blogsome 2010-07-29

There were many good comments on this recent, very frightening decision on the Julea Ward case. I thought M Warner summed it up nicely, using very plain language.

The judge said this in defense of his decision:

“The university had a rational basis for requiring students to counsel clients without imposing their personal values.”

So whose values are we supposed to “impose?”  This is the ridiculous point at the heart of any argument dealing with the mixing of our values and any kind of public policy. It’s the same lame excuse made by pro-choice Catholic politicians who hide behind it in order to “not impose” their own supposedly pro-life beliefs on everyone else.

Well if you aren’t imposing your own beliefs or your own values….whose values are you imposing? And why are you allowed to impose those?  But not your own?

See, in this case, the leaders at Eastern Michigan were allowed to impose their own personal values.  And the judge seemed to be alright imposing his own personal values as well. The only person that couldn’t impose their own personal values in all of this was the Christian who listened to her more correctly formed conscience. Pretty whack if you ask me.

It’s all a ruse. People who make such arguments are playing tricks where they make an imaginary distinction between values that are okay to impose (like abortions and homosexual activity are healthy choices) and those that are not okay to impose (like anything that disagrees with them).  And they try to portray the things that disagree with their agenda as just your “personal values” that simply can not be imposed on others in a pluralistic society.  And on the flip side they implicitly portray their own agenda (their own personal values) as objective, reasonable rules to the playground – not their own personal values of course.

In the end, all judgments we make are personal judgments informed by our personal values. There is no escaping it. Anyone who pretends otherwise is a fraud. We’re really in sad shape now that we have federal judges making these kinds of arguments. Particularly while overlooking the individual rights of the student in question and her freedom to respect her own conscience.



“The university had a rational basis for requiring students to counsel clients without imposing their personal values.”

Rational? Orwellian.


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