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As Partners, Mormons and Scouts
Turn Boys Into Men

New York Times, by Erik Eckholm

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Posted By:jeffreyabigail, 10/18/2012 11:55:29 AM

In this hilltop suburb of Salt Lake City, where a vista of white spires signals a concentration of Mormons and their churches, it is a given that every boy will become a Cub Scout at 8 and then a Boy Scout at 11. With mutual exaltation of God and country and a shared aim of nurturing “morally straight” men with leadership skills and a service ethic, the Mormons and the Boy Scouts seem made for each other, as entwined as a square knot.

Summary - Mormons hate gays. Expect near daily Mormon articles now that Zero looks like he will lose.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 10/18/2012 12:11:42 PM     (No. 8942655)

" most recently, (Boy Scouts) faced criticism for failing in the past to prevent the sexual abuse of children."

Yet, your liberal bretheren will slander and disparage the Boy Scouts for not allowing homosexual scoutmasters. What hypocrisy - but what we have all come to expect that from the left-of-center.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FunOne, 10/18/2012 12:14:17 PM     (No. 8942663)

So the LDS folks support a youth organization that stands for character development, citizenship, and personal and physical fitness. What's wrong with that?

Fun One -- 55 years a Boy Scout

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Reply 3 - Posted by: felton335, 10/18/2012 12:41:55 PM     (No. 8942759)

I tried to become a Boy Scout in Palo Alto Ca. back in the late 50's but because I wasn't Mormon I was not accepted. The only Scout troop in PA (that I was aware of)was supported by the Mormons.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ilovedogs, 10/18/2012 12:42:46 PM     (No. 8942761)

Amazing how this article made a great organization like the Boy Scouts and two churches Roman Catholic and Mormon sound so faintly disgusting.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hybernicus, 10/18/2012 12:52:58 PM     (No. 8942792)

It's hard to understand that with the huge evangelical outreach by Mormons they would not want a non-Mormon to be part of their scout troop. It seems that they would encourage it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hybernicus, 10/18/2012 12:59:38 PM     (No. 8942820)

Isn't allowing gay leaders to take charge of boys like letting kids control the cookie jar - but with a far more emotionally devastating effect on the boys? The huge damage a few priests that a few priests have perpetrated on Catholics and the Catholic Church would be eclipsed by allowing gay scout leaders. Gay scout leaders would not only molest the boys but also teach them not to be morally clean.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: felton335, 10/18/2012 1:18:19 PM     (No. 8942886)

My best friend, living next door, was Mormon and a Boy Scout. He encouraged me to join his Troop. The troop leader was Mormon and PA policeman and a friend of our family. But the problem was that all of the Troop meetings were in a Mormon church and I as a non-Mormon could not participate. I have a lot of respect for most Mormons in their love of family and country. But I hope that they have changed their attitudes about having non-Mormons joining the Boy Scouts sponsered by their church. Perhaps they already have but it has been a lot of years since I was involved.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tisHimself, 10/18/2012 1:47:37 PM     (No. 8943014)

Here it comes. The card they were holding back.
Playing it now.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rubberneck, 10/18/2012 1:55:36 PM     (No. 8943036)

“It’s tremendously cohesive, a system that works wonderfully — unless you don’t fit in exactly,” said Chase Barlet, 23, who grew up Mormon in the Denver area and quit scouting just before attaining Eagle in a silent protest against scouting’s ban on gay members. He is now an openly gay corporate lawyer in Canada and has left the Mormon Church.

Yeah, fitting in. I'm not a member of the KKK or the American Communist Party, for that exact same reason!

Regarding having "non-Mormons" participate in scouting... there are many non-Mormon Scouts and leaders in Church-sponsored troops. However, there is a policy that the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Varsity or Venturer Adviser, must indeed be a church member. I think it's an accountability thing. As a long-time Mormon scout and scout leader, I've worked with many dads (and moms!) not of my faith, who have been exemplary and helpful in the program.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: felton335, 10/23/2012 8:09:08 PM     (No. 8956603)

Please remenber the I am talking about the 50's. I'm sure that things have changed but I still have some regret that I was not allowed to be a Boy Scout.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: felton335, 10/23/2012 8:14:32 PM     (No. 8956613)

To poster number nine: give it a rest. I'm not going after the Mormons. I just posted my experience with the Boy Scouts 60 years ago.

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