University Settles With Student Expelled From Counseling Program Over Views on Homosexuality

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A university in Missouri has reached a settlement with a student that had been expelled from the school’s counseling program for advising that he could not counsel those involved in homosexuality on relationship matters.

Missouri State University (MSU) has agreed to pay $25,000 to Andrew Cash, “the estimated tuition cost for Cash to obtain a master’s degree in counseling from Evangel University or another similar institution.” Cash agreed in the settlement not to seek admission again at Missouri State, nor to be employed at the university.

The university did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement.

As previously reported, Cash began his master’s in counseling at MSU in 2007. To obtain a degree, students must have 600 hours of internship work and 240 counseling hours.

In 2011, Cash became involved as an intern with the Springfield Marriage and Family Institute. That year, he was asked to provide a class presentation, and so he invited a representative from the institute to talk to his class about Christian relationship counseling.

During the presentation, a student asked if the institute counsels homosexuals who are having relational problems, and the representative said that the organization would certainly counsel homosexuals individually, but not as a “couple.” He advised that the Christian convictions of the organization would not align with helping others stay in homosexual relationships.

The following week, MSU internship coordinator Kristi Perryman asked to meet with Cash, in which she asked him about his beliefs regarding counseling homosexuals.

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While some reports state that Cash said he wouldn’t counsel homosexuals at all, his attorneys refute the notion and advise that Cash would only have issue with providing relationship counseling those involved in same-sex romantic relationships.

“He never said he wouldn’t counsel a gay person,” Jason Craddock, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, told reporters.

Cash stated that for relationship advice, he would rather provide a referral to another counselor.

Perryman advised that Cash would not be permitted to continue his internship at the Springfield Marriage and Family Institute and that his internship hours would not count toward the requirement. He was also asked to write a paper about working with homosexuals and demonstrate that he had “learned from the experience.”

Cash applied for a new internship, but also asserted that there was nothing wrong with working with the institute. Perryman met with others about the matter, who agreed that Cash must either leave the program or go through remediation. Part of the remediation included retaking classes he had already passed with an A grade.

Cash appealed the decision to his superiors, but was unsuccessful and was expelled from the university counseling program not long before graduation.

He filed suit in April 2016, asserting that he was “targeted and punished for expressing his Christian worldview.”

“We are honored to have represented Andrew Cash in his quest to serve others with professional counseling while maintaining his religious convictions,” attorney Thomas Olp with the Thomas More Society told World. “His religious convictions are protected by the U.S. Constitution and should have been respected in an academic environment.”

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  • RWH

    Actually, the student didn’t win anything except some cash to use at another school. It’s a very hollow victory inasmuch as any school with an accredited counseling program will need to stipulate that the student will work with all populations; otherwise, they will lose their accreditation. Furthermore, the student isn’t walking away with cash. The money is in reserve for tuition at another school, providing that they will accept the credits from another school. Schools that are accredited will transfer only six credits.

    I’m sure that there are a number of unaccredited Christian schools that will trip over themselves to get another student and will transfer everything in. I just hope that they’re honest enough to tell students that without an accredited degree, their job chances are limited as accreditation means everything in that business.

    • Michex

      Homosexuals and the LGBTQ movement are anti-Christian and will allow no dissent of any type. It’s not just about counselors.

      Any employee just about anywhere who expresses a traditional view of homosexuality or believes that same sex marriage is ridiculous – which 99.99% of people always believed – will find him/herself under attack.

      Many laws now state that a male who merely “considers” himself a female can use a female shower room and locker room and display his male organs just as the girls do.

      Homosexual books are being handed out to 1st graders and 5 year old kids are told by their teachers that their “gender” is just a kind of fantasy that does not have anything to do with biology and that they can be a boy, a girl, neither or both.

      This is the true face of the LGBTQ movement.

      • RWH

        Lots of accusations with absolutely no basis in fact. I know of no laws that are so flippant as to claim that someone can just decide something and can have free reign over bathroom choice. Furthermore, there are a lot of Christians who have moved beyond stark stereotypes to more thoughtful thinking. It’s the thoughtless ones who simply brand people with cruel labels without even bothering to get to know them.

        • Michex

          I guess you are unaware of laws that allow anyone who considers him/herself transgender to go into any shower room they choose.

          You should read this on the Lambda Legal site:
          Understanding your rights

          If you’re transgender or gender-nonconforming (TGNC), just walking through the door of a public bathroom or locker-room can be a stressful, scary experience. Bathrooms and locker rooms can invite extra scrutiny of your appearance based on gender stereotypes, whether at school, a gym or a public place.

          The bottom line is that you should be allowed to use the restroom or locker room that matches your gender identity, regardless of whether you’re making a gender transition or appear gender-nonconforming.

          There is no rule that you must look a certain way to use a certain restroom. That’s “gender policing” and it’s harmful to anyone dressed or groomed in a way that doesn’t conform to someone else’s idea of gender.

          “Holding it in” comes with health risks, including infection.

          If you’re stopped or harassed, make sure you’re safe and then report the incident to police, school administrators or other authorities.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Okay, I don’t know what that has to do with “targeting Christians” though. No religion is mentioned in that passage at all.

          • Michex

            You’re on the wrong thread. I replied to someone who questioned me about transgender bathrooms.

      • johndoe

        They are not anti christian. They are, however, anti christian discrimination and bigotry. Your 99.9% statistic doesn’t fly anymore. Pitiful

        • Michex

          Interesting that homosexuals and the LGBTQ movement rarely complain about Judaism and Islam or any other religion.
          Interesting that homosexuals target only Christian bakeries.
          Interesting that they target only Christian employees, teachers, houses of worship etc.

          • johndoe

            Any proof of targeting? Nope.

          • Michex

            A lot of atheists think like you.

          • johndoe

            Show me the proof.

  • Roy Payne

    Points out my contention that a Christian who seeks a degree in counseling should not be going to a secular institution. Anyone who thinks that in this day and age, your Bible-based convictions will be accepted, much less honored, is not living in the real world.

    • Amos Moses

      trying to stand with one foot in one kingdom and the other foot in the other Kingdom ……. does not work ……

      • Robert

        Jesus told the military officer in the Roman government he had great faith .Jesus did not say you need to leave that, you can’t have one foot in my Father’s earthly government and another foot in my Father’s heavenly government. A CHRISTIAN CAN BE and is in BOTH. The earthly government ruled by the natural knowledge that A God exists and that the people are.accountable to him. The heavenly government that knows Jesus’s is God and he has lived perfect for people and died for there mountain mountains of sins and that Jesus rose no proving all his promises are true including that we to one day will rise no fly even after our bodies are long gone I’n death.

        • Amos Moses

          10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
          10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
          10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

          • Robert

            That passage is dealing with people of God’s right hand kingdom .about heavenly or church matters .it’s not dealing with Gods left Hand kingdom earthly government how God rules by way of natural knowledge that all men have of him .

      • Robert

        (1)The bible teachs law that shows our sins . (2)The gospel of Jesus that’s shows our only savior from sin .it also teachs (3)God’s left hand earthly government
        And how christians are part of it as well as other people and (4) God’s right hand heavenly government which only christians are part of.

        • Amos Moses

          Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

          Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

          • Robert

            Both feet in both the left and right kingdomsthat God rules over is not serving two masters .
            God rules over both the left and right kingdoms. As the Bible teachs .

          • Amos Moses

            serving God …. and trying to please men by a “degree” from mans university is a different kingdom …. two different kingdoms …. gods and men ……….

      • Robert

        For the Christian it’s both feet in both kingdoms.! and the unbeliever it both feet in only the earthly kingdom. The bible doctrine is called God’s two kingdom doctrine … most churchs baptist lutheran assembly of God .use What Martin Luther said about these two kingdoms to explain it. Just as they use Luther to explain the doctrine All Christians are priests before God ( all christian should share in the praises of Jesus’s who called them out of darkness into his wonderful light. Being priests before God is not the same as pastor he called by God by way of a christian congregation to preach and give the sacraments.

    • Michex

      Even people who do not believe in the Bible are against the LGBTQ agenda.
      People have been against homosexuality for many thousands of years, long before there were any worldwide or major religions.
      In any case, as you may know, in California and elsewhere, laws are being passed to force even religious institutions to conform to the homosexual line.
      The homo-fascists are not going to stop so please don’t think that retreating into a Christian institution is going to save a person.
      The LGBTQ movement is out for sexual anarchy and destruction.
      If you doubt this, just look at any “gay pride” parade – S and M, bondage, denigration of religion, frontal nudity, and more. That’s what the movement represents.

      • johndoe

        Wrong. I’m an atheist who is married and have children. I support their push for equal rights. This person was pushed out of the program due to their discrimination in counseling gay couples. The institution did this…not the supposed gay agenda. Don’t you and RCQ have any hate articles at barbwire to comment on?

        • Michex

          Like I said, funny how homosexuals rarely target anyone except Christians even though there are many millions of non-Christian religious people in this country.
          I guess it’s all a big coincidence.

          • johndoe

            Christians seem to be the only ones in America a who are discriminating. Nobody has been targeted.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The Western culture should not protect homosexuality unconditionally like some mad men. Why do they do this? Is it a vengeance against the colored people who obtained equal rights with the white people in recent decades? Why do they now make a society that singles out the Christians and bullies them this time? Even if a man seeks what is pure and right, he falls into a pit time to time. If the whole culture makes the support of sexual immorality a citizen’s duty, what kind of ridiculous world is that? The West really should stop acting self-smart. This is religious persecutions against Christians and against all who believe in sane morality. Liberals will never be able to tame Biblical Christians. Christianity is forever incompatible with the current Western depravity. The Western world needs Judeo-Christian values to be good and do what is right again.

  • NCOriolesFan

    Throw-in some tax dollar supplied emotional distress and punitive damages too.