Majority of Utah Mormons Want LDS Church to End Ties with Boy Scouts, Study Shows

Majority of Utah Mormons Want Church to Leave Boy Scouts


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ccording to a recent poll by Dan Jones and Associates, the majority of “very active” LDS members think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should “definitely” or “probably” break up with the Boy Scouts of America and form another organization.

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The survey was conducted after the news that BSA would allow gay leaders. The Mormon church’s response can be found here, saying the decision was “deeply troubl[ing]” and the long-time relationship “will need to be examined.”

If only the poll had asked this question before AND after the church’s announcement. Or perhaps more importantly, the study should have included a follow-up question that asked WHY the Church should end its long association with BSA. I have a hunch that many members wanted the church to re-evaluate ties with the Boy Scouts before their decision to include gay leaders, and by not asking follow-up, the reasons behind people’s feelings – including being upset at the potential inclusion of gay leadership – go unassessed. It would have been interesting to see if there was a measurable change.

In the end, as the article states, public opinion polls do not shape policy in the Mormon church, so I guess the biggest question is how will Utah parents withhold their sons’ driver’s licenses if they can’t hold the Eagle Scout over their heads?

See the original article here.

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