Brigham Young University (BYU) dropped a section of their code of conduct concerning LGBTQ realtionships within the student body. This section banned “all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”
Many on campus who identify as LGBTQ were celebrating the occasion. Yet, as probably should have been expected, the dropping of this section was not meant to allow same sex relationships on campus.
BYU clarified in a letter on Wednesday saying, “same-sex romantic behavior cannot lead to eternal marriage and is therefore not compatible with the principles included in the Honor Code.”
Despite BYU students knowing full well (probably before they ever applied) that the Universtity is an explicitly Mormon institution, LGBTQ students and those who support them were outraged.
Many students protested the lack of reversal of the longstanding policy.
Addison Jenkins said BYU “does not care…about queer people.” Another student, Tiauna Lomax, objected to the Univerisity’s clarification saying, “I thought BYU cared about me.”
Some students held signs at the protest expressing similar grievances. One sign said, “Love One Another,” presumably referencing to the bible verse John 13:34-35. Another sign said, “love means love,” a common LGBTQ pride slogan.
Additionally, students who showed up to object to the protesting of the schools policy were shouted down. The protesters used chants like “Love, not hate, will make BYU great!” to keep the counter protesters from being heard.
The idea that BYU hates LGBTQ students, or that the school is being unloving or uncaring, is not in-line with the Unversity’s stated intent. In fact, the University has encouaged the exact opposite of hate towards LGBTQ students.
In a question and answer session about the clarification letter, Kevin Utt (director of BYU’s Honor Code Office) said,
“We realize that emotions over the last two weeks cover the spectrum and that some have and will continue to feel isolation and pain. We encourage all members of our campus community to reach out to those who are personally affected with sensitivity, love and respect.”
BYU is a private instution whose code of conduct is directly tied to the Church of Latter Day Saints’ (the Mormon church). This means that it is a private, religious institution.
Therefore, the University is clearly protected by the first amendment. They don’t neccessarily need to worry about a legal case being made against them.
Even without the threat of a legal case, though, students have insisted that the school hates gays. This assumption of hate has obviously not gone well for them in the press.
NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.
Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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