A few years ago, when the YouTube phenomenon first hit, the geriatric leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who manage the church-owned Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, decided that the adult members of the LDS church who comprise more than 95% of the student body population, should not have access to YouTube on campus. Now, at the same time that it has been widely reported that China had disabled Twitter and other Internet communications in an effort to stifle any potential dissent on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, BYU has announced that the Brethren are considering lifting the campus ban on YouTube. The announcement also comes on the heels of the LDS church's launch of its own YouTube channel.
So, being the "polite apostate" as one LDS friend of mine recently dubbed me, I take this opportunity to offer BYU students who may be accessing YouTube for the first time some channels you may want to subscribe to in order to expand your understanding and knowledge of your religion. After all, the glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth. YouTube has immense potential to spread light and truth to the world. Certainly, that must be the motivating factor behind the decision to lift the ban on YouTube at BYU, should the Brethren so decide. Enjoy!