The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Scouting is now a bit gay

I have no problem with gays and lesbians in Scouting.

New Zealand Scouts have welcomed a decision by Boy Scouts of America to end a 37-year ban on gay adult leaders.

Scouts NZ chief executive Niamh Lawless said the NZ body had always been “an open, inclusive organisation”.

“We have openly gay leaders and openly gay youth, and they feel really included in the movement,” she said. “We are very pleased to see that Boy Scouts of America has made this decision.”

The American body’s 80-member national executive board made the decision on Monday, two years after a 2013 conference at which about 60 per cent of 1400 delegates voted to end the ban on gay leaders, which was imposed in 1978.   Read more »

Mormons on same sex relationships

Maybe Mormons aren’t so fundy after all:

Church apostle Elder Quentin L. Cook stresses that Latter-day Saints, who devote their lives to following Jesus Christ’s teachings, should be an example to the world of expressing love and hope for those with same-gender attraction.

“As a church, nobody should be more loving and compassionate,” Elder Cook said. “Let us be at the forefront in terms of expressing love, compassion and outreach. Let’s not have families exclude or be disrespectful of those who choose a different lifestyle as a result of their feelings about their own gender.”

Is Rick Right? Ctd

Rick Santorum has lots of views, some controversial others not so much. We have been looking at these over the past few days.

On reminding America that some view Mormonism as “a dangerous cult”. This is of course a direct attack on Mitt Romney who is a Mormon.

“Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?” (Santorum’s Philadelphia Inquirer column, Dec. 20, 2007)

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