Boy Scouts: Where Do They Stand?

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  • Boy Scouts defenders leave concerns unanswered

    by By Erin Roach, posted Monday, June 10, 2013 (4 years ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- A statement by the Association of Baptists for Scouting has urged churches to continue their involvement with Boy Scout troops without addressing cautions noted by key leaders over the BSA's acceptance of homosexuality.

    Among the concerns addressed by Southern Baptist leaders are whether churches should embrace an organization that openly opposes biblical standards for morality, whether churches will be caught up in litigation resulting from the policy change and how the Scouts will protect boys from a potential increase in sexual abuse of children.

    In an official statement of the Association of Baptists for Scouting released to Baptist Press June 6, A.J. Smith, the organization's president, set forth four points interpreting the change in the Boy Scouts' membership policy. National Scouting officials, he said, signed off on his interpretations. Read More

  • Calif. Senate: Scouts didn't go far enough

    by Staff, posted Thursday, May 30, 2013 (4 years ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- Less than a week after the Boy Scouts changed its policy to allow gay-identifying youth, the California Senate passed a law that would revoke the organization's tax-exempt status if it doesn't also allow gay leaders. Read More

  • Boy Scouts overturn ban on gay members

    by Gregory Tomlin, posted Friday, May 24, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Delegates to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Thursday (May 23) approved new membership guidelines which open the ranks of the organization to homosexual members. Young men who openly claim to be homosexual may now participate as Scouts.

    The decision, the BSA leadership said in a statement, was based on "growing input from within the Scouting family." That input led to a national review of policy, or a "comprehensive listening exercise," resulting in a resolution to remove the restriction "denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone." Read More

  • Churches to have 'hard discussion' about Scouts

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, May 24, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- With the decision Thursday (May 23) to open the Boy Scouts of America membership to homosexual youth, the 70,000 faith-based organizations, including many churches, that have championed the virtues of "duty to God" and moral straightness by sponsoring local troops must decide whether to cut ties with the Scouts or continue their association with evangelistic outreach in mind. Read More

  • Page, Land send letters opposing Scout proposal

    by Erin Roach & Michael Foust, posted Friday, May 17, 2013 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders Frank Page and Richard Land have written letters expressing strong opposition to a proposal that would leave in place the prohibition on homosexual Scout leaders but would allow youth who identify as gay to join. Read More

  • IN-DEPTH: Will the Scouts withstand pressure?

    by Warren Cole Smith/WORLD News Service, posted Friday, May 17, 2013 (4 years ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Every four years more than 40,000 Boy Scouts and their leaders hold a National Jamboree. This year they are scheduled to gather in July at the new Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. They'll pitch tents, hike, tie knots, trade patches, and raise their right hands to affirm: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout law, to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." Read More

  • 'Stand with Scouts' sets forth action plan

    by Don Beehler, posted Tuesday, May 07, 2013 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Stand with Scouts," a national simulcast by the Family Research Council, urged viewers to preserve Scouting's traditional values by opposing a policy change to allow youth who identify themselves as gay to become Scouts. Read More