BYU Lets Go Professor Who Spoke Out Against Gay Marriage AmendmentJune 14, 2006 at 9:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
Jefferey Nielson, a professor at BYU, and a member of the church, wrote an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune, voicing his opinion on the issue of gay marriage. His view was contrary to that of the First Presidency. He states:
Currently the preponderance of scientific research strongly suggests that same-sex attraction is biologically based. Therefore, it is as natural as a heterosexual orientation, even if rare. It seems it might be caused by environmental conditions in the mother’s womb, before birth, triggering the DNA to give the fetus a homosexual orientation. Neither the mother nor the child has any choice in the matter; it is a completely natural process.
The only problem I have with that is that even though this may be the case, it still is immoral, for one reason and one reason only: because God said so. Naturally speaking, a man begins feeling sexual urges towards a woman after passing through puberty. It is natural, and the man has no choice in the matter. He will feel that sexual desire. Does that mean he should act on it? Why are we told not to pursue sexual relations before marriage? Naturally speaking, according to professor Nielson’s logic, we have no choice; we are sexually drawn to women, so why are sexual relations before marriage immoral? why are sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage immoral? Com’on, Professor Nielson, you should know the answer to this. Simply being drawn to something, whether this urge is naturally created or by your environment still does not excuse, nor justify, nor relieve one of his choice.
BYU, justifiably will not hire Professor Nielson for the next semester. Their reason:
“In accordance with the order of the church, we do not consider it our responsibility to correct, contradict or dismiss official pronouncements of the church,” the letter reads. “Since you have chosen to contradict and oppose the church in an area of great concern to church leaders, and to do so in a public forum, we will not rehire you after the current term is over.”
Andrew Sullivan is playing him up to be a martyr for the cause. The problem, Mr. Sullivan is that BYU is a private institution and can hire or fire whomever they desire.
It is very unfortunate that people choose to believe they have no choice.