The BYU Student newspaper, The Daily Universe, published a scoop last week.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense requires all Air Force officers to sign an oath to defend the constitution — the only obligation for officers in terms of signatory requirements. BYU, however, requires that all faculty, staff and employees sign and abide by its Honor Code, which requires abstinence from tobacco, alcohol and coffee, among other things.
“I told the (university) president in an interview that I would happily abide by the Honor Code on campus, in uniform and on duty, but if I wanted to have a cup of coffee at my house they said, ‘No, that’s not acceptable,’” BYU Air Force ROTC commander Col. Timothy Hogan said.
BYU has one-year limited private exclusions for certain visiting professors. Hogan’s position, however, is a three-year assignment, and the university did not accept his waiver, according to Hogan.
Seriously? You won’t grant a waiver for a non-LDS teacher to drink coffee in his own home? Do you really support religious freedom, religious plurality?
According to the Daily Universe,
The commander of BYU’s Air Force ROTC cadets said the program will move to Utah Valley University.
Do you agree with BYU’s response? Do you agree with the Air Force’s response?