October 20, 2010

Church Won't Let Mormon Parents Be Scout Leaders

Today there was an interesting article in the paper. It appears that in Raleigh, NC a local Presbyterian church (Christ Covenant Church) will not let the parent’s of two Mormon children become Scout leaders solely on the basis that they are Mormons.

The story at: www.standard.net/topics/mormons/2010/10/19/nc-cub-scout-troop-wont-let-mormons-be-scout-leaders

It appears that the Presbyterians don’t see the Mormons as “Real” Christians. I think the Christ Covenant Church has missed the point about what the Scouts are all about. The Boy Scouts of America provided a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops their personal fitness. It is not about Jesus and it is certainly not about religious prejudice.

It makes me wonder what the Presbyterians’ true agenda is by creating a Scout troop. Could it be a vehicle to create something fun and entertaining for children and then use it as a ploy to brainwash them about your faith? Is the Christ Covenant Church’s intent to use the Scouts as a method to teach religion or is it about Scout values?

This also begs the question what was so terribly wrong with parents that volunteered? I assume they had no criminal record or allegations of improprieties regarding children. Then why could they not let them be leaders? If they had such heart burn with their religious point of views then why not let them be leaders with the understanding that they were not to discuss their religion with the children? Just to deny their application solely on the bases that they do not precisely conform to their brand of Jesus is…well, small-minded so say the least and down right offensive to Scout values.

All this flies in the face of the mission statement of the Scouts and what they stand for. I would hope that the Boy Scouts of America will soon launch an investigation and revoke the Christ Covenant Church troop status.

Jesus said in John 3:16. perhaps the most recited verse in the Bible. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Talk about inclusion! "Whosoever" is a huge word. It means that anyone who wants "in" just has to say the word. No one is left out. Christianity does not carry a message of intolerance or condemnation, but a message of reconciliation and salvation. But I guess this doesn’t apply to Mormons or so the Presbyterians have demonstrated with this act of religious bigotry against these two men.

This is just another shinning example of how some Christians act toward the world in general. Smug, self righteous, indifferent, and not very Christ like at all. This yet again proves the how religion is used to oppress and foster hatred towards others not in the circle of an established belief system.

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