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Southern Baptists Oppose Gay Boy Scout Policy

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The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) this week officially expressed “opposition to and disappointment” with a recent Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policy change with regards to homosexual scouts.

Back in May, the BSA National Council voted to remove a ban on openly homosexual scouts, though openly gay scout leaders are still banned. The organization faced pressure to change the policy from current scouts, former scouts, and pop stars.

The SBC’s condemnation came at the organization’s 2013 Annual Meeting this week in Houston. It states that the SBC believes the new policy will “needlessly politicize human sexuality and heighten sexual tensions within the Boy Scouts.” The resolution does not explicitly prevent SBC churches from hosting Boy Scout troops. SBC leaders have called the resolution “balanced” in its approach toward the new policy.

Though the SBC’s resolution does not mandate cutting BSA ties, it does explicitly show the SBC believes the new Boy Scout policy is only a “first step” along the path to the organization accepting homosexuality. From the resolution:

RESOLVED, That we express our well-founded concern that the current executive leadership of the BSA, along with certain board members, may utilize this membership policy change as merely the first step toward future approval of homosexual leaders in the Scouts…

The resolution also encourages churches that abandon the Boy Scouts to use the Royal Ambassadors instead. The Royal Ambassadors program is a Christian-based Boy Scouts-like program for boys in grades 1 through 6. From the resolution:

RESOLVED, That we encourage churches that choose to sever ties with the Boy Scouts not to abandon their ministry to boys but consider expanding their Royal Ambassadors ministry, a distinctively Southern Baptist missions organization to develop godly young men…

The SBC is a highly conservative sect of protestant Christianity with churches found throughout the U.S., and particularly throughout the southern U.S. The organization’s “Statement of Faith” includes the opposition to what the organization calls “sexual immorality,” which includes homosexuality. The SBC, andmany other U.S. Christian organizations are large sponsors of the BSA and Boy Scout troops, and were the primary opposition to the BSA’s new policy.

RESOLVED, That we express our gratitude for the thousands of individuals within the Scouting family and the culture at large who expressed their opposition to the BSA executive leadership’s intent to change its membership and leadership policies in regard to homosexuality, leading to the compromise recommendation it presented to the BSA National Council…

Southern Baptists Oppose Gay Boy Scout Policy
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  • Obi-1

    Well that’s fitting that a group of mostly minorities condemns a minority group. Coming from a mostly African American group it doesn’t surprise the hipocrasy oozing from it. Besides isn’t it well known that many African American males are on the “down low” and hating only draws attention to your skeletons!

    • Artiewhitefox

      In mentality the Southern Baptists are not the minority. The way they think runs the gamut of the churches that make a devastating weapon out of the KJV ignoring literally the whole book. Religions act as if the 10 commandment has an extra command that says, Thou shalt condemn whoever perceived to be less than you are.

  • Artiewhitefox

    The SBC people follow the Jesus denying, sinking, sword swinging Peter. That is why the Boy Scouts under the control of the SBC looks and behaves like military personnel both being taught the same things having the same mannerisms too. The innocent faces deceve people about that fact when they are closely analyzed. People need to learn from each other. The SBC needs to stop its way of doing things to stop the military machine. Being a coward backing out will not do that. Real change needs to take place and I mean real change. All now upcspine or upper cervical health centers, good USC chiropractic. Do that nor worrying about the names the medical industry tosses around.

  • Artiewhitefox

    The SBC people follow the Jesus denying, sinking, sword swinging Peter. That is why the Boy Scouts under the control of the SBC looks and behaves like military personnel both being taught the same things having the same mannerisms too. The innocent faces deceve people about that fact when they are closely analyzed. People need to learn from each other. The SBC needs to stop its way of doing things to stop the military machine. Being a coward backing out will not do that. Real change needs to take place and I mean real change. All now upcspine or upper cervical health centers, good USC chiropractic. Do that not worrying about the names the medical industry tosses around.

  • Name

    Southern Baptists are in a fight with other baptists over the word “Southern”. That is how crazy they are. I don’t know what to make out of them. I don’t know what to make of religion in the South in general. It is very messed up, backward, and hypocritical.

    Many Southern Christians lack a fundamental understanding of compassion. They say they do, but in actuality, they don’t. After all, the South has the highest incarceration rates in the world. Just look at Georgia. Its incarceration rate is 2.5 times higher than any other state. Georgia makes a lot of money off those prisons though.

    I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. After all, it was the South, who claimed that slavery was the will of God. I highly doubt owning another human being is what God wanted, but since it made the Southerners money, it was okay.