Augusta Christian Schools. Prayer and abstinence? Fundamentalist Christians, Mormons (I'm not saying Mormons aren't Christians), and Muslims share something in common. They are all homophobic. Where does Christian love and acceptance come into play here?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/11/10 - 05:57 am
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And since you promote

And since you promote homosexuality, Cain, does that make you heterophobic?

sgachief
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sgachief 09/11/10 - 06:23 am
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good for her, good for the

good for her, good for the school. shame on asu!!! shame on the judges so far in this case.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 09/11/10 - 06:23 am
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I promote tolerance,

I promote tolerance, johnston.cliff. What's your agenda?

So crates
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So crates 09/11/10 - 06:39 am
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I always said she could find

I always said she could find work among some other nutty christians. Good for her and them. Too bad she'll never get a license, though. The pay is waaaaaay different.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 09/11/10 - 06:44 am
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ASU has nothing to be ashamed

ASU has nothing to be ashamed of.

boilers
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boilers 09/11/10 - 06:59 am
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Christian schools is where

Christian schools is where the best counselors are needed. Who would a gay student with these issues turn to? Certainly not their parents based on many responses here. Certain pastors are more open than others. I hope nothing tragic (besides the negative publicity Augusta and Georgia continue to receive) results from her views and these students being unable to talk.

Jeffro
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Jeffro 09/11/10 - 07:22 am
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Cain, If you LOVE your child,

Cain, If you LOVE your child, and they do wrong, do you not correct them? Christian Love and Christian Tolerance are two different things.

Abby-noll
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Abby-noll 09/11/10 - 07:25 am
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Cain... not agreeing with

Cain... not agreeing with homosexuality does not make one homophobic. Hating someone because of their homosexuality does. I hate no one, and actually have a family member that is a lesbian. She knows I do not agree with her lifestyle, but she also knows that I love her unconditionally. Just like everything else, we are free thinking people who have the right to make our own decisions. Unfortunately if your feelings don't agree with the liberals then you're some sort of hatemonger or "phobe". If this was an athiest suing because she didn't want to learn Christian morals in school then she would've won no matter how silly her arguments were. Why does everyone have the freedom of religion except Christians?

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 09/11/10 - 07:29 am
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This is so good to hear.

This is so good to hear. This girl needs to be able to head on with her life and she needs to work within the Christian setting. I am proud of Augusta Christian School for not letting her high profile case keep them from seeing the benefit she can be to their students. Many students are finding that it is best to take all the classes that you can from your local college because of the price and then transfer to the college that allows you to obtain your career goals. Ms. Keeton would have been best served by transferring to a Christian School for her last year. There is nothing wrong with that because we all pay taxes and she will as well therefore she and others are free to take advantage of that and then go to a private school later.

chasboy
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chasboy 09/11/10 - 07:43 am
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My friend calls the Old

My friend calls the Old Testament "The Book Of Excuses."

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 09/11/10 - 07:50 am
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They should have this whack
Unpublished

They should have this whack job pushing a broom, not counseling children

areps2
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areps2 09/11/10 - 08:12 am
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GREAT a wonderful school and

GREAT a wonderful school and what sounds like a wonderful employee. I could talk for hours about how great ACS is.

JustMe
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JustMe 09/11/10 - 08:20 am
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If the class is for couseling

If the class is for couseling how can you pick and chose who you counsel. If a Dr is against homosexuality and someone come in from a terrible car accident can you refuse to treat them?? Of course not. Well you should have to treat all mental illnesses no matter who the person is. If this is part of the curriculum I say that she is wrong. Is she going to refuse to treat cheaters and unmarried couple too which is definitely wrong according to the bible. Jesus treats sin as sin and one sin is no worse than the other to him.

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curly123053 09/11/10 - 08:22 am
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I am in total support of Ms.

I am in total support of Ms. Keeton as a fellow Christian, but I think she would get a better education at a Christian university rather than ASU with all the distractions. Maybe she should look at transferring to somewhere like North Greenville University in the SC Foothills. It is a university affiliated with the Southern Baptists with mountains all around it just above Greenville. I am sure NGU would welcome her and she would finish her education without all the distractions she is going through now.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/11/10 - 08:26 am
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Well, hopefully she won't be

Well, hopefully she won't be pulling double time selling M&Ms as a booster (like everyone at Curtis Baptist had to do). At least she isn't working with the general public. (you gotta pay extra for that special kind of crazy)

impossible
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impossible 09/11/10 - 09:48 am
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Cain said: "I wonder what
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Cain said: "I wonder what type of counseling teenage homosexuals receive at Augusta Christian Schools. Prayer and abstinence? Fundamentalist Christians, Mormons (I'm not saying Mormons aren't Christians), and Muslims share something in common. They are all homophobic. Where does Christian love and acceptance come into play here?" The above "mark of Cain" denigrates prayer and abstinence.
Christian love and acceptance come into play by standing for and teaching timeless truths even if it's painful for some to hear them. They come in to play by attempting to offer genuine help to other sinners instead of offerilng abused notions of "tolerance" selectively applied. Cain's intolerance is obvious no matater his denials.

impossible
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impossible 09/11/10 - 10:00 am
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JustMe? Your post is not
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JustMe? Your post is not entirely clear. Hopefully it is tongue in cheek. Refusing to condone and support aberrant behavior is not a refusal to treat or counsel. Should the counseling of an alcoholic or kleptomaniac be supportive of their inappropriate behavior? There are degrees of seriousness in God's eyes when it comes to sin. Stealing a Snickers bar is not the same as endangering or taking another's physical life or eternal life.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/11/10 - 10:07 am
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How nice for her. Bless her

How nice for her. Bless her heart.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/11/10 - 10:08 am
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"There are degrees of

"There are degrees of seriousness in God's eyes when it comes to sin."

Oh, really? And here I thought all along that sin was sin, and no sin is greater than another. You know, like it says in the Bible.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/11/10 - 10:10 am
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I promote recognition, Cain.

I promote recognition, Cain. My agenda is reason over blind acceptance .

MrsAlicia
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MrsAlicia 09/11/10 - 10:45 am
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She lacks the Christian

She lacks the Christian values she espouses and treats others poorly when on campus. I believe ASU was in the right, but if anyone needs God--she does!

jnosbon
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jnosbon 09/11/10 - 10:49 am
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Corgimom: "Oh, really? And

Corgimom: "Oh, really? And here I thought all along that sin was sin, and no sin is greater than another. You know, like it says in the Bible."

Jesus: “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11)

Perhaps you should actually know what the Bible actually says, rather than the ignorant and commonplace "you know, like it says in the Bible."

bone1
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bone1 09/11/10 - 11:06 am
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glad she found employment.

glad she found employment. hopefully she will be happy with people who think and believe similarly to her. there is no reason to believe that she has to change her values to find happiness in counseling; however, ASU does have the right to expect everyone in their program to adhere to professional standards as they define them. ms. keeton should be able to find a degree-granting institution with standards similar to hers and not try to force her different standards on others. remember, she agreed to participate in ASU's program expectations when she was granted admission to the college - no one ever told her that the school would give her different standards to accomodate her beliefs.

soldout
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soldout 09/11/10 - 11:39 am
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Being gay isn't a special sin

Being gay isn't a special sin but just another sin that was paid for by the death of Christ. From an eternal view, it would be better to get forgiveness and change your choice of this sin and repent rather than to celebrate it. Hell is never a good choice for your future and the destruction of sin doesn't make the trip there too good either. Sin is just plain dumb.

The Shadow
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The Shadow 09/11/10 - 11:39 am
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At the heart of the matter is

At the heart of the matter is Ms. Keeton and her unwillingness to put
aside her own beliefs to counsel those who may come to her in need. If
she is unable to do this then she is unable to function effectively in
her chosen profession, sort of like a construction worker that doesn't
like working outside. It has also been stated by the university that in
not being able to set aside her somewhat extreme views of her religion
that she is breaking the code of ethics as set forth by the school and
the American Counseling Association as well as the American School
Counselor Association. The latter two organizations of which she will
have to conform to if she wishes to work as a counselor.
It's not about punishing the poor little christian girl (add sarcasm
liberally). It's about a girl who refused to follow the guidelines set
for her chosen profession and now she's crying about the repercussions.

soldout
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soldout 09/11/10 - 11:41 am
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Her views are not extreme but

Her views are not extreme but totally normal.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/11/10 - 11:54 am
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It's all about Ms Keeton

It's all about Ms Keeton knowing there isn't a homogene.

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