Gay parents like Dallas’ Jon Langbert aren’t the only ones banned from serving in leadership roles in the Cub Scouts. “Fake Christians” are barred too. This means you, Mormons.
Jeremy and Jodi Stokes were removed as Cub Scout leaders of their Raleigh-area pack, organized by a Presbyterian, when they were exposed — as members of LDS!
The Stokeses enrolled their sons as Scouts at Christ Covenant Church, a Presbyterian congregation about 10 miles from Charlotte, then expressed interest in volunteering as leaders. Church officials were initially thrilled earlier this month, the Stokeses said, until they saw on the couple’s application forms that they belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After two Scout meetings, the Stokeses were told their sons, 6 and 8 years old, could remain in their packs, but the parents couldn’t serve as leaders. “I can’t believe they had the audacity to say, ‘You can’t be leaders but we want your boys,'” Jodi Stokes said. “Are you kidding me? Do you really think I’d let my boys go there now?” [Ed: That’s what we say about your church!]
[…] Members of the Salt Lake City-based LDS church strongly identify as Christians, believing that salvation is possible because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But significant theological differences separate Mormons from most Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches. The LDS church treats as holy scripture writings, like the Book of Mormon, which aren’t recognized by other churches, but which it believes were divinely revealed to Joseph Smith in the 1820s. Mormons also disavow belief in the core Christian doctrine of the Trinity — that the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one — instead believing the three to be individuals united in a single purpose.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
That’s me laughing not at the parents of these boys (because it really is heartbreaking to see somebody’s religious beliefs keep them out of an organization for kids), but me laughing at the treatment of members of the Mormon Church, which has had no problem furthering the discrimination against gays, but now sees its own parishioners on the wrong side of the fence.
What was it LDS says about strong families … that they need a mommy and a daddy? Well strong Cub Scout parents need to believe in the real Jesus and not that Joseph Smith bloke.
LDS will tell you it has no problem with gay people joining the church, so long as they don’t “express their homosexuality.” And now members of LDS found another group that’s willing to treat them the same: The Cub Scouts have no problem with you enrolling your kids, so long as you don’t express your fake Christian beliefs.
And now we can all have some mutual understanding for Mr. Langbert, who knows all too well what it’s like to be asked to leave an exclusive club, and who spoke to HLN yesterday.