Parents tend to want the best for their kids, and when they see their child forging down a dangerous path, it must be heartbreaking.
But while Mormon father Quin Monson may be shaken over his teenage son’s rebellious attitude, we’re more concerned for Dad.
In an interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition, Monson discussed his disappointment that the Boy Scouts decided to lift their blanket ban on gay troop leaders.
Quin, a former scout, current father of a scout and a professor at Brigham Young University, said, “My sense is that there’s not disappointment with the church as much as maybe disappointment with the scout program, and just disappointment that the relationship might be in danger, because it’s something that’s valued and loved.”
He continued, “The BSA statement allows for leaders who are openly gay and what that means in practice is, I don’t think, exactly clear. But I think that it very well could conflict with the church’s own policy which is, ‘You can identify as gay and be an active, faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.’ The problem is acting on that same-sex attraction, so there’s a distinction between actions and orientation.”
Ah, the tried and true “love the sinner hate the sin” approach to delusion.
But then Monson got to the heart of his dilemma — the fact that his own son sees no problem whatsoever with gay scout leaders.
“He’s a pretty deep thinker, and a thoughtful kid, but his reaction was, ‘Well, I don’t see why it matters, dad. Why is this such a big deal?’” he said.
“That’s the hard part about all of this,” Monson continued, his voice cracking with emotion, “is that it impacts a group of young men who don’t necessarily understand why.”
At least somebody’s thinking of the children.