An article which, to those of us who refuse to follow the doctrines of any church, seems perfectly tame. Yet it was contentious enough in Mormon Utah to cost the writer his job at Brigham Young University. Note, too, that there’s a blank with the word “advertisement” in the middle of the piece – the Tribune obviously had a sponsor object to their placement therein. I sincerely hope, within the next few years, that companies like the Tribune, the advertiser, and BYU look as ridiculously paranoid as did those Southern papers, businesses and universities during the years of desegregation.

A perfect God does not require blind obedience, nor does He need unthinking loyalty. Freedom of conscience is a divine blessing, and our privilege to express it is a moral imperative.

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