…I am weighing in on the Jeffrey Nielsen debacle. Nielsen, as many of you know, was the BYU professor who wrote an opinion piece in The Salt Lake Tribune about how the Mormon Church’s position on gay marriage was wrong.
In an absolutely SHOCKING move by the LDS Church, Nielsen was fired. Heh. Okay, so it was no surprise, but “job security” at BYU is a little different than it is at, say, The New York Times. Or 97.1 Zht. Or even McDonalds.
At BYU or any other church-owned entity, INCLUDING the Deseret News, if you don’t parrot the party/church line, kiss your job goodbye.
Everybody knows this. While there are still some mysteries in this world–like how the hell Paris Hilton manages to get out of BED every morning, and find her way home, and just what chip the Scientologists implanted in Tom Cruise’s brain to turn him into a Stepford Husband–Nielsen undoubtedly knew this, too.
While people are weighing in on both sides of the issue, and the Mormons get MORE bad publicity (just what they need), I think Nielsen knew what he was doing.
You don’t cross the LDS Church and remain in their ranks. Unless somehow you cross under their RADAR. That doesn’t happen when you are in their employ. Nielsen had to have known, and he took a stand anyway.
And that’s my take. He knew he would get fired. He took a stand. He is making a statement. Kudos to him. I sincerely doubt he was stupid enough to think there would be no repercussions.
But what has been gained by his firing and by his taking a stand? I’d love to hear what you readers have to think.