Over at By Common Consent, Kevin Barney discusses “some fairly random examples of instincts that may have seemed sound in the past but, I would argue, no longer serve the institution well” including one regarding Dialogue:
“For decades now publishing in Dialogue or Sunstone has meant an automatic rejection for employment at BYU. But guess where responsible treatments of challenging issues are? Not the Ensign. Signaling that scholarly engagement with difficult issues will not be tolerated means that people who value their employment with the church won’t touch such issues, thus limiting the responsible resources available when troubled students run into these things. I realize to some the Dialogue ban seems like it’s a way of saving and preserving faith, but in my view it accomplishes exactly the opposite.”
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