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Southern Baptists urge continued ban on gay Scouts



Published: Wed, February 20, 2013 @ 2:48 p.m.

Southern Baptists urge continued ban on gay Scouts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation’s largest Protestant group is calling on members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to uphold a ban on gay leaders and Scouts when it votes in May.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee passed the resolution Tuesday. It also calls on like-minded corporate leaders to support the Scouts financially. And it expresses “dismay and disappointment” at any Scout leaders who may have lobbied to remove the ban.

The Scouts announced last month that they would consider a proposal to let the sponsors of each individual troop decide whether to ban gays. The policy was supposed to be settled on Feb. 6 by the Scouts’ 70-member national executive board. Under intense pressure from both sides, the board punted the decision to the 1,400-member National Council.


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1Sumpintasay(55 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

It is un-Christian like to ban gays from living life. The Holy Bible says to love thy neighbor, it did not say to love thy neighbor unless he was gay and then you should hate him and ostracize him.
All these people who are treating homosexuals as less than human will have to sit in front of their God one day and explain to Him why they treated his children so poorly when He specifically asked them to love.

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2jeratboy(124 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Not letting gays be scout masters is not hate.

The bible says other things about homosexuality.

No one is ostracizing anyone.

I am an unmarried heterosexual and I have no business being a scout master, and neither does anyone else who is not a father of a scout. Same goes for little league and other youth activities. This does not make me sub human. I always wondered about people that wanted to get involved in youth activities when they are not a parent of one of the children.

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3ytownredux(117 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree with Toycannon, it does nothing to show that they 'hate' gays, it just shows that they are a group of prejudiced individuals who assume to speak for God and know his innermost thoughts. I wonder what makes them feel it is "wrong?" Could it be a handful of bible verses, usually taken out of context.

In that case, instead of haters they would just be elitist's who pick and choose which verses are the most relevant to them. They skip over the over verses that tells what the rest of the 'sins' are. As I see it, as long as you go to church each week and absolve yourself of your sins, then you should be more than afforded the right to live an open and loving homosexual life with your partner. Isn't that what absolves other sins, going to church?

And if that is the ONLY thing that absolves sin, shouldn't the non-church going public be banned from serving in the scouts, or marrying, etc, since i believe I was taught that sin is sin.

People against gays doing anything that the non-gays can do are just bigoted religious zealots, who would be much better served living in a commune of some sorts with their own ilk, (much as a certain pastor said of the gays, to 'fence them in together.'

I don't expect straight people to 'understand' why I am gay, if you could, you are probably gay yourself. I don't 'understand' why others are straight, it just is and I accept them for it. If it wasn't for straight people, us gays would never be born. So thank you, and keep your bigoted opinions to yourself.

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4excel(276 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

So, what would make gays gravitate toward young boys in the Boy Scouts?

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5Sumpintasay(55 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

My gay friend and his partner of 25 years have 3 sons. Being that he has sons that would be in the scouts he should be allowed to be a scout master... right?
Toycannon has it right, the " Just because they feel it is wrong ... "
Just because THEY feel it is wrong doesn't make it wrong. It is nothing more than their opinion based on THEIR religious teachings. We don't all share the same religious beliefs. I don't force mine upon everyone else and I don't think anyone has the right to force theirs.
Perhaps "hate" was too strong of a word but you have to admit that many religious groups are emphatic about being anti-gay.
Not letting gays participate in their childrens activities and not allowing them to marry the loves of their lives is ostracizing them.
Why do some people think that being gay means they would be attracted to young boys? If you are straight does that mean you are attracted to young girls? Of course not! Pedophilia is a sickness and it has nothing to do with being gay. Lots of straight people molest little girls.
If the church wants to control something then they should focus on their Royal Rangers and Missionettes. That is their version of Boy Scouts/ Girl Scouts.
My opinion is I really do think that being gay should not be a reason to not let a man be a scout leader. Gays have children too.

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