Conflict With Faith Those of us who pay dues to ASHA have received our renewal notices. Although I’ve been an active member since 1978, this, unfortunately, may be my last year. I appreciate the insert with the dues notice that illustrates in percentages where our membership dollars are spent. I have had increasing ... Inbox
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  • Mary Estlack, Findlay, Ohio mestlack@hughes.net
    Mary Estlack, Findlay, Ohio mestlack@hughes.net×
  • Editor’s note: ASHA members may choose to join a related professional organization such as the multicultural constituency groups, including L’GASP. ASHA provides no financial support to these related professional organizations.
    Editor’s note: ASHA members may choose to join a related professional organization such as the multicultural constituency groups, including L’GASP. ASHA provides no financial support to these related professional organizations.×
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Conflict With Faith
The ASHA Leader, January 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.15012010.2
The ASHA Leader, January 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.15012010.2
Those of us who pay dues to ASHA have received our renewal notices. Although I’ve been an active member since 1978, this, unfortunately, may be my last year.
I appreciate the insert with the dues notice that illustrates in percentages where our membership dollars are spent. I have had increasing concerns regarding the multicultural constituency groups, more specifically, the L’GASP-GLBT Caucus (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists-Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender). A percentage of our dues are supporting this group. Article II of its bylaws includes Objective B, which is to increase sensitivity to and support of LGB (lesbian/gay/bisexual) issues within audiology, speech-language pathology, and related professions, including work environments and relationships. Objective III of the same article states the objective of providing a professional, political, and/or social platform for LGB issues within the professions and within training programs.
As a practicing Catholic first and a practicing speech-language pathologist second, it is in direct opposition to my faith to support the “social platform” of those engaged in a homosexual lifestyle and its promotion. Sadly for our profession, its science and integrity have become subordinate in this particular venue to what is now considered politically correct. Professionally, we are morally obliged to treat, to the best of our abilities, people who can benefit from our services despite objecting to their immoral lifestyles. Treatment, however, is not commensurate with support or promotion of that lifestyle. The moral compromise comes about when associated with an organization that does support and promote it…thus, my conflict with ASHA membership renewal.
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April 12, 2017
Michael Cunningham
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I am disappointed that the ASHA Leader would post such and ignorant and offensive statement.
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