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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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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.
Extension of remarks: Weber State backs Packer, loses Lisonbee ...

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

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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

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