Big 12 presidents and chancellors have begun evaluating potential expansion candidates to join their popular conference. But leftist groups are demanding the conference use Brigham Young University’s honor code as grounds for the prestigious college to be banned from becoming the next Big 12 school.
What has these liberal loonies foaming at the mouth? They claim BYU’s honor code discriminates against homosexuals.
Only, there’s one huge problem with their insane claim – it’s laughably wrong.
An LGBTQ advocacy group, Athlete Ally, sent a letter demanding that the commissioner of the Big 12 remove BYU from consideration for membership because, they claim, “through its policies, BYU is very clear about its intent to discriminate against openly LGBT students.”
However, the letter conveniently ignored the fact that the school’s honor code clearly states that same-gender attraction is not an issue.
What seems to upset these cry-baby liberals is that the honor code requires ALL students to commit to not having sex outside of marriage.
The code specifically states, “One’s stated same-gender attraction is not an Honor Code issue. However, the Honor Code requires all members of the university community to manifest a strict commitment to the law of chastity.”
In other words, it’s the exact opposite of discrimination. Holding every single student — regardless of their gender, creed, race, or sexual identity — to the same high moral standard is a right BYU enjoys as a private, religious institution.
And it’s enforced universally. In 2011, basketball star Brandon Davies was dismissed from the school’s team after he admitted to having heterosexual sexual relations outside of marriage, and consequently violated the honor code.
In fact, after harsh criticism for the dismissal of Davies, the school actually discontinued enforcing punishment for honor code violations for their student-athletes, adding to the absurdity of the loony liberal’s request.
“BYU welcomes as full members of the university community all whose conduct meets university standards. We are very clear and open about our honor code, which all students understand and commit to when they apply for admission. One’s stated sexual orientation is not an issue,” the school said in a statement through spokeswoman Carri Jenkins.
Big 12 members Baylor and TCU are private schools with church affiliations. Baylor, a Baptist university, last year modified a school policy on sexual misconduct to remove a reference to homosexual acts. The Baptist Faith and Message of 1963, which guides the school’s policies, does define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
TCU is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ Church and has a non-discrimination statement that references sexual orientation and gender identity.
It’s not clear what, if anything, sets these other religiously-affiliated schools’ policies apart from those at BYU.
But hopefully they have their guard up — because these crazed leftists could be coming for their first amendment rights next.
— The Horn editorial team