It’s not like they’re known for helping people anyway. Look, it’s another faux martyr:
A woman who worked as a counselor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims she was wrongly fired because of religious discrimination for refusing to advise a woman in a same-sex relationship, and she asked a federal appeals court Thursday to let her bring a lawsuit against the Atlanta-based agency.
There’s no dispute that a woman came to Marcia Walden in 2007 for advice involving a same-sex relationship, and Walden was let go after she told the woman she couldn’t help because her “personal values” as a devout Christian prevented her from offering any assistance. The woman, who was not named in legal filings, complained to administrators that she felt “judged and condemned” by Walden after the encounter.
The company that the CDC had hired to provide counseling services, Computer Sciences Corporation, terminated Walden at the CDC’s request.
The CDC and the company told the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that Walden could have simply referred the employee to another counselor without explanation. They argued that Walden’s religious beliefs didn’t require her to tell the client about her moral objections to engaging in same-sex relationship counseling.
“The CDC intervened and said we can’t have a counselor who wants to exclude an entire segment of the population,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, an attorney for the contractor. “It would destroy the integrity of the program. People don’t want to come in and see a counselor if they are going to be kicked in the knees.”
And that’s what Fundamentalist counselors do with anyone who doesn’t conform to their little worldview. They kick them in the knees.
But this seems to be a consistent problem with fundamentalists trying to be counselors, so maybe their “colleges” should simply recommend that they either pursue unaccredited “Christian counseling” or stay away from the field. I imagine it would be better for both sides.