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 If it's rescinded at any point, you're expelled from the school.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from Yucaipa, Calif., and BYU's best hitter on their baseball team last season, just had his ecclesiastical endorsement withdrawn by bishop Wayne Childs, an employee in BYU's admissions department.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.
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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