Former U. leader is among 3 LDS heads of public colleges
My mother died in early 1987. Mike was a professor at the law school and I was
a worm student there. Mike sent me a very personal, touching letter of
condolence. I hardly knew him, and as an aspiring professor, of
course he had his priorities.He is a fine person.
Coolest thing (IMO) about Young was he had the chutzpah to stand at BYU and
state that all members of the church should belong to the ACLU.Go
Mike ! Best of luck in WA says I
"When you're the president of a large public institution, it is not your
job to determine the values and lifestyles of everyone there."Sadly, many leaders use their office to do just that.Reagan
replaced competent appointees with disasters like James Watt, then made many
permanent civil servants, so they were impossible to fire. He turned the federal
government into a "Fundamentalists Only" club and funded death squads
raping nuns and murdering priests in South America, and committed treason with
his "October Surprise," according to staffer Barbara Honegger. George Bush continued the trend, appointing inexperienced do-nothings
like "Heckuva Job Brownie," and firing US Attorneys because they were
not "loyal Bushies" who would bring bogus charges against Democrats.
Bush made assassination, torture and violent cavity search of prisoners official
U.S. policy, to bring us Saudi Sharia law, which uses rape, torture and
assassination as punishments, not crimes. I don't know what Young
did for Bush, but a post in the Bush Administration not anything I'd want to see
on a prospective employee's résumé. I wouldn't consider a Bush
appointee for any position other than defendant in war crimes trials.
I am amazed at the bitterness and vitriolic nature of some of the comments. I
feel pity for those of you who have been hurt or wronged and want to vent it in
response to this interesting and thought provoking artice. Good luck to the
Prof in his endeavors. Negativity and ignorance are parts of life that we work
past and live with. Civil discussion of legitimate differences of opinion is a
healthy part of life while insults and venting anger are not so interesting or
enlightening. Tell us what you believe and what productive recommendations you
have to offer. I hope you start feeling better and can contribute to the
dialogue something of value.
The people in Washington who attacked Mike Young for being Mormon don't seem to
know that there are tens of thousands of Mormons already here in Washington.
That is why there are three temples, in Bellevue, Spokane, and Richland. There
are dozens of chapters ("camps") of the Daughters of the Utah
Pioneers. There are lots of Utah and BYU alumni working here, and plenty of
students at UW who have family in Utah.Young is going to find there are
enty of people here who will be rooting for him to succeed, as they have, in
making a new home in Washington.
No discussion about Mike Young and diversity is complete without pointing out
that he worked for four years of his life in Japan, two as a missionary and two
on a fellowship studying Japanese law at the University of Tokyo. Not only did
he learn to immerse himself in a very different culture and language, becoming
an academic expert in his field, he also experienced being among a small
minority among a large population of people who don't look like him. He has
seen minority status from the opposite, unlike most white Americans. The
positive side of valuing "diversity" is recognizing the value of every
human being regardless of ancestry or native tongue or religious faith. As
chairman of the religious freedom commission, Young was just as active in
advocating for the freedom of Buddhists as he was for Mormons, and call for
freedom for both Jews and Muslims.
"Diversity" is nothing but a code word for practicing politically
I am a research engineer and have worked on many diverse teams.It is said
that "Diversity is our Strength".This was true on each of
the engineering teams I have worked on. We had experts in automation,
mechanical/equipment design, structural engineering, software engineering,
quality assurance, etc. We had top experts either on the team or available to
consult with on virtually anything we required.A diverse
knowledge/skill base was our strength.We also have people with
different belief systems both religious and political; people with different
sexual orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds. These are areas of
potential problems and are never a strength. Teams are best advised to ignore
these areas and keep things professional and focused on the job.Funny thing is that most people define diversity to include only the possible
areas of contention.As such diversity as preached by the modern
popular culture is a lie!
It's amazing how much the dn restricts comments. Especially if it is critical of
someone that they're promoting.
Young doesn't have to answer too many questions about the LDS faith since he may
not be a member anymore. He's put a black eye on his family and needs to go.
Being an active Mormon has cost me several university offers, one even in Utah.
On the other side of the coin it gave me an advantage in a college where the
faculty was 40% Jewish, they just introduced me to their families as a cousin
form the tribe of Joseph. Usually when being interviewed there would be
comments like "I have this Mormon friend or neighbor or how will you get
along at the faculty cocktail hour?" I would just joke you know you will
always have a designated driver. In a strong Catholic community the priests
went out of their way to make us feel welcome. For the most part my non-LDS
colleagues were always looking out for me and their graciousness will always be
I'm not sure that righteousness means taking the commandments which, to us, are
intended to govern our personal behavior only, and rigorously applying them to
others and their behavior.Or put another way, if I'm going to be
judged exactly in the same way that I have judged others, as the scriptures
teach I will, then I want to say here and now that I think you all are great and
I have no problem with any of you or anything you are doing.
"Another commenter on The Seattle Times' website even wrote, 'All Mormons
support bigotry. Michael Young is a Mormon. So, Michael Young supports
bigotry.'" What a hypocritical, bigoted comment! The commentator needs to
come in out of the rain.
This is a well written article with many thoughtful observations from the