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BYU Students Protest Cheney

Posted by MEC on March 29, 2007

Dick Cheney has been announced as the 2007 commencement speaker at Brigham Young University. This doesn’t sit too well with some of the students and faculty.

And it isn’t because Brigham Young University is a hotbed of liberalism. It’s because the students and faculty think the university should practice the moral values it teaches.

Four BYU professors released a letter Tuesday asking the university to withdraw its invitation to the vice president.

“From all indications, Cheney is responsible for the manipulation of intelligence used as a pretext for declaring war on Iraq, the abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and domestic wiretapping,” the letter reads. “There is every reason to question Cheney’s ethics, including the conviction of his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby, Halliburton’s financial gain from bloodshed and many other scandals.”

The university has given its [almost unprecedented] approval to students’ request to hold a protest against Cheney on campus. Some students said they would boycott the graduation ceremony if Cheney were the speaker.

Student organizer Bybee said protesting Cheney’s visit does not represent an opposition to the university or the LDS Church. “The people who want to protest are doing so because they love BYU,” he said. “We feel like this is something bad for our school that we love very much.”

The protest organizers have created an online petition against Cheney’s appearance at the university. The comments reveal two major objections: Cheney’s dishonesty, warmongering, and corruption are incompatible with the moral values of the university and the LDS Church; and the invitation to such a polarizing political figure is incompatible with the church’s claim of political neutrality.

The university leaders should be pleased to learn that students take so seriously the values the university claims to promote. Those students deserve better from those leaders than “Do as I say, not as I do.”

(H/T Salon’s Table Talk)

2 Responses to “BYU Students Protest Cheney”

  1. Hey, I thought you guys might be interested in the coverage of the protests on my photoblog:

  2. MEC said

    Onelowerlight, thanks!

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