On September 3, 2004, the faculty held an orientation meeting with the incoming class of students. At this meeting, they outlined the memo from August 23, 2004, which explained that the program had adopted the positions of the APA on “same-sex marriage” and same sex parenting. (See Parts, I, II, III, IV, and V of this series).
The faculty also indicated that they would not write letters of recommendation for any student who did not approve of “same-sex marriage” or same-sex parenting. The faculty further indicated that anyone who was found to be “discriminatory” toward “LGBT” individuals had no place in the program. According to them, “healers” could not take positions contrary to the political allies of the homosexual movement.
On September 7, 2004, Mr. Ford had a follow up meeting with ProfessorWetchler. During that meeting, Wetchler inquired as to whether Mr. Ford had changed his views on “same-sex marriage” and again insisted that Mr. Ford apologize for writing the letter to the editor. Mr. Ford stated that his views on the subject had not changed and that he would not apologize for exercising his First Amendment freedoms.
In the fall of 2004, Professor Hecker’s ethics class focused on reparative therapy, which is therapy for those who wish to overcome attraction to members of the same sex. At the end of class on September 29, 2004, she handed out worksheets that described an ethical dilemma. This dilemma involved a male, church-going therapist who recommended that a client and his family consider reparative therapy and directed them to the National Association of Research andTherapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). This counseling involved reparative therapy, which Hecker characterized as completely unethical.
At the beginning of class on October 6, 2004, Professor Hecker passed out new worksheets, stating that the old ones were incorrect. The new worksheets involved a female church-going therapist who was counseling a client whose parents believed that homosexuality was a sin. But the rest of the details remained unchanged.
During the ethics class, Professor Hecker spent six class hours discussing an article she had co-authored with Ms. Duffy-Greslo, which consistently portrayed nonreligious individuals as tolerant, healthy, mature, and well-developed. In contrast, it portrayed religiously orthodox people as stunted, immature, and less developed.
During October of 2004, Professor Hecker began evaluating Mr. Ford’s work with scrutiny she did not apply to others. For the first time, she began requiring
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