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Letter: Requiring BYU professors to march in lockstep is a disservice to students

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young University (BYU).

As a BYU alumnus, I am watching the current path BYU is taking with concern. There should not be limits on academic research and education. For a real education, students need to be able to ask questions, not be fed a party line.

I find myself wondering if one of my most influential professors, who taught Christian history and talked about his time attending Vatican II, would be accepted today. Certainly, his version of Christian history didn’t match the version I had learned at church. I consider it and the other comparative religion classes I took some of the most intellectually stimulating during my time at BYU.

Requiring all professors to march in lockstep does a disservice to students.

JJ Esplin, Salt Lake City

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