The good news: BYU is softening its harsh policies toward Mormon students who lose their faith while in college. However, the university seems to be claiming that its decision to do so was not influenced by the FreeBYU campaign. What gives?
(RNS) Under the policy, students who enter the university as Mormons but then undergo a faith transition can be expelled, evicted from student housing and fired from on-campus jobs.
"I could not speak at a conference that is devoted in part to religious freedom, at an institution that seemed to be denying that freedom to its own students," says UC Santa Barbara scholar Mark Juergensmeyer.