An Open Letter of Appreciation to My Readers and Friends

Dear Readers,

In my last few posts, I have discussed some of the dangerous trends in academia and on college campuses as a result of the rise in identity politics. These trends include the stifling of intellectual diversity, censorship of free speech, and repressive sectarianism and totalitarianism. In raising awareness of these issues, I was afraid to speak and write openly for fear of jeopardizing my image and reputation as a college instructor, blog writer, and friend. Nevertheless, and in earnest prayer, I proceeded to write the posts and lay out all of my concerns.

I want to thank all of you who have supported my efforts in shining a disinfectant light on academia's growing injustice and suppression of intellectual diversity and free speech. I have received lots of positive feedback from other educators, students, and friends who have similar fears but are afraid to speak openly. Thankfully, I have received only one negative email (actually the only negative email since launching LDS Women Converse). Still, I appreciate my critic's interest.

Historical accounts in and out of the scriptures reveal the inevitable risks, repercussions, criticisms, harms, and persecution of individuals and groups who took a principled stand against various forms of injustice, unrighteous dominion, tyranny, sin, and evil. Whether or not one agrees with my observations regarding academia and other social issues, I will continue to raise awareness (when the need arises) for the sake of my own integrity. I simply can no longer pretend, willfully ignore, nor turn a blind eye to these destructive forces within academia and on college campuses.

Additionally, when I feel the need, I will use this blog to foist my own "title of liberty" in attempts to promote a peaceful co-existence inside and outside of Mormonism. Now, as my voice grows more influential, I am understanding what it means to have the courage of one's convictions. Ancient and modern prophets have warned us that living in the last days---with its cacophony of divisive and strident voices---will force us (as I have been forced) to choose sides and to take a stand. Our critics will allow no neutral or middle ground.

Like everyone else, I am imperfect, and I don't claim to have all the answers. I am determined, however, to live authentically and with a clear conscience. And I am finding, dear readers, that to have a clear conscience requires courage. Lots of it.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and encouragement.