Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An applicant to Community College of Baltimore County in Rosedale, Md., said he was rejected by the school’s radiation therapy program because he cited “God” during his admission interview — and he’s now suing for damages and the right to attend.

Brandon Jenkins, a self-described Christian, said he was asked by campus officials during the interview process to describe “the most important thing to you,” to which he responded, “My God,” according to the Christian Post.

Mr. Jenkins was subsequently turned down for admission, which the college later explained in an email to Mr. Jenkins was partly due to his religious beliefs.

“I understand that religion is a major part of your life and that was evident in your recommendation letters, however, this field is not the place for religion,” Adrienne Dougherty, the director of the radiation program, wrote in the email. “We have many patients who come to us for treatment from many different regions and some who believe in nothing at all. If you interview in the future, you may want to leave your thoughts and beliefs out of the interview process.”

Miss Dougherty said that Mr. Jenkins’ GPA scores were lower than some of the other applicants. And the school said that a criminal charge from 10 years ago surfaced during the application process as a barrier to his admission, the Post reported.

In her email, Miss Dougherty suggested that Mr. Jenkins try a different career path at the college.

“I don’t know if you are interested, but our mental health program at CCBC offers a degree and certificate programs,” she wrote, according to a copy of the email obtained by The Blaze website. “Based on your background, current working environment and your recommendation letters — I think you would be a great candidate.”

Mr. Jenkins has subsequently sued, claiming damaged and admission to the school.

David French, a senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, said in a statement: “The college asked Mr. Jenkins what was most important in his life and Mr. Jenkins answered truthfully that God was most important. Belief in God does not and should not disqualify a student from admission to college, and the university’s blatant and explicit discrimination is intolerable.”

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