NCAA Baseball, BYU Cougars

BYU Pulls A Less-Than-Christian Move By Expelling A Player For Not Attending Church Enough

2/4/08 in NCAA Baseball   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

I'm not a religious person for one very specific reason. I find most religions to be incredibly hypocritical in practice. It's not that the religion itself is inherently hypocritical, it's that those who claim to follow it are. Teach forgiveness, but never give it. Teach morality, but ignore it. Teach tolerance, but don't practice it.

Today's example of people-ignoring-the-core-tenets-of-their-faith comes courtesy of Mormons. Wow, now there's a shock.

But first some background. In case you didn't know, Brigham Young University makes every student at the school - be they Mormon or not -  renew an ecclesiastical endorsement every year in order to remain a student. If it's rescinded at any point, you're expelled from the school.

Kent Walton, a junior from Yucaipa, Calif., and BYU's best hitter on their baseball team last season, just had his ecclesiastical endorsement withdrawn by bishop Wayne Childs, an employee in BYU's admissions department.

So he probably was doing drugs in a dorm, or blowing stuff up on campus, right? Right?

No, he got expelled because he didn't attend church enough.

Excuse me?

Yes, Walton apparently had 10 opportunities to attend church and only went 6 times. Even more interesting
is that documents viewed by the Salt Lake Tribune showed that university officials and the athletic department back Walton against the very church that runs it. Well, I guess all but that bishop in the admissions department.

While BYU is entitled to do what they want, since they're a private school, it's hard not to see this move as anything but extreme intolerance. Correct me if I'm wrong, but intolerance isn't something you're supposed to practice as a Christian.

And I should be fair, it's not only Mormons doing this. Rick Majerus got in serious trouble with St. Louis University after he attended a Hillary Clinton rally and made his views known on abortion and stem-cell research.

Again, St. Louis is a private university, they can do what they want, but their actions smack of extreme intolerance.

The strange thing is that when Walton and Majerus are participating in their specific sports, they don't face this kind of hostility and this kind of intolerance. All that matters is that they play hard and coach hard and get the job done, whether they missed church or support abortion rights. And in a lot of ways, that's exactly the way it should be all the time.
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11/12/09   |   DanDmanLouns

Thisuniversity ation looks goofy if you are uninformed.  Please note that BYU tuition and athletic scholarships are heavily subsidized by the financial sacrifice and tithes of devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  People donate 10% of their income to make this school nearly free to those who can get in.  Each year thousands upon thousands of students and athletes who hold their religion in the highest regard do not gain admission because their GPA and entrance exam scores are not high enough.  Is BYU being intolerant and unchristian for not accepting someone with a GPA in the basement?  BYU made room for another more deserving student/ahtlete by letting this flippant guy go.  You see, maybe the unchristian thing is to deny another spot for a more deserving candidate.

2/4/08   |   Marshall

The kid knew the rules before he ever went to one class. Its not like he was unaware or not given a chance. If he wasn't going to obey the rules he should have went to another school like Utah....basically the same school with out the honor code. I don't see the hypocrisy if the rule was set in place years before he ever attended.

2/4/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

Eh... I wouldn't kick the kid out for only going to church 6 out 10 times ( I go to a private religous school and have gone to church far less than that), but I wouldn't call it hypocritical.  Too often people look for ways to criticize religion and churches, instead of just taking it for what it is.  Don't like it, then don't join them.  Theres certainly many "religious" people who are hypocrites, but nobody in their church takes them seriously and neither should anyone outside of their church.

2/4/08   |   blamka   |   12 respect

Extreme intolerance??  Please.  Don't go to a Mormon university if you don't want to follow Mormon rules.


I'm not Mormon but saying that they are hypocritical (not "forgiving") for expelling someone that didn't follow rules is just plain nonsense.