Leno, others misunderstood BYU-Idaho anti-porn video, president says

Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 6:35 p.m. MST

"Brigham Young University-Idaho adheres to the doctrines and practices of its sponsoring institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, we regard addiction to pornography as a harmful and destructive vice. We also regard each other as brothers and sisters and believe we have a Christian obligation to watch out for the spiritual and physical well-being of those around us. The sole purpose of the video is to illustrate those principles for BYU-Idaho students as well as to encourage them to reach out in a spirit of love and concern if someone they know is struggling with any form of addiction. Any other interpretation of the video is inaccurate and unwarranted."

The Huffington Post added the statement to its report and corrected its headline.

The video is posted on the BYU-Idaho housing office's website on a page titled "Roommates Get Involved." The page has three headings — Love, Mutual Respect and Shared Responsibility — with multiple videos under each.

In one video, a student relates a story about a time he and others spoke with their Mormon bishop about a problem their roommate was having. He says the affected roommate talked to those who referred him to the bishop, understood their concern on his behalf and thanked them for caring.

Time.com's Elizabeth Dias asked Clark what he thought about the way the video drew what she called "the criticism of the non-Mormon world."

"If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," Clark said, "you have to expect that from time to time you will be the recipient of scorn and ridicule, because you believe things and know things are true that are not fashionable and that other people will poke fun at and even ridicule or heap scorn on you. When it happens, say, well, that’s okay. That’s what we believe, we know it is true, and we stay the course.

Note: The Deseret News usually provides links to other websites when it refers to articles elsewhere. It chose not to on this story because of the nature of comments made in the stories themselves or in the comments attached to them.

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