Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Why There Are Those That Hate BYU

I read an opinion post today in the Arizona Daily Star written by a Utah State fan, telling why he grew up hating BYU. The article itself wasn't that bad, but a couple of comments really bothered me. The trouble is that the offensive comments were by BYU fans.

A "Wayne R" disparaged our upcoming opponent, the Arizona Wildcats, by saying that the standards at BYU are very high and that most Wildcat players wouldn't even get a recruiting visit to Provo. Whether or not that is true, it's arrogant. He then added to his arrogance by saying "there is no doubt that win or loose [sic], they will be the best team on the field." An "Aaron P" compounded the insult by referring to those who hate the Cougars as "degenerates".

Perhaps some BYU fans think that you can separate being a football fan from what you hear in the Sacramental prayers on Sunday--maybe it's not that important. But if these fans haven't noticed, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the type of religion about which one is generally casual. One of those who commented on the aforementioned article understandably termed LDS doctrine "wacky". Without going into details, those that come to the conclusion that the LDS Church is what it says, do so because they've had experiences that overpower arguments against the improbability that, for instance, a 14-year-old boy saw God and Jesus Christ.

Because the LDS religion is one that people either "really believe" or "really don't", you would think that people would take seriously central tenets such as taking upon oneself the name of Christ--and that they would recognize that applies even with regard to football. It's no wonder there are those that hate BYU: it takes only one hypocrite to leave our opponents with a sour taste. If a person experiences more than one disagreeable attitude, which would be the case by reading the comments after the Utah State fan's article, their antipathy towards us could easily become permanent.

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