Weber State University: Do not name your Center for Family (CFCE) after Boyd K. Packer
  • Petitioned Weber State University

This petition was delivered to:

Weber State University
President,
Charles A. Wight
Secretary
Donna Wollman

Weber State University: Do not name your Center for Family (CFCE) after Boyd K. Packer

    1. James Carroll
    2. Petition by

      James Carroll

      Los Alamos, NM

Naming a public university's program to support families after Packer further marginalizes many members of our community who already face both intended and unintended discrimination, given positions advocated by Packer in the past. I believe that we should not support a public university's naming of a family center after someone who's publicly and prominently expressed opinions have, intentionally or not, disparaged the loving families of so many others. 

In the press announcement for the center, the director of the CFCE said Packer's emphasis on education and family is in "perfect sync" with the center's education outreach programs. But is this an accurate representation? While Packer has dedicated his life to a specific form of religious education, he has made a number of public pronouncements which are not in keeping with the ideals of a public university. For example:

In 1977, Packer warned against the danger of interracial marriage by saying: "We've always counseled in the Church for our Mexican members to marry Mexicans, our Japanese members to marry Japanese, our Caucasians to marry Caucasians, our Polynesian members to marry Polynesians. The counsel has been wise." (http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=1051)

Equally disturbing, in 1993 Packer attacked three groups in one blow by stating that the greatest threats to society were from "the gay‑lesbian movement, the feminist movement (both of which are relatively new), and the ever‑present challenge from the so‑called scholars or intellectuals." (http://www.zionsbest.com/face.html) Do homosexuals, feminists, and scholars honestly have no place in an academic university devoted to honest scholarship? 

And then, in remarks he made this April directed at the possibility of homosexuals being legal family units, he called tolerance of homosexual families a "trap."

In 1994 Packer criticized the public education system for creating atheist children and equated atheists and humanists to people without morals. In a 1996 talk at The David O. McKay Symposium at BYU he claimed public schools are "too dangerous for children to attend" physically and morally, and schools are responsible for "producing the problems that we face."

Packer made all these statements after his experience as a student at Weber in the 1940s! It seems unfortunate that his time there didn't sufficiently instill a love of secular education or a tolerance toward certain types of diverse families.

Naming a state university program that is supposed to represent and serve a variety of non-traditional families in the community after Packer sends the message that only certain types of families are valued by the state, and that is insensitive at the least. In Utah, where the separation of church and state is often unclear, this naming of a public program sends a loud, clear message to many that discrimination is both acceptable and embraced at Weber.

(references, see http://www.weber.edu/WSUToday/050113PackerCenter.html and http://mobile.standard.net/standardex/pm_109839/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=R7R9jShx)

To:
Weber State University
Charles A. Wight, President,
Donna Wollman, Secretary
Do not name your Center for Family (CFCE) after Boyd K. Packer

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Professor Fired at Weber State University

      James Carroll
      Petition Organizer

      Jared Lisonbee was on the faculty at Weber State University in the College of Education where the Packer Center is housed. When the name of the center was first announced, Jared suggested that naming the center after Brother Packer would alienate many of the very families that the center was intended to serve. He was the only member of the faculty at the meeting to express such obvious concerns.

      It has recently come to my attention that Jared has now been removed from his position at the University, and all indications are that his removal was a result of his opposition to the naming of the family center, and of his wife's letter to the editor, and this resulting petition. I believe that this is a morally reprehensible action.

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • Ralph Martinez SLC, UT
      • 8 months ago

      Because I am a WSU Alumni and Boyd KKK Packer does not represent a proper "family" man at this day and age. Too bigoted, too one-sided.

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    • Brent Pace SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • 8 months ago

      Mr. Packer's speeches are filled with hateful rhetoric against LGBT people. I know this because I was raised Mormon and have heard virtually every talk since I was a young man. I'm saddened to think that you would seriously consider naming your Family Center after someone so rejecting of LGBT families. He attempts to place blame and shame on anyone different than he is. Please reconsider.

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    • Steve Johnson BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Because boyd k is a bigot and the name a family building after him is an insult to anyone who believes in loving others.

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    • Preston Carter OGDEN, UT
      • 9 months ago

      I do not believe discrimination is morally permissible nor do I feel that it should be honored.

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    • nancy altain CLARA CITY, MN
      • 11 months ago

      This guy sends hateful, elitist messages; public institutions should NOT praise him or even tolerate him. Sheesh!!!!!

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