Utah Gov. Spencer Cox blasted an “f*** the Mormons!” chant from University of Oregon students caught on video during a home football game Saturday against Brigham Young University in Eugene, Oregon.
“Religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon,” Cox, a Republican, wrote on a Twitter post that included video of the chant. Content warning: Profanity:
BYU is private university in Utah sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are commonly known as Mormons, CBS News noted in its report on the incident.
The University of Oregon apologized for the incident Sunday.
“The University of Oregon sincerely apologizes for an offensive and disgraceful chant coming from the student section during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University,” the school said on a Twitter post. “These types of actions go against everything the university stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community that has no place for hate, bias or bigotry.”
Oregon’s far-left Gov. Kate Brown posted a retweet of the school’s apology and added a “we must do better” declaration: “In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive state to all, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background. Our state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The chant at yesterday’s Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. We must do better.”
It’s more than reasonable — unless you’re avoiding the subject — to view the anti-LDS chant during the BYU football game in concert with a Duke volleyball player’s now-debunked racism accusation against BYU last month.
BYU officials banned a fan accused of yelling racial slurs at Rachel Richardson, a Duke volleyball player, during an Aug. 26 match. Richardson’s godmother claimed on social media that Richardson was called the N-word “every time she served” and was “threatened by a white male that told her to watch her back going to the team bus.” Richardson made the same allegations…. (Read more)