Student: College Denied Me Entry Over Religion
Brandon Jenkins says community college discriminated against him
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2014 4:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A prospective student at a community college in Baltimore says his outspoken religious beliefs ruined his application—so he's suing the school and its president, Opposing Views reports. Brandon Jenkins interviewed for the Community College of Baltimore County's radiation therapy program, and was asked, "What is the most important thing to you?" His answer: "My God." According to his lawsuit, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, the program's director later told him that his answer didn't help his application.

"This field is not the place for religion," she allegedly said, and advised him against emphasizing religion in future applications because school patients come from various faiths or "believe in nothing at all." A senior counsel at ACLJ tells the Christian Post that Jenkins' rejection is "every bit as unlawful as singling out his race, or singling out his gender," but a school spokeswoman denies the accusations, the Baltimore Sun reports. A letter from the school's attorney, included in the lawsuit, says Jenkins' comment about God "was not a good answer" because the school seeks people driven by a "passion in the field"—but adds that Jenkins has a criminal record and would have struggled to find work in Maryland.

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richard40
Apr 30, 2014 5:51 PM CDT
Did anybody notice that about half of the commentors on this thread are radical anti religious bigots.
dan6807
Apr 30, 2014 1:31 PM CDT
The question wasn't about religion but about future academic goals. If someone can't correctly evaluate his answer to an application question then why should the college admit them? If the college wanted to admit all applicants then why bother with the application questions?
JERZJOE
Apr 30, 2014 6:50 AM CDT
IT ALL COULD OF BEEN AVOIDED!! BY HAVING THE WORDS... "PREFER NOT TO ANSWER" ON THE APPLICATION!! THEN AFTER HIS IN. HE CAN TALK ABOUT HIS FREEDOM OF RELIGION!! PERIOD!! ALSO.. WHERE IS THE ACLU ON THIS? HMMMM!!! ANYONE?