Today was the appeal hearing before the Utah State Records Committee. RFM has doggedly been pursuing release of emails between Brigham Young University and the BYU Police Department. These emails likely contain directives to the police to not release certain information contained in their reports damaging to BYU and the LDS Church. The Committee made their ruling at the end of the hearing. I won’t spoil the surprise by revealing it here! Let’s just say the Committee did not deny RFM’s appeal!
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Wow!! Who needs TV court room drama when you have RFM. Hope it’s legal to release the audio of these court hearings (I’m sure you wouldn’t have done this if it were otherwise).
Everyone needs to take notes on how it’s done kids. RFM is in the room.
If you listen closely, you will hear it announced by the committee at the very beginning that the proceedings are being recorded.
It is a public hearing.
Even though everybody was appearing remotely.
I keep thinking about what GB Hinckley said and given the purported mission statement of BYU in their “quest for perfection”, demonstrated by its contrast to hiding an abuser(s) among them, he reports, “Well, we have nothing to hide. Our history is an open book. They may find what they are looking for, but the fact is the history[*] of the church is clear and open and leads to faith and strength and virtues.”
* the bodies of knowledge about the past, together with everything that involved in the production, communication of, and teaching about that knowledge.
When you start hearing church leaders say repeatedly how open and transparent the church is about its history, you start to wonder why they have to say it so much . . .