Why would a homosexual seeking relationship advice want to go to a counselor who believes that his or her behavior is a sin?
That’s a good question. The same applies to homosexuals who ask Christian bakers and photographers to provide services for their “weddings.”
The First Amendment protects our freedom to express a point of view and to refrain from expressing a point of view. This provision also protects our right to refrain from doing that which we believe conflicts with our faith.
Lawmakers in Tennessee recognize these rights. They passed a bill in February that would protect Christian counselors who don’t want to advise homosexuals on what he or she believes is a sinful relationship. Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed that bill into law.
As expected, the homosexual lobby doesn’t like it. From WORLD:
“No counselor or therapist providing counseling therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist,” Senate Bill 1556 states.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the LGBT activist organization GLAAD, claims the law will “target LGBT people.”
“Denying anyone vital mental health services simply because they’re LGBT isn’t just outrageous, it’s outright dangerous,” Ellis said.
But Haslam notes the law also protects clients by allowing professional counselors to send them to someone “better suited” to meet their needs.
Would anyone object to a Christian counselor referring to another counselor an adulterous client who wanted to continue in his or her adultery?
As the governor noted, the new law isn’t targeted toward a certain group. The intent is to protect counselors from participating in what they believe conflicts with their faith and/or conscience.
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