Ga. Student Fights Expulsion over Biblical Beliefs

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A Christian graduate student at a Georgia university has asked a federal appeals court to bar the school from expelling her over her beliefs on homosexuality. 

Augusta State University put counseling student Jennifer Keeton on academic probation in 2010 after she said it would be hard to work with gay clients.

Keaton claims the university's move violates her First Amendment rights.

The university said her thinking was unethical and threatened expulsion unless Keeton attended gay pride events and sensitivity training.

She refused and filed a federal suit against the school for trying to expel her for her Christian convictions. A judge rejected her challenge, and the case is now before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The nonprofit Christian advocacy Alliance Defense Fund is representing Keeton in the case.

"[Augusta State University] faculty have promised to expel Miss Keeton from the graduate Counselor Education Program not because of poor academic showing or demonstrated deficiencies in clinical performance, but simply because she has communicated both inside and outside the classroom that she holds to Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity," Keeton said in the suit.

Both sides have declined to comment on the matter as the case is under a gag order by the court.

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