Bring Back the Beard! #BringBacktheBeard

Bring Back the Beard! #BringBacktheBeard

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Prayers and pleas to restore the beauty of men’s beards has accelerated at Brigham Young University. We need a new more ethical and humane policy allowing beards on campus. So say male students, women students, faculty, mothers and fathers of students globally, church members and many leaders. BYU has missed out on having many of excellent applicants for grad school because faithful LDS members want to preserve their facial hair. Many wives have said they love their husbands’ beards and don’t want them shaved.

A new BYU policy change is more relevant than ever since COVID-19 when many male faculty and students grew beards throughout 2020-21. Beards are clearly prophetic. They were used by righteous men from Adam down through the ages. While Joseph Smith couldn’t grow a good beard, most of his leading Brethren could and did. Nearly all prophets, apostles and others have done so righteously and proudly. For many it was a symbol of many good things. It may have helped them spiritually, educationally, and socially, as well as protected them from the elements and made them admired by wives and children. From the Restoration in 1830 until the 1960s, beards were encourages and widely accepted. For decades, those serving missions to Europe and across America were told by LDS leaders to grow beards because “facial hair added dignity.” This is still the case with men today.

BYU’s policy was an aberration by a past campus leader in the 1960s who erroneously assumed beards symbolized leftist, anti-war men, not realizing beards gave dignity. It was his mere personal bias, but some officials at headquarters were manipulated into making a bad policy. Currently, millions of men globally, whether in the church or of other faiths, wear beards: Judges, senators, congressional leaders, governors, many CEOs, temple workers, and local church leaders among the rank and file. Beards are widely popular with professional male athletes. Many attorneys, MDs, and scientists wear beards. LDS academics at numerous universities across the globe enjoy having a beard. Years ago, Pres. Dallin Oaks noted that he wouldn’t be surprised if the beard policy changed in the future. That time is now. Thankfully, BYU gradually became more open, making beards acceptable for those of other religions on campus, as well as for medical and theatrical purposes. Of course, BYU male athletes have always been allowed to enjoy beards and long hair, as they preferred.

Throughout the Bible, having a beard showed righteousness, as is still the case with many Jews. Also, Muslims, Catholics, Quakers, Protestants, and Evangelicals. Thankfully, the LDS Handbook and church newsroom have no negative guidelines regarding facial hair. Leaders have long known that becoming a global church involves multiple cultures, realizing that a beard holds different meanings around the world. When BYU finally allowed women to wear pants in the 1980s, many were relieved. Next came shorts and flip flops. More recently, in 2017 when students and faculty begged for change, Coca Cola was allowed at BYU after the campus food administrator admitted it had been banned for decades merely because he “didn’t like the taste.” Not exactly a rational or religious justification. The beard policy has the same empty degree of legitimacy. It’s way past time for change! Join the cause! Sign the petition!

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