Meeting in Houston, Texas, at their annual convention, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) approved a nonbinding resolution opposing the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) recent decision to allow gay young men in scouting. The SBC claims that “homosexual conduct” is incompatible with a scout’s oath to do his duty to God.
The resolution does not require anything specific of SBC member churches, but allows each church to decide individually whether they want to continue sponsoring scout troops. It’s estimated that seventy percent of the 100,000 BSA troops are sponsored by religious organizations.
Amanda Orr and Colleen Jenkins described the implications of the anti-gay resolution for Reuters.
The Southern Baptist resolution urges churches that continue with the Boy Scouts to work toward the reversal of the new membership policy and to advocate against any change in leadership and membership that "normalizes sexual conduct outside of the Biblical standards."
The Southern Baptist Convention has more than 45,000 churches and church-type missions with nearly 16 million members nationwide, according to the group's website.
A representative from the Boy Scouts was not immediately available for comment on the resolution.
Some religious organizations have accepted the Boy Scouts' new policy. The Mormon Church, the largest sponsor of scouting troops nationwide with about 430,000 youth members, expressed its support. The United Methodist Church, the second-largest sponsor, also plans to continue its role in scouting.
The national scouting committee for the Catholic Church, the third-largest sponsor of scouting troops, has noted that the policy change on gay members does not take effect until next January, providing "adequate time to study its effects."
There’s no theological or Biblical evidence to support this resolution, just as there’s nothing written in scripture to justify the bigotry that the SBC, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and the Roman Catholic Church, continually direct toward the LGBT community.
As Katie Halper notes at Salon.com, former Southern Baptist Minister Mike Huckabee is stomping mad and attacking any groups or individuals that call out homophobic people for their homophobia. Katie writes that Huckabee is “tired of homophobes being told that their views are, well, homophobic. And he’s tired of the homosexualist attack against heterosexuals.”
In an interview Huckabee had with Penny Nance of Concerned Women of America, a right-wing extremist group, he expressed his disdain for all things homosexual. He claimed that “every fear that people had has in fact come true, that this is being forced in textbooks on how marriage is depicted, we’re now even seeing television commercials portraying same-sex couples, that’s something I guess I didn’t expect to see anytime soon.”
Katie Halper continued:
When asked if LGBT people should be allowed to marry, Huckabee shared his nuanced view that “that would be like saying, well there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?”
The good news is that the Republican Party is set to follow Huckabee’s enlightened path. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in March that, when it comes to LGBT issues, Huckabee is “a model for a lot of people in our party … I always tell people, listen to Governor Mike Huckabee … I don’t know anyone that talks about [LGBT rights] any better.”
Discrimination is unacceptable, and the SBC is advocating discrimination which is harmful to kids in scouting! Their behavior is beyond insensitive, as it’s outrageous.
We expect Huckabee to make idiotic homophobic statements, because he’s been doing that for years. Since he’s so fond of the American values that were present in the 1840’s, and he doesn’t want to see gay people on TV, he should get rid of his television.
Huckabee and the SBC are exhibiting behavior that’s incompatible with Christianity, and that’s the truth.
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