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Southern Baptists Vote To Sanction Boy Scouts On Gay Issue

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Southern Baptists are in the news this week following the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, Texas.

About 5,000 Southern Baptists attended this week’s annual meeting, discussing several issues of faith and policy including human trafficking, America’s prison industrial complex, and gay Boy Scouts.

And while a confirmation of a strong stance against open homosexuality within the Boy Scouts of America was expected after gay scouts were deemed finally welcome within the organization, the Southern Baptists convention softened their position against the new policy.

While Southern Baptists at the meeting overwhelmingly condemned the decision to allow gay scouts, the organization also showed signs of, if not accepting that some people are gay, at least advocating equal acceptance of people who happen to be homosexual.

Charlie Dale of Indian Springs First Baptist Church in Alabama opposed the resolution against gay scouts, and said of the decision to condemn the Boy Scouts of America for allowing all boys:

“I don’t think we should hold the Boy Scouts to a standard we would not put on our own churches. Such a boy needs our love. So let’s bring him in, show him what real Biblical manhood is about. And love him.”

NPR quotes Reuters, noting that the Boy Scouts of America stand to see a large effect from withdrawal of Southern Baptists’ support.

The news site explains:

“The Boy Scouts has deep ties to churches all over the country, with about 70 percent of the group’s more than 100,000 units chartered by faith-based organizations … Some 108,000 Boy Scouts in nearly 4,000 units are sponsored by Baptist churches, according to the Boy Scouts website.”

Some in the Southern Baptists’ caucus say doing away with scouting altogether is preferable to tolerating gay scouts, and Rev. Harold Philips of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, Maryland said the Boy Scouts had “lost their way and lost their moral compass, the Bible.”

He commented:

“I can’t imagine a parent wanting to send their children on a campout or a jamboree with older boys who say they like boys. It makes no sense at all … It’s a whole lot easier to just do away with the Scouting program.”

The resolution voted upon by Southern Baptists at the convention “encourages churches and families who choose to remain with the Scouts to work toward reversing the new membership policy.”

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23 Responses to “Southern Baptists Vote To Sanction Boy Scouts On Gay Issue”

  1. Anonymous

    Good for the Southern Baptists and any SO CALLED CHURCH that ORDAINS gay's are out of the will GOD because homosexuality is an abomination in the sight of GOD.

  2. Erik Panitelli

    Good.

    Gay scout was like a "Wtf" idea. I will never accept a man wanting to stick it in another dudes ass as "normal". It's disgusting how the gay MAFIA has to ruin everything instead of starting their own scouts.

    They are a mafia since they smear, berate, and harass ANYONE that disagress with their life style choice. Remember Chick-fil-A? Guy says he's for traditional marriage, then bam! He gets smeared, and people show up with "stop the hate" signs (even though they're the ones full of hate).

    I don't recommend anyone sending their kids to scouts anymore. Girl Scouts talk about Masturbation, Sex, and Abortions, a dn now the boys will be talking about the same things, as well as gay sex. A 10 year old shouldn't be talking about his sexual orientation anyway, but you stupid liberals will make an issue about any thing. Even if its not a problem.

    Disgusting

  3. Jermel Clark

    It clearly condemns homosexuals to death in Lev. 20:13. If the Boy Scouts is willing to place our children in danger then they should no longer receive the support of the church and should have to seek funding elsewhere like from the Gays. You wouldn't put a teenage heterosexual boy in a room full of girls. Why would you allow boys who want to have sex with other boys dwell amongst heterosexuals. I beg you to ban the BSA for the safety of our children.

  4. Garet Jaxx

    I don't recall a lot of gay's carrying hate signs during that goofy Chick-fil-A debacle. I recall a bunch of bigots making a show at their local chicken joint supporting a bigot. I also recall the CEO making a apology for his uncalled for remarks…….

  5. Cely Kazanowski

    Doen't any believe what the Bilble States? Look what happened to Sodom & Ghomora?
    What about the Abomination issue in the New Testtament?
    if god wanted to create in his image Adam & Steve he would of instead he created Adam and Eve.
    Maybe I misread the bible.

  6. Carol Lampley

    Mr. Cathey never apoligised for saying what he believes,, his remarks were very called for when he was on a christian show discussing HIS views . This is still America , at least for a short time yet . We will go soon and you can have the Godless planet you want …enjoy

  7. Lida Clemo

    So your homophobic. Adult heterosexual men talk about this stuff all the time, usually in a situation that involves besting another man in some kind of argument. There is a huge part of the pornography industry that caters to men who want to have anal sex with women. We are talking about children when you are talking about scouting, most of who aren't even close to knowing who or what they are. Kids talk about this sort of thing all the time when adults aren't around. There are plenty of conservative gay men and women. And many are Christians.

  8. Lida Clemo

    Jermel – Safe from what? You would take funding away from a good program because there will be a few gay scouts assuming they are old enough to know what their sexual orientation is? They can't dwell among us? Your bible quote was superceded by Jesus, the fulfillment of the Law and the old testament. Judge not lest ye be judged. And yes, there are instances where a teenage boy is the only one in a room full of girls.

  9. Lida Clemo

    Are any of you really Christians? Don't you read Christ's word? Do you really think that being gay is a disease you can catch? A life style? No one picks a life style that opens them up to suffering, discrimination and pain as an act of free will.
    If you read Christ's teaching, and then go looking for an exemption in the old testament, you are looking for excuses to not live up to the challenge if his words. "The bible is a fiddle that can be played to many tunes" is a very old saying that my grandmother use to quote when people did that sort of thing.

  10. Jerry Campbell

    Garet Jaxx You gays are the bigots trying to make the young boys turn to your abomination ways,The Lord JESUS will put the burden on your kind,may GOD have mercy.

  11. Anonymous

    Lida Clemo Everybody will be judged. Homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes worthy of Hell.

  12. Sarah Blackmon

    why do some Christians think that everyone needs to be the same? People are different. The human species is very diverse and I think that's beautiful. Some people are straight. Some people are gay. Some people are bisexual. Some people are asexual. Some people are cisgendered. Some people are transgender. Some people don't even identify as one specific gender. People try to put human being into one tiny box because that's how the human brain works. We put things into simple categories, but when people don't fit those categories we made our brains don't understand it. That doesn't mean that you CAN'T understand it though. People need to be educated on how complex humans really are. I think once we understand this fact, our society will be much better.

  13. Sarah Blackmon

    why do some Christians think that everyone needs to be the same? People are different. The human species is very diverse and I think that's beautiful. Some people are straight. Some people are gay. Some people are bisexual. Some people are asexual. Some people are cisgendered. Some people are transgender. Some people don't even identify as one specific gender. People try to put human being into one tiny box because that's how the human brain works. We put things into simple categories, but when people don't fit those categories we made our brains don't understand it. That doesn't mean that you CAN'T understand it though. People need to be educated on how complex humans really are. I think once we understand this fact, our society will be much better.

  14. Stephanie Pass

    It is truly amazing that people in this day and age are still like this. Why must christians pick and choose verses to follow? Why don't you follow all of the teachings of your bible? Jermel, do you follow all the other Old Testament teachings? Should raped women be condemned to death? (Deut. 22: 22-24)? How about disobedient children? (Deut 21: 18-21).

  15. Stephanie Pass

    You realize these are all stories created by men? Sodom and Gomorrah? I think a much more bothersome issue is that in this parable Lot would give his virginal daughters over to a mob to be ganged raped in order to protect a couple of angels. That isn't worrisome? Homosexuality has been happening forever. Get over it. It happens. There are gay christians. There are gay southern baptists. Y'all behave like gay people cannot control themselves. I think many of you are confusing the issue of pedophilia with homosexuality. They are not one in the same.

  16. Jermel Clark

    Look man you all don't really know about all the pain and suffering that these people cause. @Lida Clemo protect them from being raped while they sleep a favored practice amongst homosexuals. You wouldn't put a heterosexual teenage boy in a room full of sleeping girls, would you? So why would you put a boy that wants to have sex with other boys in a room full of potential victims. @ Stephanie I'll agree the old testament has some extreme things contained within it. The point I wanted to make with that is that the bible does condemn homosexuality. As for me and my house we serve God. You can do whatever you want but the first kid that gets raped I'm blaming people like you. Homosexuals are rapists and pedophiles just like heterosexual men. You know why because they're men. It's easy for women to condone homosexuals because they are not in danger and they really like seeing men that have been repeatedly raped by homosexuals commit suicide because they no longer feel safe anywhere. I've been victimized by homosexuals as a child and an adult. I wish you obdurate women the best of luck in sacrificing your children for Satan worshiping ritualized homosexual gang rape.

  17. Jermel Clark

    jeffway70 I'll tell you the truth God hates you. You'll find out just how much within the next seven days. Buckle up.

  18. Jermel Clark

    What about Andrew Cunanan? You think he was born in a vacuum. No he was created by homosexuals. He probably got tired of the repeated rapes.

  19. Dorothy Morphis

    True, but then again I believe that the people that "get it" understand the real meaning of the Bible or any Holy Book.