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Stanford Band Insults Christianity During Halftime Show Against BYU

Stanford Band Insults Christianity During Halftime Show Against BYU

“skit mocked the words of the marriage ceremony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”

Remember when sports used to be something that unified people of all backgrounds?

Campus Reform reports:

Stanford band mocks Christians during halftime show

At Saturday’s Brigham Young University (BYU) and Stanford University’s (Stanford) football game in California, Stanford’s band mocked BYU students’ Christain faith during its halftime show performance.

The halftime skit was called “gay chicken,” as reported by Jackson Payne, of the Daily Universe, the official BYU newspaper.

Featuring a mock wedding ceremony of two women, the skit mocked the words of the marriage ceremony of  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which marries a man and woman “for time and all eternity.”

The staged wedding  concluded with the mock marriage officiant quoting Genesis 1:28, telling  the women to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”

The band put the skit on despite the fact that members of its own football team are members of the Church.

Tanner McKee, Stanford’s quarterback, and other players including Levani Damuni and Spencer Jorgensen have served religious missions for the Church.

Damuni was reported as saying, “I’m assuming it was the Stanford band. They’re a militia of students who don’t represent what Stanford is about. I love Stanford.”

A BYU student at the game, Lauren Palmer, when contacted by Campus Reform, corroborated the details of the skit saying, “They put on a ceremony and then kissed the bride(s). As they did so, one woman took the microphone and said something along the lines of, if you think I’m gay, well I am.”


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Stanford band did an obscene figure (male genitalia) shape on national TV in the late 70’s early 80’s and earned a TV ban for a while.

So if the band of one school can express a complaint against a religious/ moral viewpoint can another band express an opposing view such as same sex marriage is morally evil?

    Milhouse in reply to Dr S. | December 5, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Of course they can. The only question is whether they want to, and whether they care what the reaction will be.

Lots of Christian and Mormon hate out there. The supposed jokey-joke magic underwear comments on conservative websites are not uncommon and veil deep sectarian hostility.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Tiki. | December 6, 2022 at 7:47 am

    There are hundreds of denominations in Christianity. All but one are wrong and to be mocked. The only one not to be mocked is the one you’re part of.

      I dare you to mock Yamulke as “magic jew caps.” But as the bigot on this specific thread mentions – Mormons aren’t “Christians.” They are less than others. Molochs maybe? And the proscription againt booze? Crazy!

      This is very typical. Tacit approval of the magic underwear smear is approval nonetheless.

      I’m not Mormon. I’m a soft-shell deist. Intelligtent design and all that. Which probably makes me

        Milhouse in reply to Tiki. | December 6, 2022 at 6:42 pm

        1. There are no consequences for mocking yarmulkes.

        2. Not being a Christian of any kind, I didn’t want to raise the point, but as I understand it Mormons are pretty much the only people who consider Mormons to be Christians. Their theology is about as similar to Christianity as that of the Nation of Islam is to actual Islam.

    DSHornet in reply to Tiki. | December 6, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Comparison of doctrines is always informative and can be fun. The only problem comes when those in the discussion forget their restraint and start yelling “You’re wrong!” Unfortunately, that happens way too often. I have been a member of two major denominations, I’ve seen it, and it’s ugly when people emphasize the very few differences between us and forget the overwhelming number of points on which we agree.

    Let them wear their sacramental underwear. It’s nobody else’s business and IDC.

I’m a former Christian, so I understand if this comes off as insensitive.

Regardless, I’m going to say it. Who cares?

The story here is not that they did it but rather that the left would throw a hissy fit if gays or muslims were mocked by the BYU band.

Latter Day Saints look Christian and sound Christian to those who aren’t familiar with their doctrines but those doctrines don’t agree with the great confessions of the faith. No Mormon will recite the Westminster Confession, the Apostles’ Creed, or the Nicene Creed and say they accept it in its entirety.

That said …

The Stanford band did something really stupid. It wasn’t cute. At all. It was inexcusable. Regardless of whether one accepts their beliefs, the insult should not have happened and I would be willing to defend any Mormon simply because he is a human being made in the image of God and doesn’t deserve such treatment. Comparison of doctrines can wait until another time.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to DSHornet. | December 6, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Thank you.

      Morning Sunshine in reply to Morning Sunshine. | December 6, 2022 at 10:14 am

      Sorry – “my kingdom for an edit button!”

      As a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I will not debate the theology… but just Thank You for being willing to stand up for decency.

        “Treat others the way you want to be treated” is an ideal we all should remember. I’ve heard it said that Christ’s teachings can be illustrated by treating others with courtesy, dignity, and respect. I imperfectly do my best.

Michael Johnson | December 6, 2022 at 12:17 pm

The Stanford band were ignorant leftist weenies back in the 60’s, no change there.

It is customary to mock the other team’s mascot in some way. But when did we start mocking the essential character of the school. Do we mock farmers or soldiers when playing A & M, Catholics at Notre Dame, or bears when we play a UC team?

Attacking the religion of a school is far worse and in very poor taste.

Not a minor point, but Mormonism is not Christianity. Christians believe that Jesus is God, one of three persons of a Holy Trinity, the eternal son of God. Mormons believe Jesus was a prophet, not god. As “Latter Day Saints”, they see the later prophets of their movement as superior.

    Barbara Nielsen in reply to Michael Johnson. | December 7, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am not sure where you got your information on what we believe. Your statement of what Christians believe is exactly what we believe – Jesus is God, one of three personages of a Holy Trinity, the eternal Son of God. Our big difference is in how we view the Trinity – three separate beings who are one in purpose. Jesus is the Son of God, and the only being through whom salvation is possible. No prophet, either before or after the advent of our Savior could be in any way *superior* to the Son of God.

Typical, ignorant college students who think they’re wise while being fools.

That said, Mormonism is not Christianity.

Richard Aubrey | December 6, 2022 at 7:57 pm

I emailed the Stanford president suggesting the next halftime skit show some real courage and determination. Mock Islam