BYU Professor Invites "Gay" Students to Make Presentations at Meeting on Campus
BYU Sociology Professor Charlie Morgan has scheduled a meeting on campus where students will share their stories of what it's like to be gay at BYU. A Standard of Liberty subscriber sent us the attached picture of a flier being circulated around campus, which states that the meeting, scheduled for April 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m., in room 445 of the MARB, is sponsored by the BYU Sociology department.
SoL called and spoke with Professor Morgan and Renata Forste, the department chairman. When asked why the meeting was being held, we were told that BYU students need a greater understanding of homosexual attraction in order to be kinder and more accepting of students who experience it.
We asked Prof. Morgan if he had anyone scheduled to speak who had a story to tell about successfully overcoming homosexual attraction. He said no, that he could not find any. It was suggested to him that he had not tried to find any, which he did not deny. SoL wants to know why someone would invite people to talk about a heart-breaking, soul-destroying situation some suffering people find themselves in, and not at the same event have someone there to give hope that they can leave the misery behind and live a normal life.
This meeting, where young people with homosexual attractions will talk about how okay SGA is, and how bad they have it at BYU, is ill-conceived. Not only will it not be helpful, it will be harmful, harmful to the souls of those giving the talks, harmful to those young minds listening who will be supported in covering both inward and outward sins and initiated further into homosexuality, and harmful to all those these people come in contact with.
Ironically, our books promoting traditional values, God's plan, teaching children proper attitudes about sexuality, the why of chastity, and a true story of overcoming homosexuality are available at the BYU Bookstore:
My Darling From the Lions
Me Tarzan, You Jane
Chased by an Elephant, the Gospel Truth about Today's Stampeding Sexuality
Captain of My Soul
If you are concerned about this trend at BYU and the influence it is undoubtedly having on young people, we encourage you to write and call any or all of the BYU/LDS church officials listed below and ask them to cancel the meeting. Tell your friends about this and ask them to call and write. You could also call offices of General Authorities of the Church, 801-240-1000. Letters are good, but phone calls are the fastest way of getting through.
*This is an abbreviated version of a SoL Voice article.
*Click here to read the full-length version, which contains much more detail, on our website.
Professor Charlie Morgan. 801-422-3652
BYU Sociology Department
Provo UT 84602
Renata Forste. 801-422-3146
BYU Sociology Department Chairman
Provo UT 84602
Dean Ben Ogles. 801-422-2084
BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences
Provo UT 84602
Carri Jenkins. 801-422-1166
Provo UT 84602
Janet Scharman. 801-422-2387
BYU VP of Student Life
Provo UT 84602
Cecil O. Samuelson. 801-422-2521
Provo UT 84602
LDS Church Public Affairs
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Like Charles Dickens's youth-corrupting character Fagin in his novel Oliver, Utah's governor has reviewed the situation. In doing so he has vetoed a bill that would have required that public schools confine sex education to teaching abstinence before marriage, in other words, no teaching about methods or means of contraception. While the bill passed both the house and senate, the governor seems to have ignored what our elected officials spent months studying out, discussing, and voting on, and has taken his marching orders from some loud, wrong-thinking, self-serving groups including Planned Parenthood and the PTA. Does he forget our country is a representative republic, that policy-making is not up to noisy mobs?
Schools teaching minors about contraception is wrong from every angle. It's authority figures saying to teenagers: Don't have sex, but we know you will, so here's how to do it without getting pregnant or sick. Besides the fact that kids don't plan ahead, think such things won't happen to them, and won't use contraception anyway, the unseen emotional, psychological, spiritual, and far-reaching familial and generational damage pre-marital, promiscuous sexual relations can have on young people is being completely ignored.
It is the same as teaching kids: Shoplifting is wrong, but since you are going to do it anyway, go ahead and enjoy the thrill of the act and the jewelry and clothes you have no right to. In fact, we are going to encourage you to shoplift by educating you on the various shoplifting skills you'll need to avoid being caught, stopped, arrested, fined, jailed, or having any lasting negative consequences whatsoever. Like Fagin did, we'll make everything nice and cozy for you here in school so you consider yourself at home, part of the family, comfortable learning about and discussing all manner of thievery no matter what your parents have taught you about honesty and virtue and all those silly old moral values.
Dickens nailed it when he named Fagin's star pupil the Artful Dodger, a mere child who in turn trained other children in the art of pickpocketing. Are the "educated" students who artfully help themselves to illicit sex while dodging STDs and pregnancy the ones who will get the pats on the back, the extra credit, the A's in sex ed class? And will they in turn train other students?
It's a great comparison. Premarital sex is always wrong. Shoplifting is always wrong. Teaching kids how to do either of these things in ways that promise to keep them safe from negative consequences is immoral any way you look at it. Even if kids used contraception, even if it always worked, what about their attitudes, their principles, their future relationships, and their eternal souls? We honestly wonder if some proponents of contraception for kids really want them to use it successfully at all. Planned Parenthood would certainly lose customers. Don't be fooled. What they really want is for kids to have sex.
Opponents of abstinence-only sex ed say they are all about the more information you give kids the better decisions they'll make. The problem occurs when childhood is disrespected, human nature is ignored, and the wrong values, attitudes, and information are taught. Our schools should be accountable to uphold traditional moral values, which values encourage youth to become strong, virtuous, upstanding citizens. Instead, they are allowed to teach minors how to avoid consequences for wrong-doing, which encourages them to become weak-willed, underhanded sneaks.
Fagin was not a good guy. He exploited children, training them to be clever pickpockets in order to pad his own pockets by fencing their ill-gotten gains. Somebody is getting something out of giving in to the licentious environment and training kids in artful licentiousness.
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