According to Stephen and Janice Graham of the Standard of Liberty, and authors of Chased by an Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today’s Stampeding Sexuality, BYU appears to be too liberal (especially when it comes to gay issues) for the following reasons:
- “Department heads, professors, [etc], [preach]…socialism, radical feminism, anti-Americanism, [etc]…and popular homosexualism”
- “…BYU has made concessions, step by step, for homosexuality as an alternative sexual identity to be accepted and respected” Examples include:
- changes to the BYU Honor Code in 2007
- “accepting of openly gay instructors and students”
- “advocating of homosexuality”
- BYU allowed Soulforce onto their campus
- the “vocal home-grown student advocacy group…called USGA“
- BYU is too “concerned about ‘bad publicity'” regarding the firing of a gay man for reasons other than being gay
- removal of a letter from The Daily Universe that compares gays and lesbians to serial killers and prostitutes
I didn’t think it was possible to accuse BYU of being too liberal in regards to their stance on social issues like homosexuality. I was wrong. Surprisingly, it seems their efforts to fight “the gay movement” were inspired by their experiences with their son when they learned he is gay. But don’t worry, he found the box that’s gay and crushed it (so now he isn’t gay any more).
If you’re interested in reading more about the founders of the Standard of Liberty, I thought this was a thoughtful (albeit subjective) analysis of their work.
Anyway, I wonder how many out there agree with Stephen and Janice Graham of the Standard of Liberty that BYU is too liberal on gay issues (I think I know how many disagree)…