The lawsuit, Brooker v. The Governors of Missouri State University (MSU), was filed on Oct. 30 by the Alliance Defend Fund on behalf of Emily Brooker, a student in the university's school of social work. The ADF, a Christian legal group that advocates religious freedom, accuses tax-funded MSU of retaliating against Brooker because she refused to sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of homosexual adoption as part of a class project.
Wow. That's so blatant that it amazes even me--and you'd think that I'd expect this kind of stuff. So the professor and the school apologized to the student, right? Of course--in Alternate Reality World.
Again, wow. And remember, this is a state school that gets taxpayer money--so check out this little First Amendment faux pas:
On Dec. 16, Brooker faced a two-and-a-half hour ethics review conducted by faculty, including Kauffman. Brooker was permitted neither legal representation nor her parents' presence. A written transcript of the meeting was not allowed.
It should be noted, however, that this is standard procedure in academia. Closed and unrecorded hearings at which students are not allowed legal representation are common on campuses across North America.
In their third accusation, the committee allegedly claimed "that Ms. Brooker's Christian beliefs conflicted with the National Association of Social Worker Code of Ethics (NASWCE)." It demanded she write a paper on how to "lessen the gap" between her personal beliefs and professional obligations.
Let me remind you that her personal beliefs at issue here relate to homosexual adoption--and while I may or may not share her particular views on this topic, she's not far from the mainstream at all.
Here's another case in point:
[L]ast year Rhode Island College’s School of Social Work required a master’s degree student, who identified himself as politically conservative, to publicly advocate for political causes to which he morally objected. When the student refused, he was informed "he could no longer pursue a master’s degree in social work policy" at the college.
I guess you can't be a conservative and a social worker. So much for that whole liberal "diversity" thing.