Springfield, Mo., Apr 25, 2016 / 16:06 pm
A former counseling student says that he was pushed out of a university after saying that he would refer same-sex couples to another counselor, due to his Christian beliefs.
"Traditionally, universities have been places for free exchange of ideas and values, both religious and secular," Thomas Olp, executive director and attorney for the Thomas More Society, said April 21.
"Unfortunately, Missouri State University departed from its mission by denying educational opportunity to Mr. Cash simply because he expressed, in an academic setting, sincerely-held religious beliefs which his advisor deemed hostile to her own and therefore unacceptable."
Andrew Cash was dismissed from a master's program in counseling at the university after his advisor claimed that it was unethical for him to decline to counsel same-sex couples and refer them to another counselor instead.