Its always amusing to watch the holders of "inerrant truths" as they cower in fear before those who have contrary ideas. Quite the tacit acknowledgement that their "inerrant truths" are neither inerrant nor the truth, else why the fear of ideas?

If someone wants to suggest gravity pulls up rather than down, there is no need to suppress this idea because its falsity is readily demonstrable.

Only those who hold false beleifs need the insulation afforded by the Thought Police.


Brigham Young University Censured

.c The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The American Association of University Professors on Saturday censured Brigham Young University over what it called a poor climate of academic freedom.

The national faculty group's 45,000 members, meeting this weekend in Washington, voted to censure the religious university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The action dealt with the university's refusal to grant continued status - BYU's version of tenure - to Gail Turley Houston, an English professor whose feminist views ran counter to some church standards.

University officials said Houston attacked the school in speeches and in an article published in an off-campus newspaper.

The association determined that BYU's denial of tenure violated Houston's academic freedom and that Houston's public support for praying to a ``Mother in Heaven as well as a Father in Heaven'' were not statements of public advocacy, but were ``a description of personal vision.''

BYU will be placed on the AAUP's list of censured universities, which appears in its journal, Academe. The censure does not affect the school's accreditation.

Gordon also downplayed any damage the censure could cause the school's reputation. He said less than 5 percent of the nation's faculty members belong to AAUP.

AP-NY-06-13-98 1849EDT


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