Major University Boots Student Over Christian Views
Discrimination takes all forms these days. Whether it's based on political preference, religious points of view, or the color of your skin, it seems like more and more people have been claiming discrimination and seeing its ugly head in their lives.
Recently, that discrimination has invaded the campus of Missouri State University and has tried to ruin the life of Andrew Cash, a graduate student trying to get a Master's of Science degree in counseling.
Cash was dismissed without appeal from his counseling program because he reportedly gave the "wrong answer" in a discussion where his Christian religious beliefs came into play.
According to the lawsuit, which has been filed by the Thomas More Society, Cash was put in a "hypothetical situation concerning whether he would provide counseling services to a gay/homosexual couple."
However, what happened to Cash seems unconscionable at a major university that purports to offer freedom of thought and expression.
Cash gave an answer that he felt he wouldn't be comfortable counseling the homosexual couple. His teachers were offended by the answer he gave.
"He expressed that he would be happy to counsel gay individuals on any other matter – for instance, depression or anxiety – and would be glad to refer them to a counselor better fit to advise on same-sex relationship matters," states the lawsuit.
Cash, however, was dismissed without appeal from the program, effectively ending his chances of being a counselor--unless Cash is reinstated in the program, something that the lawsuit is asking to happen.
It's unbelievable that someone would be kicked out of his program because he stood up for his religion. It's not an uncommon event in the world of counseling to have a counselor who feels they are unable to effectively counsel a couple who then refers that couple to someone more in line with their thinking.
But Cash wasn't given that option. He was ousted.
This is outrageous.