Friday, March 4, 2011
Some thoughts on BYU Suspending Brandon Davies
OK, I'm going out on a limb here. I don't know any of the details about how this 19 year old young man came to be the focus of the BYU honor code office and I may be wrong but I disagree with the way BYU (aka the church) has dealt with this situation.
Brandon's suspension has become the focus of a nation wide media frenzy, which has generated some reports that are favorable toward the church and that commend BYU for its "integrity". A media organization as sophisticated as the LDS Church and BYU was certainly aware that this would happen.
But consider the individual involved. Does this suspension do anything to help him? If he has sinned or is hurting, does this action in any way help him to heal? I think not. Brandon and his family were sacrificed on the alter of LDS public relations.
Think about it. There are so many unseemly events and circumstances that the LDS Church works very hard to keep under cover but it had no problem throwing Brandon to the wolves. To me this seems like exactly the wrong approach for an organization that claims to practice the ideal of Christian love and virtues.