Update: Are Southern Baptists in Town to Break up with the Boy Scouts?

Categories: Religion, Texas


The Boy Scouts of America responded to our request for a comment with a written explanation on their stance on the issue from Deron Smith, public relations director for Boy Scouts of America:

"We respect the deeply held religious beliefs of all of our members. We're finding that when people read the new policy they see it is reflective of the beliefs of most of Scouting's major religious chartered organizations. This policy reaffirms that doing ones 'duty to God' is absolutely explicit and one of the fundamental principles of Scouting and states that sexual conduct by any Scout, heterosexual or homosexual, is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. Further, it states that while no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of stating their sexual orientation alone, Scouting expects appropriate behavior from all members. We are unaware of any that believe a youth member simply stating he or she is attracted to the same sex, but not engaging in sexual activity, should make him or her unwelcome in their congregation. While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting."

To sum it up, none of the scouts should be having sex, no matter their sexual orientation, and those in the organization believe that being a scout is good for all kids, again, no matter their sexual orientation, according to Smith. So that's why they changed the policy.

Still haven't heard back from the Southern Baptist Convention, but hopefully we'll hear from them soon, fingers crossed.
Original Entry:

Breaking up is hard to do. There are all kinds of songs about it. But sometimes it's got to be done, and it looks like the Boy Scouts of America and the Southern Baptists may have to admit to each other that their relationship just isn't working.

A couple of weeks ago, the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow openly gay boys to join the ranks of the Boy Scouts' troops. Adult gay scout leaders are still banned, but boys who want to learn the ways of the Scouts would finally be able to be members of troops, no matter their sexual orientation.

In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America vote, it was predicted that churches would split from the organization quicker than Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor after their second marriage (or that Kardashian chick and the giant basketball player she married for like two seconds, if you're hungry for a more current reference). Well, a few churches have announced an end to their association with the Scouts -- officials of conservative churches in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia have said that they won't allow the Boy Scouts to use their facilities for meetings anymore -- but everyone is waiting to see what the big guys are going to do. Yep, we're talking about the Southern Baptists of America, the Associated Press reports.

Of course, Gov. Rick Perry jumped right in to take a firm stance against the decision, stating that he was "greatly disappointed with the decision." This statement coming right after he had the nerve (or whatever you call what it was he had to allow him to say this) to equate opposing allowing the ban on gay youths to end with being against slavery. (Yes, we got a nice big welt on our forehead from banging our head on the desk in absolute frustration after reading that little bit of "wisdom" from the head honcho in Austin.)

Considering that barring a kid from joining the Boy Scouts for any reason seems like the kind of cruelty that we so often say only children are capable of, it shouldn't be surprising how eager the grown-ups have been to get on the bandwagon. Some churches have already parted ways with the Boy Scouts over the end of this century-old ban, Reuters reported. Not to be outdone, leaders of the Southern Baptists said they expect to issue a resolution against the move when they hold the Southern Baptist Convention this week. Which, coincidentally, is going to be held in Houston.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

I am so proud of the Boy Scout's decision! 

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault