BYU owes Nielsen an apology

Published June 18, 2006 12:00 am

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I want to express my support for my brother, Jeffrey Nielsen, for standing up for his beliefs in his June 4 Tribune article. I admire my older brother's fearless and courageous attitude. And it has inspired me and given me the courage to express how I feel about the way Brigham Young University is treating this whole situation.

Although I am very upset, I am not surprised that BYU will not be rehiring Jeff. This is very typical of them to do this, because they have done the same thing to other former BYU professors who oppose some of the LDS Church's views.

The decision to not rehire my brother because of his views on gay marriage is an unwise and very cowardly way to react. It seems to me that they cannot handle opposing viewpoints for some reason.

I find it very interesting that on the LDS Church's Web site, it says that they don't reprimand their members if they don't support their views, yet BYU's policy states that someone who is on its payroll cannot come out with opposing viewpoints without being reprimanded.

This is very wrong and something needs to change. As BYU is church-owned, school policy should be consistent with church policy.

BYU needs to send Jeff and the other professors they have "let go" in the past, a formal apology for the egregious way they have treated them.


Jennifer Nielsen Alvey is a Roy homemaker and younger sister of Jeffrey Nielsen.