From: Jim Harold, Ward Scoutmaster
Subject: Gay Deconversion Merit Badge
The experience of same-sex attraction continues to be a complex issue for the LDS Church. However, when the Boy Scouts of America recently changed their policy to include openly gay scouts, church authorities not only approved, they also sensed an opportunity. The creation of the Gay Deconversion Merit Badge!
Requirements for the badge are still in the planning stage, but are expected to include the following:
- Befriend a boy who's converted to gay and invite him to join your local scout troop.
- Kindly and with compassion, help the gay convert realize the depth of his shame.
- Compose a 1,000 word essay entitled, "Why Our Heavenly Father Would Never Do That To Anyone."
Additional requirements will most likely be the acquisition of some legal, social, and technical skills that may also be applied toward earning the "Crime Prevention," "Disability Awareness," and "Electricity" Merit Badges.
Also in the planning stage is a badge logo. Suggestions are welcome. In the meantime, be on the lookout for some converted gay boys!
If you would like to stop receiving these emails, the A-4 scout troup will soon be over to deconvert you.
Also leave your suggestions for the Gay Deconversion Merit Badge requirements and logo in the comment field!