An important court case was handed down today by a Federal Court of Appeals in Texas.
About three years ago, a graduate student in counseling doing supervised work was assigned a gay client. She declined to counsel the client because her religion viewed homosexuality a moral issue.
There was a protocal counseling students were taught to follow which did not include refusing a client for moral reasons. The student was dismissed from the program. A lower court unheld the University. The Court of Appeals reversed that and admonished the University to make accomdations for moral aversions such as that of the student.
This is a new form of protest by religious conservatives who want to make life as miserable as possible for some. What one has to wonder what the future holds.
New religions are born everyday, someone estimated three a day around the world. All manner of moral standards are included. As readers know, they involve food taboos, daily prayer rituals and who knows what else.
If employees in restaurants will not serve certain foods, hospital employees certain patients and landlords will not rent to certain people because of some moral hang up, we’re right back to the pre civil rights era. It just does not seem right for there to be a priveledged class that can make up its own rules.
Justice Scalia wondered about all of this himself, “Are we to become a country where every man is a law unto himself?”