ASERVIC Responds to Tennessee "Religous Freedom" bill

05/01/2016 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The National Board of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) has adopted a position statement regarding the “religious freedom” bill signed into law by Governor Haslam of Tennessee. This law allows counselors to turn clients away based on any personal belief even if the refusal to treat is discriminatory in nature. ASERVIC respects the spiritual and religious diversity of our membership. At the same time, ASERVIC affirms the place that the ACA Code of Ethics, the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies, and the ACA’s non-discrimination statement have as the core foundation of our work. ASERVIC supports the decision of the ACA Governing Council to challenge conscience clause legislation by various states related to value differences and the potential harmful impact this type of legislation can have on individuals. ASERVIC values the diverse viewpoints and perspectives of our members and is committed to assisting counselors in honoring diverse perspectives while remaining true to their own values.  ASERVIC will continue to welcome the voices of ASERVIC members and continue to solicit feedback on this and other critical issues.

Bruce Dickinson

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