After the Mormon Church-funded debacle that started California’s continuing Prop. 8 battle, you’d think that the Mormon and gay communities would have nothing in common except a passion for unusual underwear.
However, it turns out that neither Mormons nor gays can lead a Boy Scout troop.
In the ironic cycle of hate, a straight, married Mormon couple in North Carolina has been told they can’t be Cub Scout leaders.
According to NPR, a Presbyterian church was happy to have Jeremy and Jodi Stokes as Cub Scout leaders until officials there found out they are Mormons. They were told they would have to step down because the church does not consider them “real Christians”. (Mormons consider themselves to be Christians.)
The Boy Scouts of America requires its members to swear an oath of duty to God.
Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC, about 10 miles from Charlotte, has about 2,350 members according to its website. It is part of the Presbyterian Church in America, a conservative Evangelical denomination. Evangelicals have consistently criticized the LDS church.
The LDS Church has consistently criticized gays, among other minority groups.
The Boy Scouts of America has legally discriminated against gays for a decade. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the BSA has a constitutional right to exclude openly gay men from serving as troop leaders.
See how this big jamboree of hate works?
The Boy Scouts discriminate against gays and Mormons.
The Mormons discriminate against gays.
But Mormons and grown-up Boy Scouts are all welcomed into the gay community with open arms.
So, tell me. Who’s looking most Christian now?
There is a great movie about one young man’s battle against discrimination in the Boy Scouts called Scout’s Honor. You really should see it.