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The internet is fighting over who’s ‘worse off’ in the Mormon Church-Boy Scouts parting of ways

Next year, the Scouts will allow girls—and the church will officially sever ties with the organization.

 

Samantha Grasso

IRL

Published May 9, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 4:18 pm CDT

After a 105-year run, the Mormon Church has announced it will officially be severing ties with the Boy Scouts of America, and the internet is arguing off which entity is better off going solo.

On Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced that it is ending a “century-old tradition” in breaking with the organization and no longer mandating that all boys in the Mormon congregation become a part of the Boy Scouts, the Washington Post reported. Members of the Mormon Church make up nearly 20 of the organization’s youth membership, and will be able to continue their membership on an individual basis.

The church’s announcement comes less than a week after the Boy Scouts announced it would be changing its name to Scouts BSA to be more inclusive for its first-ever female membership, another decision the Scouts made last year.

While the church did not specify which policies finalized the schism, the church formerly considered to leave the organization in 2015, when the Boy Scouts began allowing individual troops and councils to allow openly gay adult leaders. The Scouts also began admitting openly gay members in 2013, and transgender members last year.

Last year, the church ended its participation in the Boy Scout programs for teenagers. It plans on continuing to enroll 8-13-year-old boys in the Cub and Boy Scouts programs until Dec. 31, 2019, at which time the Mormon Church will be finalizing a new youth program to launch in 2020.

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Across Twitter, critics of both the Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts attacked each institution, claiming that the organization they supported would be better off without the other group.

Some people claiming to be Mormon expressed approval in having the church separate from the scouting group. Others argued that the Boy Scouts, having undergone several changes in the past five years to membership, no longer “exist” anyway.

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Others lambasted controversial histories of the Mormon Church, such as its opposition to same-sex marriage, and its patriarchal roots asserting dominance over Mormon women. And some pointed to the hypocrisy of the church being against certain progressive issues but approving of other regressive events.

Several supported the Boy Scouts in its future moving forward from the break—no jab at the Mormon Church in sight.

Well, almost no jab…

And few were kind of relieved that with the church leaving the organization, they could, too.

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At least, in another year and a half, they can.

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*First Published: May 9, 2018, 2:58 pm CDT