Skip to comments.Survey: Many Utah Scouts against lifting gay ban
Posted on 03/25/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT by District13
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) More than four out of five Boy Scout leaders in the Salt Lake City area say they are opposed to Boy Scouts of America lifting its ban on gays, a new survey shows.
Nearly half said they would quit the Boy Scouts if the ban on gays is lifted, according to results of a survey of 4,700 adults involved in the Boy Scouts' Great Salt Lake Council. The respondents included leaders and parents.
The council is one of the largest in the country, with 5,500 troops and 73,400 youth members. Nearly all of the troops, 99 percent to be exact, are sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Scouts are celebrating 100 years in Utah this year.
"We just want to be what we've always been," said Rick Barnes, executive of the Boy Scouts' Great Salt Lake Council. "That's what the people in Utah are saying: stick to the traditional family values. It's a pretty clear message."
The Boy Scouts national executive board is currently mulling a proposal to move away from its no-gays membership policy or create a local option that would give the decision to the individual troops.
"We are in the listening phase of this process, where councils are providing valuable feedback like this report," Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said.
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If the LSD leaves the BSA, where they require their patrons do their social service, the BSA will dissolve.
What do you mean by post #3? Thanks.
“In December, however, the LDS church launched a website encouraging members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality. The website instructs Mormons to be loving and respectful toward gays and lesbians, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.”
It’s the opposite to the Catholic church. The leadership are the ones shifting left.
I under the kid that successfully protested the “Stomp on Jesus” assignment is a devout Mormon.
Oh, yes, you’re right. I was glad to learn that the young man who refused to stomp on Jesus is a Mormon.
LDS is the biggest contributor to the BSA financially, if they pull out it won’t be able to sustain itself.
I’m pretty sure that’s why the BSA postponed the vote to let Sodomites be leaders and members till May.
I think he’s Catholic.
The leadership of the LDS shifting left? Not so. Don’t forget the LDS Church was at the forefront of the fight to pass Prop 8. Eeegads! I hope the Supremes come down on the side of Prop 8! Regarding being more compassionate toward homosexuals, wouldn’t you agree that’s a good idea. Hate the sin; love the sinner.
Heard it on the radio while driving. Good chance I heard wrong.
Parents have a right to protect their sons.
One word: Sandusky
No, I just looked it up. You’re right. He’s Morman.
Which is exactly what some kind of people want.
Why would gays want to belong to an organization that they’ve said for decades is a bunch of bigoted homophobes. Wouldn’t it be easier to form the “Gay Scouts” and go on about your business if your goal really was to allow gay youth to participate in scouting??
I know... /sarc
No, he was a Mormon but he just as well could have been a Catholic. Anyway, I am proud of him for taking a stand. I read where he got kicked out of the class.
Whether you need to believe LDS is a cult or not, their congregation is the most moral and strict religion I know.
They don’t drink, curse, smoke, etc. One told me their only non boring activity is dressing sexy in ballroom dancing.
I think we can count on the Mormons to not pull out. Just look at the size of their families.
“Why would gays want to belong to an organization that theyve said for decades is a bunch of bigoted homophobes.”
That is a darn good question! Anyway, whatever happened to freedom of religion and freedom of association?
Yes, I am proud of him, too. We need more people to take a stand like he did.