The LDS Church, Social Justice Warriors And The Decline Of The Boy Scouts Of America

Yesterday, the LDS Church stated it would terminate its over 100 year association with Scouting effective January 31, 2019. For the Boy Scouts Of America (BSA) that is likely a nail in it’s coffin. It’s a shame too and one which the church bears a good part of the blame.

For quite a while now the BSA was a big target of social justice warriors (SJWs) and media allies in their war on traditional values and boys/men. Over the last several years they scored key victories on getting policies allowing openly gay leaders and scouts and getting girls into boy scouts* (right now they’re only in cub scouts but the trajectory is clear). Just this last week, the BSA even changed it’s name, yanking “Boy” from their name – they’ll be “Scouts BSA”. This mirrors the changes to scouting in Canada where the program is a shell of it’s former self (it’s pretty much dead).

The church was the dominant organization in Boy Scouts wielded great influence on national policy (they could block anything). During the above battles, folks waned the church and BSA that the social justice groups did not care about the welfare of the BSA nor compromise; “compromise” was simply a stepping stone on the path to the ultimate goal of destroying the organization for them. The warnings went unheeded, the church/BSA “compromised” on core principles and here we are.

In 2015**, David Burge did a good job of summing up SJW procedure:

It looks like SJWs will soon have a new “skin suit” to parade around in.

*I actually think it’s fine to offer a scout program for girls but it should’ve been just for girls and a separate branch and could’ve had the same requirements etc as the boys rather than getting into mission creep. Besides, that wouldn’t be good enough for SJWs as no boy-only organizations can be tolerated.

**Ironically, the same year the BSA added openly gay leaders to the program (openly gay scouts were added in 2014).

Addendum: I forgot to include this! It is very important to note that the LDS Church didn’t really run the scouting program the way it was intended. Rather than having a proper troop, the church broke the troop into ‘sub troops’ by age group (11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17). This fractured the program but wasn’t too big of a deal if you had lots of kids in each group (though lacking experienced youth leaders/mentors in younger groups) but if there were smaller numbers, proper youth leadership structure and training was much harder to implement.

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