BYU issues policy affirming political neutrality

Official says no one incident led to action

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  • Anonymous
    Jan. 22, 2008 8:44 p.m.

    I agree with above said comments BYU grad of '83. It is important to remember that the church encourages and expects us to be activists for righteousness and good. We are here to make a difference - else what is the purpose of our education and training in the gospel. It is to simply put- change the world.

    We, as members, are to be politically involved - just the church does not side with candidates. The church has the mission of spreading the gospel. Period. Those who have been blessed by the gospel in their lives, however, are to get out and influence for good, in light of the gospel.

  • No Politics Man
    Jan. 22, 2008 12:41 p.m.

    I honestly believe our founding fathers were inspired to have the separation of church and state. Before you launch into the "it doesn't mean sep. of church FROM state" spill, understand that if church (or religious beliefs) influences state - then you can expect to have state influence the church. It's a two way equation I believe the church is all to knowledgeable of.

  • No Neutrality!!!!
    Jan. 22, 2008 11:12 a.m.

    Okay, I'll be the first. Though I fear that 200 words will not be enough to completely lay out my idea's or feelings.

    I'm LDS and a BYU grad. Cl;ass of '83.

    Though I appreciate the idea that BYU attempts, along with the church to be politiclly neutral, it is difficult to say the least to remain politically neutral in this day and time.

    Never mind the local politics. I live in Michigan. And yes, I voted for Mitt in the Michigan primary. Grew up in Michigan under his dad, and with a very polictically savey mother who worked as a voracious supporter of the Democratic party, becoming a Conservative at this stage of my life is a surprise to say the least....

    But after some time and study, my sense of(our) political neutrality me-thinks has something to do with my good brother Joseph(Smith)running for President back in the 1830's may have a lot to do with why the church behaves the way it does?

    I'm glad that Joseph Smith was not a polictical neutral, though I am sure it got him in trouble from time to time.

    It's time to step out of the shadows brothers and sisters?