The 96 Theses: Constructive Suggestions for Improving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13-24
13. The Church owns a private
hunting ground on which it sells hunting permits for up to $8,500 to
hunters to shoot and kill
14. The Church should divest itself of this property. The Church should not profit from the merciless slaughter of animals for sport.
15. The Church owns television station KSL, which is an NBC affiliate, and approximately 30 radio stations.
16. The Church should sell its interest in KSL and other media ventures. The Church should not be in the media business.
17. The Church announced the purchase of the Crossroads Mall in 2003 for over $1 billion. That project’s cost is now estimated to be over $2 billion. (the original article contained the $2 billion number; the church-owned paper later deleted the reference to the cost).
18. The Church should not be in the shopping mall business, nor should it pay for Salt Lake City’s downtown revitalization efforts.
19. The Church requires nonmember BYU faculty members to “keep” the Word of Wisdom even off campus and during semester breaks.
20. The Church should eliminate this nonsensical requirement for nonmember professors.
21. The Church strictly enforces an exacting code of conduct at BYU and other church-owned universities under which students and teachers may not, among other things, be in the bedroom of a member of the opposite sex to whom they are not married, drink alcohol (or even be in the presence of others who are consuming alcohol—deemed a “serious” offense), coffee, tea, or use tobacco products, miss more than 3 church meetings in a semester. Failure to abide by the code of conduct may result in loss of scholarship money or expulsion from the university.
22. The Church should relax the code of conduct to focus on academic honesty and respect for others, remove attendance at church meetings from the requirements, and eliminate the requirement that students obtain each year an “ecclesiastical endorsement” from their Bishop or Branch President.
23. The Church does not require its universities to adhere to the principles promulgated by the AAUP in its 1940 statement on academic freedom. The Church values loyalty to ecclesiastical leaders above the honest search for truth in its faculty and student body.
24. The Church should adopt the principles of academic freedom ... The Church should apologize to and seek to reinstate Jeffrey Nielsen and any other qualified academic whose employment at a church-run school has been terminated because of the expression of ideas different from or distasteful to the Brethren.