Court upholds expulsion of student from public university for Christian beliefs 

A few weeks ago we saw a University of Illinois professor who was fired after a student complained that he was teaching Catholic doctrine on homosexuality in a course titled, appropriately enough, “Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought.”

Now a court has upheld the expulsion of a Christian student at a public university in Michigan over her personal beliefs on homosexuality:

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counseling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

“It’s a very dangerous precedent,” Jeremy Tedesco, legal counsel for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, told FOX News Radio. “The ruling doesn’t say that explicitly, but that’s what is going to happen.”

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed Ward’s lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was removed from the school’s counseling program last year because she refused to counsel homosexual clients.

Whether your straight or gay, the idea that the the powers that be — especially the federal government — can tell you what you can and can’t do based on your private religious beliefs ought to be alarming.

Chai Feldblum, a Georgetown University law professor and gay activist, has ominously said that when religious liberty conflicts with gay rights, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”

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