Paula here. I wrote the title. I became a teacher to motivate children to learn. My passion never left me. I taught that discrimination not only hurts another person(s) but it negatively affects the person applying it. You can’t love your neighbour and discriminate. This is clearly seen in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan, the most despised, is placed as a hero by Jesus over the priest and Levite. While I blog often about religious extremism, I do so in the hope that someone that is a religious fanatic might change. This will affect every LGBTI person they meet and perhaps, if they are a parent, it will influence their children. It is better than being silent!
Tennessee Joins the Red Neck Discriminating States – Shame. Shame.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed an anti-LGBTI bill that makes it legal for counselors and therapists in the state to turn away clients based on ‘sincerely held principles.’
The new law, which has been denounced as anti-gay and anti-trans ‘hate bill’ by the American Counseling Association, goes into effect immediately.
‘Although Senate Bill 1556 has received attention for its perceived focus, my job is to look at the actual substance of the legislation,’ Hallam said in a statement on Wednesday, April 27, 2016: that he reached his decision after ‘considerable thought and discussion’ with counselors both for and against the bill.
Haslam said two provisions in the law satisfied concerns he had about clients not receiving care.
The first is that it clearly states that it ‘shall not apply to a counselor or therapist when an individual seeking or undergoing counseling is in imminent danger of harming themselves or others.’
(Can you imagine the sympathy if the therapist or counsellor has no compassion for a LGBTI person who feels the need to commit suicide? Can you imagine the counsellor telling the person that he/she is a sinner and everything about them goes against Scripture).
The second is that the law requires any counselor or therapist who feels they can’t serve a client must coordinate a referral to another counselor or therapist willing to provide the counseling or therapy.
“Look, Fred. I find that you are an abomination in the sight of God. I refuse to help you. I love you, but NOT the sin. I am referring you to another counsellor who is NOT a Christian or is a liberal which is of concern to me, but that’s not my concern. My concern is to follow Jesus.”
‘The substance of this bill doesn’t address a group, issue or belief system,’ Haslam stated. ‘Rather, it allows counselors – just as we allow other professionals like doctors and lawyers – to refer a client to another counselor when the goals or behaviors would violate a sincerely held principle. I believe it is reasonable to allow these professionals to determine if and when an individual would be better served by another counselor better suited to meet his or her needs.’
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee called the law ‘troubling’ and expressed disappointment in the governor for signing it.
‘This measure is rooted in the dangerous misconception that religion can be used as a free pass to discriminate,’ said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee.
‘Allowing counselors to treat some potential clients differently from others based on their personal beliefs defies professional standards and could cause significant harm to vulnerable people.
‘This law is yet another attack on the LGBT community in the wake of marriage equality — but we will continue to fight until LGBT Tennesseans are treated fairly and equally in every part of their lives and in the greater community.’
Paula’s comments: How far will these right-wing UNchristians go? Will they deny all religions that do not follow Jesus. After all, the first Commandment is THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME. Muslims do not accept Jesus as God – neither do Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Atheists, etc. etc. When will the madness of hate END?
IGNORING SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
The World Psychiatric Association composed of nearly 200 countries, issued a declaration in March 2016. It was addressed to the United Nations and World Leaders. It stated that attempts to try and change homosexuality is unethical and makes a person feel unaccepting to his/her life. It further points out that since homosexuality cannot be reversed or changed, it is therefore NOT a choice.