Thursday, March 5, 2009
Mormon's Exposed: Update!
So a while back we had a post on Chad Hardy, the man responsible for the "Men on a Mission" beefcake calendar that lead in part to his excommunication from the LDS Church. Chad is back in the news now because he is trying to obtain his diploma from BYU that was withheld from him back almost a year ago.
For those unaware, BYU is owned by the LDS Church. And as a private university is allowed to and has set the standard of student conduct known as the honor code. As part of the honor code individuals are expected to live the teachings of the church including staying morally chaste, and in good standing with local ecclesiastical leaders. In fact, an individual looking to graduate must be signed off by the stake president and bishop before receiving a diploma. Should be noted that his 2009 calendar is now for sale. (Seems like a convenient coincidence that he gets publicty for this now huh?)
Chad Hardy was excommunicated and now the university has withheld the degree for non-academic reasons. His argument is that BYU is doing this out as punishment for the calendars.... ummm yeah... Suppose you don't go to BYU the next time you chose not to live the standards that are clearly explained before admission. Perhaps individuals should consider the consequences of their actions before they do them? Maybe, just maybe, he should realize that this studpid calendar has not only cost him his diploma, but his membership in God's kingdom- is it all worth a calendar?
Now we could sit here and debate the merits and downfalls of the Honor Code. I for one am okay with it because no one is forcing you to go to BYU. And unlike other schools where immoral behavior tends to be endorsed, I think it is a higher path to set high standards and seek to achieve them. Do they go too far sometimes? Sure. College is an educational pursuit, not a moral one. Keeping them separate seems like a reasonable alternative. Such is BYU's and the Church's prerogative to enforce these standards of student conduct.