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Conscience vs. loyalty

Published June 17, 2006 12:00 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2006, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I am truly sorry to hear that Jeffrey Nielsen has lost his job at Brigham Young University for his op-ed published in The Salt Lake Tribune on June 4.

I, too, love Mormonism with all my heart, but I cherish my freedoms to think, to speak and to worship as my conscience dictates, and the posture of the church for some decades now has been to discipline those who differ with the pronouncements of its leaders. It is sad that choosing the right has to now force a Latter-day Saint to choose between conscience and loyalty, or between free speech and church membership.

Mary Batchelor

Salt Lake City