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Sunday, September 6, 2009

First Blog.

My first blog entry is going to be for my English class....however, it is a subject that I feel very strongly about.  That subject is the political intolerance of students at BYU.

            It seems that our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, teaches well the principle of acceptance and beings slow to judge others.  However, I have often felt that my rights as not only a student here at BYU but also as an American citizen have been violated on this campus when it comes to politics.

            I come from a family of strong Latter-Day Saints.  We believe in the church, the prophet, and paying our tithing.  We are a good family, and try to do our best to live righteous lives.  We are also democrats.  Surprised?  Well you are not the only one.  I won’t get into the reasons we are, or why we so strongly support the Democratic Party and its leaders, but that should not concern you anyways.  I respect that some students want to disagree with me on my political views.  I welcome that.  In fact, I enjoy discussing it.  But I do NOT enjoy it when BYU students shun me, or look down upon me, or blatantly insult me when they find out I am a democrat.  It is simply not rights, and contradicts something this school stands for: an acceptance of everyone.  In face, most of the time, the only back up students here have for their arguments are petty quotes and clips for Fox News’ pride and joy: the insane Glenn Bleck.

            I discovered this problem this university has at the start of my freshman year in 2008.  Our country was in the midst of an election.  I was hurt by people who could not accept my public support of Barack Obama.  I never judged anyone for liking McCain or Romney; diversity in beliefs is what makes out country so strong.  Don’t students realize this?  We need to fix this problem.

            My purpose for this blog entry is not to complain.  If those who question my political beliefs easily annoyed me, I would certainly not be a democrat.  My purpose for this entry is much like Barack Obama’s campaign slogan: CHANGE.  We can fix this problem.  If we unite as a school and choose acceptance over discrimination, then we will all be more unified as a university.  Next time you see a student on campus that you realize has different views than you, don’t immediately judge them.  Say hello, talk to them, and discover why they believe the things they do.  You may learn something you didn’t know before, or even make a new friend.  Either way, one fact remains true: we are all cougars, and we can stand united in that.