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Lack of caffeine at BYU attributed to student choice, not Word of Wisdom

September 11, 2012
source: The Daily Universe

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MR says: A few BYU student groups have recently started in support of serving caffeine on campus.

A popular belief that caffeine is prohibited by the LDS Church’s Word of Wisdom may partly stem from the fact that caffeinated soft drinks are not sold on the BYU campus.

How a recent blog post on the Church’s website affects that belief is a popular question on campus.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a blog on Aug. 29 in the newsroom section of LDS.org that read: “The Church does not prohibit the use of caffeine.” The statement was subsequently updated to read that “the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine.”

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richchipper said...

06:07 AM
on Sep 12, 2012

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How can a lack of choice mean no one wants it? I bet there isn't a strong demand for kangaroo either. I'm always frustrated when there id a lack of choice when the choices do not violate a core principle. If the argument is the spirit of the law, outlaw chocolate, fried foods, and even meat (after all, it is not famine)!

kirtsch said...

06:46 PM
on Sep 12, 2012

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Director Wright seems to have opted for a "I don't want to deal with this" approach to the question of caffeinated beverages on campus. Seems to me that will only create a controversy where there isn't one. Offer it. If it doesn't sell, re-evaluate the choice. Covering your eyes and hoping it will go away just won't work.
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