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-Baptists Leaving the Boy Scouts?

by Dr. D ~ June 4th, 2013

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The fallout for including homosexuals as members in the Boy Scouts is already happening. Several Baptist congregations have declared that they are discontinuing their relationship and support of Boy Scout troops.

Now comes the word that at their next conference in June, the Southern Baptist Convention will vote on a resolution to encourage their congregations to ‘disaffiliate’ with the scouts. Here’s a comment about this from Richard Land (of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission):

“There’s a 100% chance that there will be a resolution about disaffiliation at the convention and a 100% chance that 99% of people will vote for it.”

“Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse.”

It should be noted that the Southern Baptist Convention is made up of independent congregations that will need to decide for themselves whether to continue with the Boy Scouts or not. Some are already leaving and a conference resolution would undoubtedly influence many more of the Baptist churches that are currently sponsoring  nearly 4,000 Scout units to reconsider their relationship with the Boy Scouts.

Response: This is just the beginning and the Baptists are a major ‘bell weather’ and indication of how many other evangelical churches and denominations may end up responding to the changes in the Boy Scout policy. We will keep a watch on this story and issue and come back with any substantial updates.            *Top

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1 Response to -Baptists Leaving the Boy Scouts?

  1. Brian

    I submit that what needs to happen is the Southern Baptists, other evangelicals, conservative Protestants, conservative Catholics, etc. need to get together to form a new umbrella organization, which will be more overtly religious than the original Boy Scouts (thus hopefully insulating itself from the secular pressure that is destroying the traditional Boy Scouts). The problem individual Southern Baptist Churches will have with pulling out of Boy Scouts is that, as independent congregations, they will lack the resources to offer realistic alternatives to their youth. By cooperation with other Baptists (and other conservative Christians), they can offer activities, camp opportunities, etc. that would rival those offered by the original Boy Scouts.

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