Enterprising Student Gets Paid for Being Offended by Coursework She Chose

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Short on cash? Did you know that some so-called “academic institutions” have outrageous requirements for students in their counseling programs – like they have to actually try to listen to people’s problems, regardless of what they are, sometimes even with empathy? Or that these same institutions don’t want to accept your unrelated beliefs as an excuse for not mastering every aspect of a given subject? Luckily, universities everywhere want to make students learn everything on their curriculum before they hand out degrees – a dumb mistake that can be exploited by YOU!

If you’re as shrewd and exploitative as former Eastern Michigan University student Julea Ward, you can just sue your stupid school for intolerance toward your beliefs after they insist you complete course requirements – since lawyers are so expensive, they’ll probably just give you the money! ($75,000, in Ward’s case.)

Here’s how to get in on Ward’s racket: you will have to join a university counseling program, like Ward did, or perhaps something that leads to another profession with a similar code of ethics. Once in this position, refuse to carry out assignments that demonstrate your ability to adhere to the profession’s code of ethics – maybe, for example, you could counsel some gay to stop being so gay if he wants society to accept him or whatever, and tell him you haven’t any better ideas to offer, ho ho! Gayness may be your best line of attack in baiting the school into reprimanding your ethics violation, since so many religions hate gays and religion is a foolproof shield for people who want to discriminate without being discriminated against. When the school acts against you, you’ll want to get a hold of a crack lawyer team known for expanding the extremely narrow freedoms of Christian Americans.

It is, at this point, crucial that you point out you would have been willing to do the assignment that tramples all over your religious freedoms, just not remotely the way it was assigned.

In a YouTube video for the Alliance Defense Fund, Ward said that she “never refused to counsel homosexuals” but “had simply refused to affirm their lifestyle.”

 
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See, you want to ensure you clarify this point: in the case of counseling, you are totally willing to treat a homosexual patient, as long as you don’t have to address their problems in depth like you would with a heterosexual. After all, you’re the victim here! Remember, this is America, so you really want to lay on the “religious oppression” shtick thick if you want to intimidate your local University into funding life’s next crazy adventure.

How’s that for a recession stimulus?

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134 comments

    1. Cleos_Mom

      She won't need to. In view of their kowtowing to her demands, the school she currently attends is apparently brain-dead enough.

  1. Barbara_

    "………….because of my relationship with Christ."
    Christ just isn't into you anymore. He's dumping you for a nicer, more tolerant person.

    1. TheGyrus

      Also, given that Christ had 12 male apostles, its pretty clear that he wasn't exactly into the chicks, if you know what I mean.

        1. BornInATrailer

          No kidding. Like being the fag-hag isn't already lacking enough in the fulfillment department, now she doesn't even get mentioned?

    1. prommie

      Oh no, I was driving up Route 1 just the other day, through New Brunswick, and DeVry is a "University" now also!

      1. Jennyjen798

        I guess it depends on the student at those types of places. One ex of mine went to Devry for game design. He managed to get a nice paying gig making games. His roomate was his classmate and fellow video game graduate. He sorts mail at a law office.

  2. SoBeach

    In a YouTube video for the Alliance Defense Fund, Ward said that she “never refused to counsel homosexuals” but “had simply refused to affirm their lifestyle.”

    What the…?

    In kollege I didn't refuse to take "discrete mathematical structures", I just refused to affirm the subject by passing it. Where's my check?

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      When I was in the geology program, I refused to affirm plate tectonics or that the earth is a sphere or that our solar system is heliocentric. Magna Cum Laude, mothahfuckahs! Of course, University of Texas.

      1. ButthurtWingers2012

        Well shit puddles…you coulda just said thoze rockz come from god makin' the planet 6,000 years ago and they current shape was from the great floodz of Noahz Arc…that would get you a thesis credit at Liberty…

  3. actor212

    I always wanted to be a pharmacist that refused to fill Oxycontin prescriptions in Alabama! Now I can get paid not to do it! Thanks, Wonkette!

    1. janicket

      No, no, no! UR DOIN IT WRONG.

      You refuse to fill the BIRTH CONTROL prescriptions. You gladly fill the OXYCONTIN prescriptions, especially if they're for an obese radio ranter.

  4. Not_So_Much

    She's going to be a real asset to Dr. Bachmann's practice.

    (Har — just kidding. She's not within the approved color spectrum for anything to do with that family.)

    1. sewollef

      She's not within the approved color spectrum for anything to do with that family

      Exactly. She has a look of Pantone 133 to me. Trust me, I'm a designer…. it's not a good colour on a human asshole, sorry, republican theologist fundamentalist christian-type person.

    2. Cleos_Mom

      But every Gawd-fearin' white family needs at least one "black friend". Maybe the Bachmanns will hire her as a housekeeper.

  5. EatsBabyDingos

    Like the lady at Gallaudet University in DC last fall, they both seem a little tone deaf to society.

  6. GunToting[Redacted]

    It's like a Scientologist psychologist telling someone with major depression to cheer the fuck up and get on with their lives.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      From a Simpsons episode, if memory serves:

      Marge: Yes, Homer, I think I do have a gambling problem. I should get some counselling.
      Homer: Counseling costs a lot of money. Just stop gambling.

    2. doloras

      It's like a Scientologist psychologist telling someone with major depression to pay $15,000 to the Church of Scientology to audit out their traumatic memories of being on the losing side of a laser-gun battle in some insane space empire 3 billion years ago.

      /fify

  7. mavenmaven

    "she could not affirm their relationship because of her relationship with Christ"
    Because Jesus explicitly spoke out against homosexuality in, um, I'm sure there's a source somewhere.

    1. HateMachine

      I'm pretty sure when they were nailing him to the cross, Jesus was heard to complain "This is so gay!"

    2. sewollef

      So, this dipshit has a "relationship" with a fictitious sky fairy….. and she's complaining about the gheys?

    3. oenspiek

      "…Her relationship with Jesus"[?]

      Is Julea Ward the one who broke up Jesus and Judas? If so, for shame, harlot!

    4. Spider-Jerk

      It must have been in that same sermon where he also crapped on poor people, derided social programs as tools of the communist devil, said to disregard his earlier statements about not throwing stones or murdering others, praised predatory capitalism, and finished up by telling everyone to get themselves a bunch of guns.

  8. Schmannnity

    I wish I had known this sooner. I have very strong religious beliefs that do not comport with inorganic chemistry.

    1. GhostBuggy

      Why, I believe that's the Ypsilanti water tower!

      Ypsi is kind of a strange place. I've only visited, though, so maybe it's not.

        1. Negropolis

          It's a strange place. It's the poor man's Ann Arbor or the Blah Ann Arbor, and maybe with an even more liberal edge.

          1. GhostBuggy

            All I know is, when I visit my friend that lives there, we either hang out at his place or go to Ann Arbor. I think there's also a big beer festival in Ypsi that I somehow have never been to.

  9. Mahousu

    Don't worry about her job prospects; I understand Marcus Bachmann has an opening.

    What's that, you say? Already filled? Repeatedly?

  10. smellypossum

    She wouldn't even tell her patients to pray away the gay?

    Dang, there's a missed opportunity to fuck up someone's life under the guise of professional help.

    But here's a pile of cash for you… you know, for your trouble and stuff.

  11. Botlrokit

    Let's say I'm a Christian doctor. If I cure gay AIDS, I am affirming their lifestyle.

    Naturally, I refuse, because Jesus.

  12. Wile E. Quixote

    When did "religious freedumb" become an excuse for not doing your fucking job? I'm sick and tired of jackoffs like Ward, or the pharmacists who don't want to dispense Plan B or other birth control claiming that they don't have to because it would interfere with their religious freedumb. Talk about an entitlement mentality, the Jesus squeezers believe that they're entitled to whatever job they want, and if their moronic religious beliefs conflict with the duties of the job they believe that they're entitled to fuck off and still get paid.

    1. sewollef

      Jesus squeezers — I love it…. may I steal this phrase to use elsewhere?

      And thanks for the post, spot on!

    2. MosesInvests

      Yeah, it would be like me going to work at Burger King and refusing to make or serve bacon cheeseburgers because I keep kosher. Hello, that's one reason why I *don't* work at Burger King. Idiots.

    3. Cleos_Mom

      Jesus told the 'rich young ruler' to sell all he had and give it to the poor. Imagine the reaction if he said that to the Gawd-fearin' Real Amurrcns contingent today. Their reaction would make their hatred for Pres. Obama look like mild annoyance in comparison.

    1. bikerlaureate

      Exactly my thought.
      I'm broke but I would find a dollar to donate to EMU to help offset this expense.
      It stings up front, sometimes… but the emotional damage that would be done by the diabolically calculating Julea Ward can now avoided by any mental health administrator with principles above those of La Marcus.

      And you know EMU and every other grad level will tighten up their prescreening procedures, if needed…

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      I do get it. I have always wanted to release an AAA game while sleeping late, napping, and then drinking myself to sleep again. Who can I sue that denied me that dream??

      I think I am been damaged to the tune of several millions!

  13. hollyrocks209

    This is like a bartender refusing to serve people drinks because it goes against his religious beliefs that people shouldn't drink alcohol. Hey, he can make great drinks… they just can't have booze in them.

  14. Botlrokit

    And here I wait, for the avalanche of evidence that sits in multilingual, accessible academic halls around the world to irrevocably prove to assholes like her, once and for all, that her religion may exist — but the god she worships doesn't.

  15. BaldarTFlagass

    I guess she was working on her PhD, because it's pretty obvious that she already has a Master's Degree from Grifter U.

        1. MosesInvests

          Three religious truths:
          1. Jews don't recognize the divinity of Jesus.
          2. Protestants don't recognize the authority of the Pope.
          3. Baptists don't recognize each other in the liquor store.

  16. actor212

    In all seriousness, how do you choose counseling as a career and not contemplate the likelihood that you're going to be dealing with people's sexuality, and particularly, sexuality that has to be closeted because society frowns upon it and that you personally find offensive?

    WTF?

  17. FakaktaSouth

    I wanna be a teacher, but I hate kids. Pay me. I wanna be an OB-GYN but think ladies having babies are gross. Pay me. I wanna be a lawyer but I hate being judged. Pay me.

    Just, go away lady, you're dumb. Why is it some of the craziest fuckers always wanna be in some kind of psychiatric field?

    1. Tio_Doidinho

      Why is it some of the craziest fuckers always wanna be in some kind of psychiatric field?

      I think you just answered your own question there.

  18. memzilla

    So of course, she'll be donating this $75K she won to the nearest Christian Church. Yup.

    Ironically, her anti-homosexual behavior happened in a state which looks like a giant hand grabbing upwards towards a giant phallus.

  19. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Is this $75,000 per course, or per semester? Imagine how much a Christian Scientist could make at med school!

    1. rickmaci

      Is it malpractice if I am a Christian Scientist physician and I don't treat you because I go all Mary Baker Eddy if you come to me and are sick?

  20. Mojopo

    Should I want to hurl insults because she's being obtuse, or be glad that we can pay to shut people up? Decisions, decisions… If I really thought she would take the money and not impose her skewed POV on innocent, damaged people, it would be money well spent. But what are the chances she's going to stop here?

  21. Blunderthing

    Americans: Finding new and better ways to suck the money teat of fearful deep pocketed spineless litigation-shy institutions constantly. Amen.

  22. HogeyeGrex

    From a different article,

    "Public universities shouldn't force students to violate their religious beliefs to get a degree," said Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom

    Of course. So a Quaker who wanted a degree from West Point shouldn't have to do any of that fighty-killy stuff.

    Also, too: Fuck these people. Fuck them in the neck.

  23. Guppy

    I'm thinking the same trick won't work with the licensing board, though.

    Hope she minored in homeopathy!

  24. Troglodeity

    Step 1: We enroll in community college.
    Step 2: We register for a geology class.
    Step 3: We take the final exam and answer every question with "Because God created it that way" or "The Earth is six thousand years old."
    Step 4: After we get an "F" on the exam, we sue, and before you can say
    Step 5: We quit school, settle our lawsuit for $75K each, and go to Rio!

    1. prommie

      So then contempt and derision are healthy and appropriate responses to our fellows? I am just relieved to hear it, is all.

    1. shelwood46

      Well, duh, there aren't any gay kids in grade school. The Gays don't start recruiting until high school at the earliest, but mostly in college. That's when They turn 'em.

  25. Negropolis

    Julea, I'd love to counsel you, really, I would. But, I can't affirm your lifestyle choice as a greedy, intolerant bitch; it's against my philosophy.

    Good luck becoming a star in circles with people who will fucking hate your guts beneath their smiles because of your color.

  26. ttommyunger

    "………….because of my relationship with Christ." Reached for comment, Christ responded: "
    Oh Hell no!"

  27. comrad_darkness

    She is going to have to make a career out of suing, because no organization will hire a litigious employee. None.

  28. bibliotequetress

    Can she counsel divorcees? Women who refuse to marry their brothers-in-law when widowed? Is she okay counseling folks who wear two different fabrics at once?

    And given the ubiquity of christian schools out there, why the hell is she suing a public school? Why not go to some unaccredited bible college academic turd flop and get her "degree" from "teachers" who will not "affirm" homosexuality?

    And what the HELL does it mean to "affirm homosexuality?" Does that just mean acknowledging it exists?

    Soooo many questions. Too bad I don't have a degree in counseling so I could help myself understand this twit.

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