February 20, 2013

Southern Baptist Convention Reaffirms Anti-Gay Bigotry


They're afraid. They're very afraid of gay people. 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 urging to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to uphold their ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders.

The resolution includes a request for corporate America. They ask anti-gay corporate executives and chief executive officers supporting the current ban on gay kids and gay adults in scouting, to step up and make a financial contribution to the Boy Scouts organization, so they can withstand any challenges to their harmful policy.

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

That might sound great if you're gullible and believe it, though I'm here to tell you it's a bunch of  baloney.

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 phony “dismay and disappointment” toward any boy scout whether gay or straight, is beyond me. In spite of their dismay and disappointment it behooves the SBC to realize even though their church discriminates, most boy scouts do not. They take their oath seriously and try to treat everyone they encounter with respect and dignity. The Baptist church could learn more from a boy scout, than a boy scout will ever learn from their church.

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 they don't want those damn LGBT sinners in their churches or the Scouts. They add that if the ban is lifted, the Boy Scouts will “contradict” THEIR religious beliefs and violate God’s morality, which they allege guides their church. The SBC is trying to sell more sinful untruths.

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 and behavior, I can confidently say they're not.

Straight talk indeed.


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