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Here are the links to Part I and Part II, in case you missed the previous entries in this series.

In the spring of 2004, Mr. Ford (featured in Part II of this series) enrolled in Professor Trepper’s Sex Therapy class. Throughout this class, Trepper chose to approach the subject from a permissive moral viewpoint. At one point in the semester, he asked Ms. Rosemary Duffy-Greslo, a student in the master’s program, to teach a three hour class period. Duffy-Greslo spent the three hour class period exploring the homosexual political agenda and how her fellow students could advance it in America.

On April 14, 2004, Mr. Ford visited Professor Trepper’s office to ask questions about applying the information from the sex therapy class to different types of clients. He wanted to know how he could apply this knowledge to a patient who has a traditional view of morality - one who follows Biblical moral teachings. As an example, he mentioned the therapeutic approach called “sensate focus,” which uses systematic desensitization to help couples achieve coitus. As it teaches individuals to masturbate, a religious person might not use this technique without violating his religion.

In response, Professor Trepper asked Mr. Ford whether he would conduct “gay affirmative therapy” or “gay couple therapy.” Mr. Ford responded that he would do neither because he did not feel competent to do so. Both clearly violated his faith tradition so, instead, he said he would refer clients requesting such treatment to other therapists. Trepper responded saying: “I just don’t know whether you can even be in the program.”

Later, Professor Trepper asked Mr. Ford: “Didn’t you get asked the Mormon scanning question?” Mr. Ford was confused about the phrase “Mormon scanning question,” so he asked for elaboration. Trepper explained that “it is a question to determine whether Mormons can get into this program.” Mr. Ford immediately recalled all the questions during the admission interviews regarding the alleged ethical issues that confront LDS students as they work with gays.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.