It got me thinking about what kind of role models and scout leaders I want for my sons. What kind of values do I want to transmit to them and who will fulfill that need?
The values I want them to reflect include:
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Respect toward women and children
The sanctity of human life
Fulfilling priesthood duties
That list is hardly comprehensive, but it's what comes to mind tonight.
What kind of man can I think of that would make a good role model or scout leader for my sons?
Ideally, he would be...
Straight and LDS
Married in the temple
Respectful of his own wife and children
Able to speak well of his own parents
Attending church weekly
100% faithful to his marriage (that's probably one I'll have to guess on)
Fulfilling callings in the church
I don't see it as bigotry to select role models that have the same values as myself, nor would I be comfortable letting my sons spend a substantial amount of time with someone of differing values.
Openly gay man as my sons' scout leader? Not if I can avoid it. There are higher aspirations in life.