Thursday, May 30, 2013

Boy Scouts Go Gay, Church Sponsors Say 'Goodbye'

Now that the Boy Scouts of America will be embracing so-called "gay boys" as members, Christian churches across America will be dropping their sponsorship of local troops.  The downsized BSA will only be sponsored by secular civic organizations and liberal so-called "churches" who celebrate homosexual behavior between men and boys.

Although the new BSA policy only allows "gay boys," after the first lawsuit by a homosexual Eagle Scout turning age 18 who wants to be a troop leader, the BSA will be forced to go "fully gay."

UPDATE 7/28/15Demise of Boy Scouts: Male Homosexual Leaders OKd

For background, read Boy Scouts Reinforce Rules Denying Homosexual Leaders (just one year ago)

In addition, read Most Americans Say Gay Men Untrustworthy with Boys

-- From "Some Churches Say They'll Cut Ties to Boy Scouts Following Its Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts" by Christina Ng, ABC News 5/29/13

[President of the SBC executive committee, Frank] Page said that the Southern Baptist Convention [SBC] -- the largest Protestant denomination in the United States -- would be holding its national meeting in two weeks, after which it would likely recommend that its 47,000 U.S. churches pull away from the Boy Scouts of America. From there, it is up to each individual church to decide what to do, said Page.

About 70 percent of all local Boy Scout troops are supported by religious groups, according to the Boy Scouts of America, and the Southern Baptist Convention currently sponsors "hundreds of troops, probably thousands," Page said.

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Metropolitan Community Church all urged full repeal of the longtime ban [on deviant sexual behavior in scouting].

One of the first religious organizations to denounce the Boy Scout's new policy on allowing gay members was the Assemblies of God, the world's largest Pentecostal group, saying in a statement, "We believe that the BSA policy change will lead to a mass exodus from the Boy Scout program, as Assemblies of God and many other churches can no longer support groups that are part of an organization allowing members who are openly homosexual."

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From "Priest cuts ties to Boy Scouts over gay scout decision" by Heather Graf, KING-TV5 (Seattle, WA) 5/28/13

Father Derek Lappe is the priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton [Washington].

"It was a very difficult decision, it's a very sad thing, with the long legacy we have of scouting in this parish," he said.

Ultimately, Lappe says the new scouting policy just doesn't align with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church.

"My concern is this definition of a young man, a 10 to 18 year old boy as "openly gay" or "openly homosexual"," he said.  "How is that supposed to be lived out within what we believe as Catholics and what we teach about Catholics."

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From "Southeast Christian to break with Boy Scout troop" by Mark Boxley, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) 5/26/13

Tim Hester, executive pastor of Southeast Christian, said the youth organization’s consideration of that issue started the discussion that eventually led to the church’s board of elders deciding against renewing the church’s charter with Troop 212, but it wasn’t the deciding issue.

Hester said Troop 212 leaders approached Southeast Christian — which in 2011 was listed as the fourth-largest congregation in the nation in a survey by Outreach magazine — when the gay vote issue first came up.

“Truly for us it’s a logical decision,” he said. “We cannot be distracted from the mission God has called us to.”

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From "Alabama pastors ban Boy Scouts from meeting at church" by The Associated Press 5/29/13

First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker told WBRC-TV that as a pastor and a Christian, he can’t allow a group “to openly support a sinful lifestyle under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena.”

The Rev. Mike Shaw, of the First Baptist Church of Pelham and former president of the Alabama Baptist Convention, says his church will no longer sponsor Troop 404 after the policy takes place next year.

“We’re not doing it out of hatred. The teachings of the scripture are very clear on this. We’re doing it because it violates the clear teaching of scripture,” Shaw told the Birmingham News.

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From "Boy Scouts Would Abandon Own Supreme Court Victory" by Ed Whelan, National Review Online 5/13/13

. . . while the BSA’s proposed new policy would purport to leave in place its policy denying membership to adult leaders who are “open or avowed homosexuals,” it would in fact undermine the legal basis for maintaining that policy in states that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), the Supreme Court ruled that the BSA has a constitutionally protected right under the First Amendment to its existing membership policy. That victory rested heavily on the BSA’s position that (as the Court summarized it) “homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the values it seeks to instill.” The resolution, however, is conspicuously silent on whether this remains the BSA’s position.

Further, because the proposed new policy would apparently allow youth members who are “open or avowed homosexuals” to occupy leadership roles in the troop, it is difficult to see on what basis the BSA could expect to justify barring adults who are “open or avowed homosexuals” from leadership roles. . . .

But is there a significant difference between a 17-year-and-11-month old youth leader and an 18-year-old (or older) adult leader—a difference so significant that the BSA could plausibly be thought to hold, and to be advancing, a position that “homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the values it seeks to instill” when it allows “open or avowed homosexuals” to be youth leaders but not adult leaders? The BSA’s failure to address this fundamental question is telling.

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