Churches Cut Boy Scout Ties After Gay Ban Lifted

Churches cut Boy Scout ties after the Boy Scout gay ban was lifted.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, lifting the Boy Scout gay ban has angered churches. Many longtime Boy Scout supporters are pulling their entire families from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Critics of the Boy Scouts gay ban reversal say the BSA had never discriminated against homosexual youths. The BSA membership application reportedly does not ask about sexual orientation, and the BSA has never attempted to find or remove its gay members. The Boy Scouts gay ban will still be in effect for Boy Scout leadership.

As churches cut Boy Scout ties there is a debate over where the line should be drawn. Churches sponsor about 70 percent of the 100,000 charted Boy Scout units in the United States.

Dallas Pastor Gregg Simmons says, “We’re going to have a long, hard discussion of our support for our local troop. How will they maintain ‘morally straight’? They have stripped that statement of all meaning. You’re not just teaching young men how to build campfires.”

Pastor Ben Wright will not immediately see his churches cut Boy Scout ties based upon the gay ban decision, but “progression toward acceptance of homosexual leaders would warrant another review of the relationship.” Wright also points out that “Boy Scout guidelines prohibit the promotion of social and political agendas within the organization but this resolution steps right into that” since the new Boy Scout policy uses phrases like “sexual orientation” and “sexual preference.”

As churches cut Boy Scout ties because of the Boy Scout gay ban being lifted, what do you think the BSA should do?