February 20, 2013

The Southern Baptist Convention Reaffirms Their Anti-gay Bigotry


SBC Asks The Boy Scouts of America To Continue Their Discriminatory Ways

The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) passed a resolution today to lobby the Boy Scouts of America to uphold their ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders.

The resolution includes a request that anti-gay corporate CEO’s supporting discrimination against the LGBT community, and the ban on gay scouts, step forward and make a financial contribution to the Boy Scouts of America organization.

In the Associated Press story written by Travis Loller, he notes that 70% of all the Boy Scout troops are sponsored by religious organizations, and the Southern Baptist Convention is one of the most vocal opponents of lifting the discriminatory ban.

The Southern Baptist Convention claims that the new policy would “place the Boy Scouts organization at odds with a consistent biblical worldview on matters of human sexuality, making it an organization that would no longer complement, but rather contradict, our belief in God and His moral precepts that serve as the basis for our Christian faith.”

Loller writes:

The Scouts announced last month that they would consider a proposal to let the sponsor of each individual troop decide its own policy on gays.
And the resolution expresses "dismay and disappointment" at any Scout leaders who may have lobbied to remove the ban.
Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith responded to the resolution by email, stating, "We recognize, deeply respect and appreciate the sincere religious beliefs held by our members and chartered organizations.
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, which meets the week of May 20.
The National Council includes regional presidents and representatives of the Scout's 290 local councils, and is more reflective of the organization's base than its executive board, which includes high-powered business executives and civic leaders.
Why the SBC has to express fake "dismay and disappointment" toward any boy scout is beyond me. In spite of their dismay and disappointment it behooves SBC to realize that even though the Baptist church discriminates, most boy scouts do not. They take their oath seriously and try to treat everyone they encounter with respect and dignity, and the Baptist church could learn something from the Boy Scouts.

SBC says that lifting a ban on gay scouts is inconsistent with their jaundiced view that only heterosexual individuals are welcome in their church, and LGBT sinners aren’t welcome. They add that if the ban is lifted, the Boy Scouts would “contradict” their religious beliefs and violate God’s morality - which allegedly guides the Baptist church. 


Someone should tell the Southern Baptist Convention to discard their bigotry and prejudice, and embrace the teachings of Christ. They claim to be a religion, though based on their actions I surmise that they're not.




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