Hutterite,"I think it takes away from the achievement to
segregate it out as having been achieved by someone of a specific
religion."The reality is exactly the opposite. If not for his
association with the LDS church, this story would not have been heard outside
the Fort Collins local papaer. Because he's LDS, it becomes of interest to
a much larger audience.You seem to forget who the primary readership
of the DesNews is. Much like I would expect to see stories about exceptional
Catholic youth in a paper targetted at Catholics, or inspiring stories involving
Southern Baptists in a paper targetted at Baptists.
I think it takes away from the achievement to segregate it out as having been
achieved by someone of a specific religion. The award stands on it's own,
and this young man is among others of other religious background who have
received it. He is among OUR youth inasmuch as he shares humanity with us, and
his achievement of the award is worthy of merit of its' own right, and it
is as much a leap to consider it an endorsement of his religion as it is to
consider it an endorsement of his blood type.
What a remarkable young man and one who truly cares about others. He is a fine
example of what all of us should be willing to do if in that situation. I bet
his parents are proud of him.
In a world increasingly becoming wicked, it is so wonderful to hear about OUR
youth still striving to show love for fellowmen. I want to say THANK YOU to this