GRX/CG: Augusta, Georgia (00:00-00:05)
Jennifer Keeton (00:20-00:25)
(Video Courtesy: Alliance Defense Fund)
TRT = 1:40
"I really want to serve others. I want to strengthen and prepare young people for the challenges they will face."
JEN KEETON PLANS TO BECOME A SCHOOL COUNSELOR.
RIGHT NOW SHE’S A GRADUATE STUDENT AT AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY IN AUGUSTA GEORGIA.
JEN IS ALSO A CHRISTIAN, SOMETHING SHE’S NOT ASHAMED TO SHARE WITH THOSE AROUND HER.
"I have, on a few occasions, shared my Biblical convictions and views in assignments in class discussions and with other students."
AND FOR SIMPLY VOICING HER DEEPLY-HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, INCLUDING CLEAR BIBLICAL TEACHINGS ON SEXUAL MORALITY, THIS 24-YEAR-OLD STUDENT IS UNDER FIRE FROM THE FACULTY AT AUGUSTA STATE.
"The school counseling faculty has decided that my views are not acceptable for me or to share with other students and because of that, they have required a remediation plan in which the end result would be altering my beliefs or being dismissed from the program."
THAT “REMEDIATION PLAN” INCLUDES ATTENDING DIVERSITY WORKSHOPS AND SENSITIVITY TRAINING, A “SUGGESTION” TO ATTEND THE AUGUSTA “GAY PRIDE” PARADE, AND REPORTING BACK ONCE A MONTH TO SHOW HOW THESE ACTIVITIES ARE AFFECTING HER BELIEFS.
"While I want to stay in the school counseling program, I know that I can’t honestly complete the remediation plan knowing that I would have to alter my beliefs."
ON JEN’S BEHALF, THE ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND IS SUING AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY SO THIS FUTURE COUNSELOR CAN COMPLETE HER DEGREE FREE TO HAVE AND TO SHARE HER BIBLICAL BELIEFS.
"I’m not willing to and I know I can’t change my Biblical views."
Press release: adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/4140