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.
The Mormon Church isn't ending its association with the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts no longer exist.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) May 9, 2018
If the even Mormon Church can now no longer stand the sight of the Boy Scouts of America after 105 yr loyalty, you know they are finished. Leftist liberalism has killed yet another great American pillar of moral society.
— Aric Cougar (@AricCougar) May 9, 2018
When you have the Mormon Church severing ties with the Boy Scouts then you know liberalism has hit a whole new lunacy. Shame on the PC police for destroying a great organization like the Boy Scouts!#WednesdayWisdom #TrumpTrain #MAGA #KAG2020 #LiberalsAreNuts pic.twitter.com/41dN4nVr2S
— I Stand with President Trump (@laura_stietz) May 9, 2018
As an Eagle Scout, it’s disheartening to watch the Boy Scouts of America self destruct. Now, the Mormon Church is leaving BSA. I don’t blame them. https://t.co/8mqWQQwdu8
— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) May 9, 2018
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.
The Mormon Church has broken ties with the Boy Scouts so they can get back to focusing on their core values of disowning gay children and treating women like baby factories.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 9, 2018
the mormon church leaving the boyscouts is probably the best thing for the boy scouts, now the boyscouts can flourish and grow as an organization and modernize with the times instead of being anti gay and misogynist
— Explorer Stomak (@solidstomak) May 9, 2018
So the Mormon church doesn't like gays ….But yet thinks Boy Scouts should only hang out with other boys alone in the woods 🤔🤔🤔🤔
— Crypto Jones (@jedel20) May 9, 2018
The Mormon Church is more offended by Liberals, LGBTQ youth and girls joining Boy Scouts than a President turning the Boy Scouts jamboree into a Nazi rally. Hmmm…2018.
— nicki 🌊 (@nickiknowsnada) May 9, 2018
I'm glad the Mormon Church is cutting its ties with Boy Scouts. It's not right to fill little boy's and girl's heads with religion.
— Posey Bardot (@BardotPosey) May 9, 2018
Several supported the Boy Scouts in its future moving forward from the break—no jab at the Mormon Church in sight.
The Mormon church cuts ties with the Boy Scouts who now allow girls to join! No jokes on this yet, just think it’s cool!
— Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) May 9, 2018
Well, almost no jab…
"Mormon church to cut ties with Scouts and start its own gospel-driven youth program after Boy Scouts begins welcoming girls to its ranks"
— Kno (@Kno) May 9, 2018
And few were kind of relieved that with the church leaving the organization, they could, too.
At least, in another year and a half, they can.