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There was a story that caught my eye in early October that I haven’t gotten around to writing about until now. But I thought it was newsworthy enough to let people know it happened.

The Big 12, which is an athletic conference in the NCAA and home to Iowa State University, announced plans to invite Brigham Young University (BYU) on Sept. 10. This decision created controversy for the Iowa State Student Government.

BYU is a private college. And, as a religious school, it has teachings on LGBTQ issues that run counter-cultural to those of state universities. Call them standards, I suppose.

“Specifically, members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been left completely shut out by the Administration’s choice to allow Brigham Young University into the Conference,” the ISU Student Government resolution states. “Because of previous feedback given by Student Government Senate in 2016, the Administration should have expected that BYU’s admission to the Big XII would have a negative impact on LGBTQIA+ students.”

Students are allowed to openly identify as homosexual — something they’ve been allowed to do since 2007. However, same-sex relationships were out of bounds.
According to The Des Moines Register, in 2016, 25 LGBTQ organizations signed a letter to the Big 12 commissioner asking BYU to be kept out of the conference.
So much for all that “tolerance, inclusivity and welcoming” stuff.
Iowa State’s Student Government’s resolution says BYU has a “clear history of homophobia” that persists to this day.
Another case of “tolerance for me, but not for thee.” BYU is a religious school. Every major religion in the world shared the same, common views on sexuality for centuries. Just because some of those religions maintain their morality “to this day” doesn’t mean they should be punished.
But that is how the LGBTQ movement operates. There is no room for disagreement when it comes to sexuality. It is their way or the highway.
Their “tolerance train” doesn’t make a stop for religious folks who actually believe in the basic tenets of their religion.
No, their “tolerance train” runs people like that over. Again and again.

Author: Jacob Hall


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