Just a week after the Boy Scouts of America announced they would be changing their name, due to its policy change to accept girls in the organization, the gender that is the biggest supporter of the Scouts showed their disapproval of the change by cutting ties. One-fifth of the membership left.
On Tuesday the Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Mormon church would be severing their ties at the end of 2019. The church and Scouts published a joint statement, where the church explained they’re moving towards a more “global approach.”
“In this century of shared experience, the church has grown from a U.S.-centered institution to a worldwide organization, with a majority of its membership living outside the United States,” the joint statement said. “That trend is accelerating. The church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing it will be necessary for the church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA.”
The Mormons did a huge favor by not publicly embarrassing the Scouts, with this nice spin. However, there is no doubt that the organization’s willingness to adopt a liberal agenda had a huge part in the relationship split up.
Via Western Journal: As noted by the Deseret News — a Salt Lake City newspaper owned by a subsidiary of a holding company owned by the church — the “signs of strain of strain began to emerge years ago.”
It was five years ago that the Scouts voted to admit openly gay boys into the organization. The Mormon church said it had always allowed gays to join but the tension was building.
Three years ago, when the Scouts decided to admit gay Scoutmasters, the church said it would stay with the Scouts after the organization recognized “the right of all religious chartered organizations to select their Scout leaders in accordance with their religious beliefs,” the Deseret News reported.
In May of last year, the church decided to drop Scouting from church programs for boys aged 14-17, according to the Deseret News. That coincided with the Scouts’ decision to accept “transgender” boys — i.e. girls pretending to be boys — into the organization.
Now, six days after the Boy Scouts of America announced an epochal change in the group’s mission — complete with changing its name by 2019 to the bloodless, corporate Scouts BSA, the church has announced an end to all ties between the organizations.
From the outside, it looked inevitable.
The Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts had a 105-year partnership and their wave goodbye means 425,000 young males are leaving the 2.3 million member organization in the next two years. You could say this was a self inflicted wound by the Boy Scouts.
Mark Griffin, president of the BSA’s Great Salt Lake Council, had this to say to Desert News: “It’ll be a blow. We can’t say that it was a total surprise. Maybe the timing is a surprise, but we knew the church was working on a program for a worldwide church but that any changes would be based on the need to do the same program in Paris, France, as they have in Paris, Texas.”