OK, so I just got back from a meeting with the co-chairs for my MOPS group (that stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, for those of you not in the know). I thought the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of me being the Discusssion Group Leader for next year. Instead, it was to inform me that I do not qualify (and never will qualify) for a leadership position in MOPS. Why, you may ask?
Because I am Mormon.
Even though it is a non-denominational Christian organization and I am a Christian (the name of my church is, after all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) I apparently do not believe the right things, according to MOPS International. After an almost hour-long meeting, I am still unclear as to what I believe that goes against MOPS beliefs. Part of the problem, apparently, is that as a Mormon, I do not believe in the Trinity. I instead believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three distinct personages, not three all rolled up into one. Not sure why that would be a sticking point.....Seems a bit like splitting hairs to me, but whatever.
Also, they have a problem with the Book of Mormon, even though they admitted never having read the Book of Mormon, and I would be willing to bet that the higher ups in MOPS never have either. Apparently, according to some websites, the Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible. I love when people say things like that without ever having read the book.
In their defense, the co-chairs were extremely kind and very uncomfortable and quick to point out that it is not their decision, but that of the international organization. We have to follow their rules in order to get a charter. I understand all that and am not holding anything against any one individual, yet this is still sticking in my craw. The funny thing was, I wasn't entirely sure taking on a a leadership position was a smart move in my life right now, with all my other responsibilities. But now it's just the principle of the thing. I have never before been told I can't serve in some capacity because of my religious beliefs.
What I don't get is what they are afraid I will do as a leader. Do they think I will somehow indoctrinate people using subliminal messages and convert the entire group to Mormonism? I see images of crates of copies of the Book of Mormon being forced upon my MOPS group, while I stand on a soapbox preaching the gospel. Someone please cue some stirring hymn like "We Are All Enlisted Til the Conflict is O'er."
Right now, I am vacillating between feeling rejected and angry and seeing this as completely asinine and laughable.....