My attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund recently filed suit against Augusta State University. I’m happy, but Neal Boortz and other supporters of government-imposed thought-reform programs are spitting mad. Boortz is one of the leaders of a public smear campaign against a counseling student who was told that her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession.
The Christian student, Jennifer Keeton, has been told by Augusta State University government officials that she must stop sharing her Christian beliefs with others. She has also been told that she must change her Christian beliefs in order to graduate from the government-funded counseling program.
Neal Boortz, a libertarian, is angry at her because she believes that choice, not just sheer genetic determinism, plays a role in human sexual behavior.
Neal Boortz has often asserted that people’s circumstances are nothing more than the product of the choices they have made in life. But not when it comes to homosexuality. On that issue, Boortz just can’t see straight (please pardon the pun). And if you disagree with Boortz or his allies in the politically correct academy then you are a homophobe or, in Boortz’ on-air opinion, a “dumba**.”
Augusta State ordered Keeton to undergo the Neal Boortz-endorsed government re-education plan, which involves “diversity sensitivity training,” additional remedial reading, and additional papers to describe the re-education program’s impact on her beliefs. It also orders her to “work to increase exposure and interactions with gay populations. One such activity could be attending the Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.” The school stopped short of making her wear flannel shirts and download music by The Village People.
But if she does not change her beliefs or agree to the plan, the university says it will expel her from the Counselor Education Program. Boortz, the libertarian, agrees with the government thought-reform program. And he has labeled opponents as “homophobes.”
For the record, I don’t fear anyone, gay or straight. But I do fear my government, especially when it uses words like “re-education” in the same sentence with words like “multicultural.”
Keeton, who is 24, was peacefully pursuing her master’s degree in counseling. But, recently, her professors learned of her biblical beliefs, specifically her views on homosexual conduct, from both classroom discussions and by investigating private conversations with other students. They later decided to impose the re-education plan. There is no accusation that Keeton ever denigrated anyone in communicating her beliefs.