My mother is recovering from a broken hip in a rehabilitation center in American Fork, Utah. I visited her late yesterday afternoon before going to a Utah Valley party for the ACLU of Utah.
Do you like the ACLU? I asked her.
No, she said.
Why not? I asked.
Because they’re always going after BYU, she answered.
I don’t remember them ever going after BYU, I said.
They’re always so negative, she added. They’re against everything.
Like the Jim Crow laws in the South? I asked. Like segregation?
So I left for the party where I had a good time with other negative people, one of whom, Steve Goates, a BYU chemist, told me this story about his neighbor, a lifelong Democrat:
About to die, the neighbor asked for a form to file a change in political affiliation. He wanted to file as a Republican.
How can you possibly even consider that? his family asked.
Better for one of them to die than one of us, was his answer.
A little later Fred Geddicks, from the BYU Law School, heard me say that my mother thought the ACLU always went after BYU.
Tell her, he said, that in West Virginia a Mormon student with a state scholarship was denied a 2-year leave to go on an LDS mission. The ACLU stepped in and won the case for him.