Tuesday, September 28, 2004
BYU bans "I can't... I'm mormon" t-shirts
Some detect a "desire to sin" in implied message. This seems a little too much for me.
PROVO — Managers of the student newspaper at Brigham Young University pulled an advertisement after numerous complaints that it was too offensive for the conservative campus.
Chad Ramos, who capitalizes on "Mormon speak" in order to sell T-shirts, is surprised — but not particularly disappointed — at the furor at BYU over his "I can't" T-shirts. Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News The ad campaign began at the start of the month and sparked a big stir over a T-shirt with a simple phrase — "I Can't ... I'm Mormon."
Students, professors and administrators felt the slogan implied wearers wished they could drink, smoke or have casual sex but were prevented only because they are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.