A Cub Scout pack outside of Charlotte, NC was seeking leaders to supervise the kids. The pack, located at a Presbyterian congregation, asked parents of troop members to volunteer to serve. Well, Jeremy and Jodi Stokes, who had two sons in the troop, decided to offer their services.

circa 1950:  Mrs Harrison Davis, wife of Reverend Harrison Davis of the First Methodist Church of New Rochelle, New York, contributes a flag to a cub scout UN project.  (Photo by Al Barry/Three Lions/Getty Images)

On the application form provided by the pack, the organization, the couple stated that that they belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For a few weeks, they were permitted to be pack leaders. Then,a few weeks later, a sharp-eyed member of the church saw their religion, and the church told the parents that their services were no longer needed.

According to an e-mail provided by a spokesperson for the church, it took action to ‘assure that our parameters for leaders are clearly defined and well-communicated to volunteers…’ The e-mail also included a link that differentiated Mormons from more typical Christian groups on matters of doctrine.

According to the Executive Director of the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the local program acted within its rights to reject the parents. He listed another example of a troop which only permits home-schooled children and their parents. He said in this example, if a boy were home-schooled for a number of years and was a member of the troop, and then his parents decided to send him to school, the boy will be evicted from the troop.

The family has decided to join a program located within their own Mormon church. They said that this choice had initially been rejected by them because it didn’t offer a Tiger pack, which serves boys who are 6 years old, the age of their younger son. However, since Jeremy offered to become a leader in this program, the Mormon troop permitted their son to join.

When I was young, many, many eons ago, I belonged to a Cub Scout pack and then a Boy Scout troop located in our religious school. I’m unsure if the same policies were in effect then and not enforced, but I know that some of the members were not of that religion. But times change, I guess.

As far as political implications, in 2012, Mitt Romney is the front-runner among Republican presidential candidates, especially those who are in the mainstream. In 2008, as we remember, Mike Huckabee fought a campaign against Romney that criticized his church’s beliefs. We saw then how useful this approach was throughout the South, the core of the Republican Party. It will be interesting to see, in two years, if it remains an effective tactic.