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Mormons Dump Scouts


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It seems every year there’s a new national spastic freak-out from conservatives over The Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA started letting homosexual and transgender scouts join, then they ended their ban on openly gay scout masters, and just about the time your Uncle Revis was picking himself up off the floor, the Scouts announced they’d start letting older girls join, and they were changing the name of their signature program, dropping the “Boy.”

The Boy Scouts of America will now be Scouts BSA, and girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The Mormon Church, which still teaches that homosexual relationships are sinful, is ending their relationship with the BSA. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been associated with the Scouts for the past 105 years. One in every five Boy Scouts in the USA is Mormon, and all Mormon boys were expected to be a Boy Scout.

Conservatives are celebrating this. Washington Times contributor Robert Knight wrote, “Resistance to the cultural insanity is growing. Last Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced a parting of the ways with what used to be the Boy Scouts of America before it evolved into the Geldings of America, with its homosexual leaders, transgender members, real girls and a name change to rid itself of the dreaded word ‘Boy.'” Keep in mind, the Times is owned by the Moonies.

Mormon boys make up nearly 20% of the scouts with around 425,000 members. That would be a significant drop if they all choose to leave. However, the Cub Scouts which is allowing girls, have a membership of 1.25 million. The BSA, with a current membership around 800,000, may be hoping to reach that number with their new inclusiveness.

Another group not excited about this is the Girl Scouts. Last summer, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of America of trying to undermine the organization through a “covert campaign to recruit girls.” I’m not sure it’s very covert. I mean, the Mormons found out.

As for the Mormons’ departure, it may hurt the Scouts financially but I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. They have historically always been behind, and wrong, on social issues since their founding. The second president of the LDS, Brigham Young, had 55 wives. They lost count with Joseph Smith, the father of Mormonism, who had between 27-49 wives. The church didn’t allow black men to become priests until 1978, and for years even denied entrance for blacks into their temple.

I don’t want anything to hurt the Girl Scouts, which is a progressive and secular organization. But raising boys into young men with girls present is a good thing. It’ll teach them respect and that we’re all equals, except in most cases where girls are definitely better than you.

And, if Donald Trump ever speaks before the BSA again, maybe next time they won’t start chanting “lock her up.”

Creative note: Yeah, I changed the layout from horizontal to vertical for this cartoon. I wanted to have fun with it and it worked better with the canoe going up. I’m not sticking with it. I hope a few of my newspapers will use it and have fun with their page design.

Here’s the video.

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Saved To Death By The LDS


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I drew this for The Independent in St. George, Utah.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) decided that children of gay parents cannot receive a naming blessing or be baptized until they’re 18. As can be expected, there’s a firestorm over this and a fear of mass resignations from the church. Mass resignations? How many gay Mormons can there be? Dozens? I don’t get it … but hey, there are gay Republicans out there too, so go figure.

Now the church has issued a statement that the policy applies “only to those children whose primary residence is with a couple living in a same-gender marriage or similar relationship.” So if you’re one of those part-time kids who lives with straight mom and new dad and only lives with gay dad and his new friend Stan on weekends, then the church says you’re cool. You’re only slightly icky but not enough to be dehumanized by God.

They also said the policy will not apply retroactively to children in a same-sex household who have already been baptized. Now I’m not very religious (OK, I’m not religious at all), but I was raised going to churches (yes, plural), and I don’t know how they can go about unbaptizing someone. How do you undunk someone’s head in the water?

After a child who’s been refused a blessing and baptism has reached the age of 18, he or she can receive a baptism. That is, if he or she disavows same-sex cohabitation (guys doing it to other guys … or girls and girls). Of course, they’ll have to receive approval from the church’s governing First Presidency, who will make sure that none of the gay stuck to the child. Maybe they should add some bleach to the baptism water, you know, just to make sure they’re really cleansed.

The LDS’s message is one of “We want you, we want your financial support, but we don’t recognize you as a human being and will use policy to dehumanize you … but God bless you.” Basically, the church values you the same as a pre-1978 black guy.

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The LDS Church’s Exclusive History


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This week’s cartoon for The Independent in St. George, Utah.

The church is currently threatening to excommunicate members who are gay. I was wondering how well they’ll look in history for this decision. Considering they didn’t allow black members into the priesthood until 1978, and something they resisted heavily before then, it seems to me they don’t learn from history. It’s like they’re saying “yeah, we were wrong that one time and though this is the exact same thing it’s not the exact same thing.” Good luck with that.

Here’s the rough. You’ll notice I made a few changes upon editors’ advice.

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