The University of Oregon has apologized to Brigham Young University (BYU) after many of its students began singing “F*ck the Mormons” during their game on Saturday.
“Religious bigotry is alive and celebrated in Oregon,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox (R) wrote in a tweet featuring the video of the insulting chant.
Religious bigotry is alive and celebrated in Oregon. https://t.co/l8BdsSJWu2
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) September 18, 2022
BYU describes itself as “…established, supported, and led by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are commonly referred to as Mormons.
On Sunday, Oregon released a statement saying the student chants went against “everything the university stands for.”
“The University of Oregon sincerely apologizes for the insulting and outrageous singing of the student body during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University,” the university said. “Actions like this go against everything the university stands for and against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community where there is no place for hatred, prejudice or bigotry.”
Actions like this go against everything the university stands for and against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a campus community where there is no place for hatred, prejudice or bigotry. 2/2
— University of Oregon (@uoregon) September 18, 2022
Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) retweeted the university’s statement, saying the student’s actions went against the spirit of inclusivity.
In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive state for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background. Our state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The singing during yesterday’s Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. We have to do better. https://t.co/q8aDJ6IMmg
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) September 18, 2022