Most Utah Mormons want their church out of Boy Scouts, poll shows

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Boy Scout Casey Chambers carries a rainbow flag during the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival in California on June 29, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Noah Berger
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Boy Scout Casey Chambers carries a rainbow flag during the San Francisco Gay Pride Festival in California on June 29, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Noah Berger *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SCOUTS-REACTION, originally transmitted on July 14, 2015.

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SALT LAKE CITY A Mormon exodus could devastate the Scouts, given that, as recently as 2013, more than a third (37 percent) of the troops were LDS-sponsored, accounting for 18 percent of the BSA’s 2.4 million total membership.

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  • Larry

    Of course lets see how they actually act. They didn’t suddenly flee to Trail Life when the BSA ended its ban on gay scouts. I sincerely doubt they will flee now. If they do, good riddance. Their influence on the organization has been destructive from the get-go. Instilling a level of sectarian prejudice that was never intended of Scouting.

    The Boy Scouts was never intended as a religious organization, far from it. Religion is only barely tangentially related to it. Only to the point of recognizing individual scouts have their own beliefs. As a gateway to its primary attribute of instilling a sense of Citizenship. This is why there is no religious award requirement for Eagle Scout, but 3 Citizenship awards are.

  • Dominic

    The Boy Scouts should now just be considered a gay organization since its leaders have given up their principles to appease a few gays. I think its wise for communities or churches to now start their own Scout groups, rather than bother with the gay “cause”.

  • Larry

    Actually 20 years ago they sacrificed their principles of citizenship and their non-sectarian nature to appease bigots and engage in discriminatory conduct.

    A decision which has driven away much of their outside support from public sources, corporations and non-religious public service organizations This is simply correcting mistakes of the past. The only reasons churches make up such a large % of sponsors is because they drove away many other types. (Which may have been the point of the policy in the first place)

    There is always Trail Life for your churches to go to. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  • bqrq

    The Boy Scouts have become a group of craven child molesters who are totally devoted to pushing sodomy on boys and young men. They do not care whether it is right or wrong, nor who gets hurt. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to advancing the sexual gratification of homosexuals.

  • I’m pretty sure that the LDS Church has had it’s own backup plan for an LDS scout program for some time. They would like a program that they can roll out world-wide, instead of just for the boys and young men in the US. They likely are just waiting for the right moment.

  • Greg1

    I think it is high time for churches and the BSA to part company, as their visions are very different. The BSA is becoming a Leftist organization, and the churches need to be serving God, in a wholesome way. It won’t be too long before the scandals of pedophilia begin to trickle out of that organization.

  • Larry

    bqrq’s craving for “marshmallow boys” will be tougher to satisfy now that he can’t rely on prejudice against gays to cover up his activities.

    bqrq, my suggestion is to go to Trail Life or the LDS’s new youth program. You will be able to molest with impunity among such people. Just ask the Duggars or members of the clergy.

  • Larry

    Greg1, the scandals of pedophilia have been a torrent out of the BSA during the years of the gay ban. Obviously all the churches did, with stumping for the ban, was enable child molesters to act with impunity. As they do within their own organizations.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/20/boy-scout-abuse-files/1646033/

    Churches which are beholden to discrimination as a guiding principle are more than free to leave the BSA. As an Eagle Scout I welcome their departure.

  • Ben in oakland

    You have been told over and over again that the pedophile scandals long ago hit the Boy Scouts when they were demanding strict heterosexuality for all scoutmasters and scouts. Just like your church, the Boy Scouts covered it up for decades. But you don’t care about that at all because you would rather blame gay people for it.

    Sad and sick.

  • Ben in oakland

    Funny about that. Appease a few gays?

    Do you mean appease the decent kind and un bigoted heads of corporations who no longer want to support the virulently antigay? The communities that have passed non discrimination ordinances because they no longer buy the lies the virulently Antigay are selling? The churches that think Antigay theology is just another Bronze Age relic?the scouting families who don’t want to support scouting if it remains Antigay?

    In other words, not just gay people, not just a few gays, but our families, friends, communities, employers, parents, Congregations, pastors, denominations, and. Decent, kind, compassionate, and decidedly non-ignorant people who have had it with yet one more vicious prejudice getting some kind of respect as “since your religious belief.”

  • Billysees

    Dominic,
    ” The Boy Scouts should now just be considered a gay organization… ”

    Not an intelligent comment…..awfully dumb.