Extension of remarks: Weber State backs Packer, loses Lisonbee ...
Published: July 8, 2013 12:28PM
Updated: July 8, 2013 12:28PM
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Scott Sommerdorf | Tribune File Photo The Utah Stonewall Democrats are protesting Weber State University's decision to name a new family center after Boyd K. Packer, a high-ranking apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints whose public comments have stirred controversy several times over his decades-long career.

Much as it pains me to say anything critical of any institution called WSU (as I am a proud graduate of Wichita State University), some things must be said:

The choices we make — By George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune
The folks who run Weber State University made a choice. They named the school’s new family support program the Boyd K. and Donna S. Packer Center for Family and Community Education....
...But some people have a little trouble with the name university officials chose. And, last week, the university brass chose to dismiss a professor who was among those voicing a complaint....
...[Jared] Lisonbee was among those who thought, quite reasonably, that naming a collection of programs aimed at helping all kinds of families after a man who is so very vocal about his belief that there should be only one kind of family was, well, awkward. Especially at a university that is taxpayer-supported and, supposedly, secular in nature. ...
... The people who run Weber State University do have a choice. And there seems little doubt that they’ve made a couple of poor ones.

Was prof fired for protesting naming center for Mormon apostle Packer?— Salt Lake Tribune, 04.03.13

Gay-rights group protests naming college center after LDS apostle Packer — Salt Lake Tribune, 05.30.13

Mormon apostle Packer warns against 'tolerance trap' — Salt Lake Tribune, 04.08.13

WSU: Decision to name center for LDS apostle not made lightly — Ogden Standard-Examiner, 05.31.13

Naming building after Boyd Packer a 'slap in the face' — Shairylann Lisonbee, letter to the editor, Ogden Standard-Examiner, 05.06.13

Weber State University: Do not name your Center for Family (CFCE) after Boyd K. Packer — Change.org petition

President Boyd K. Packer — official bio, LDS website

Jared A. Lisonbee, Ph. D — official bio, WSU website