@mgr63,I'm so sorry you had a bad experience growing up as an
inactive member in Utah. It makes me sad to know that there are still people
like that who give the Church a bad name. I often wondered why you
hated everything BYU in your numerous posts in articles past but I think I
understand why now. I was once an inactive member myself, excommunicated and all
that, but never once was treated unkindly or looked down to or been made to feel
like I was an outcast. For years they kept loving me and treated me like I was
someone special. It was that kind of Christlike love and genuine kindness that
turned me back to the fold. This story is a great reminder to me to
be more Christlike and treat others with kindness, love, tolerance,
understanding, and compassion. Proud of the way this young man was treated.
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
John Pack Lambert isn't the whole point of this article to show tolerance
towards the beliefs and practices at others? And then you go and take a
side-swipe at non-LDS Christians? There is such a thing as a partial fast, where
one decides to give up one or two items they believe they should refrain from.
Let's not start trashing other religions because of how they choose to worship
or fast, that goes against the spirit of this entire article.
I'm very happy to read this fine article about religious tolerance by some LDS
folks in Utah. It surely wasn't my experience having grown up in SLC as a
non-active LDS member. It was so bad, in fact, I left Utah 15 years ago and
returned only for work purposes. Nonetheless, I am grateful that this student
athlete, a nice young man without question, is being acknowledged for his
Glad to hear of his positive experience in Utah. My 11 years in the middle east
and especially in Saudi Arabia was not so positive. Not much compassion for
other faiths there.
I love to read articles like this. Informative and thought provoking.
Self-reflection is something that we all need to do to make us more tolerable of
others and to open up our own minds. Thanks for the article!
Nice article...and very enlightening
I am not surprised that doing Ramadan in a Mormon community is easier than in
some other places. Mormons know about fasting, even if they do it in a
different way, which is more than we can say for most other Christians. There
are some Christians who think they are fasting if they do not eat meat.
I sure wish BYU was an inclusive university...someday.
Isn't it sad that we are all so excited that someone's personal beliefs are
accepted and honored in this world today? This is the way it should be.Maybe one day, the PAC-12 will say, "Oh, we'll be happy to rearrange our
Sunday schedules if BYU would be willing to join the conference." Yeah,
right.I was born a Muslim in the Middle East before joining The
Church in Japan in 1979 (yeah, that's a long story) and I can attest that while
a Muslim, I never once heard a disparaging word about my faith.And
then I joined the LDS Church, and man-oh-man, the attacks have yet to stop.[Insert head-scratching here]
What an outstanding, informative article! Ahmad: "I have never experienced
hospitality anywhere like I have experienced her in Utah...Here, I can practice
my faith openly, and no one ever harassed me." And Almadhoun: "While
many think that a Muslin living in Utah must face some major challenges, I have
seen none" And then to read of the BYU Alumni Association starting the new
tradition to recognize/honor Ramadan. This warms my soul (seriously). There's so
much here to bless each of us.Now, I'll sit back and see who amongst
the "creative" readers who undertake their own "fishing
expedition" and provide the opposing view in their comments!
Most everyone knows that Coach (Ron) McBride is a class act!
This is fantastic. I am pleased with how we have treated these individuals. I
hope we continue to show support for the religious practices of others. Who
knows better than the Latter-day Saints what it is like to be ridiculed and
taunted for strongly held beliefs.