Friday the 13th Caffeine Poll
January 13, 2012 by
The obvious subtext is the Word of Wisdom. At BYU we sell no caffeine, at least we don’t consciously sell stuff with “caffeine” as a listed ingredient. I don’t think we sell those energy drinks. Do we sell “no doz” on campus? I mean we do sell Hershey bars and fudge and so on, but no Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper. We do sell the so-called caffeine-free versions. Is this the righteous way? Am I a sinner for my occasional Dr. Pepper? Call me to repentance if you will! Once I was at a party at a conference and had a Diet Coke in my hand. A (non-Mormon) colleague was scandalized by my drink. Doing the Elmer Fudd voice, I tried to explain that coffee and tea were prohibited but not soft drinks. He was not convinced. I was going to pull out my David O. McKay caffeine letter until I realized it worked against me. President Hinckley didn’t make this any easier. And there’s the Pew Forum thing. You may take a finer grained approach. Caffeine only in the morning? Only Diet Coke? Is caffeine ingestion a genuine sin? Expound as you will and don’t hold back on me just because I’m one of the most important people in the world.