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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Do You Really Not See The Irony?

At issue: Students' religious rights in graduate program
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/18/2009 4:10:00 AM

Michigan State Representative Tom McMillin has introduced a resolution dealing with a Christian's right to stand behind her religious beliefs.

Okay, so right away, you know this is going to be kinda nutty.

Julea Ward was a part of the Eastern Michigan University Graduate School of Counseling. With only two months left until graduation with a master's degree, she was dismissed for declining on religious grounds to provide counseling to a homosexual who was trying to improve his relationship with his partner.

Seems reasonable, she refused to do the assignment and was dismissed. That's kinda how the world works. But here comes State Representative Tom McMillan to crazy it up.

"I was just calling on Eastern Michigan University to end this kind of discrimination based on somebody's religious beliefs, and ask our state's attorney general to conduct an investigation to see if her civil rights were violated, which certainly appears to be [the case]," Representative McMillan contends.

See, she was being discriminated against by not being allowed to discriminate against the other guy. No irony there!

McMillin, however, wants to add to the investigation.

"And we're also looking at funding. Michigan is in a very difficult budget situation right now, and I feel that if the university's going to be giving that kind of discrimination that the taxpayers would like for them to have a little of their funding pared back as a result," he notes, "and so I am going to be working on that as well."

Yes, the best tried-and-true remedy for discrimination is, of course, blackmail!

The state lawmaker believes some university instructors have an elitist, politically correct mentality that should not be tolerated.

I will not tolerate an attitude which will not tolerate me not tolerating someone else's tolerance of, um oh I lost my train of thought.
My head hurts now.

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