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BYU's Changes Its Honor Code

I just recent read that BYU is changing it’s honor code. And honestly, I don’t like it. Is this the capitulation of the Church to homosexuals? Will Soulforce claim this as a victory? Am I the only Mormon who finds this capitulation offensive?

I agree with loving the sinner and hating the sin. I agree that the worse act is have sex with a person of the same gender. I understand that same gender attraction is not a severe act, but this all seems like just a step closer to our tolerance and ultimate acceptance of homosexuality.

I have a gay friend, a gay cousin, and work with another gay men. I treat them with respect. However, I ache for their decision to do something morally wrong. Let’s remember that even our thoughts can be immoral. Mosiah 4:30 says “But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not” (emphasis added).

Now I am not saying the BYU should be the thought police. However, if someone comes out as openly gay, I strong feel that they should take action. Tyron Edwards is noted as saying “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”

BYU seems so caught up in political correctness that they have forgotten what is right.

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1 comment to BYU's Changes Its Honor Code

  • jhansen8

    I really don’t see what the big deal is. Isn’t it better for someone to come out as gay at BYU and be an example to other homosexuals in the church by living the honor code (i.e. its possible to have same sex attraction and not act on it). If a homosexual wants to come to BYU and is willing to live by the honor code all power to him/her. We all have problems were trying to overcome. I am beginning to understand that homosexuality is not always a choice. There are some people that are just born that way for whatever reason. I still don’t think it is right to act on those type of feelings, but this realization allows me to have more compasion for someone struggling with it.

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