HOUSTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists expressed their "opposition to and disappointment in" the membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America but affirmed the freedom of local churches to determine their own relationships with the national Scouting organization.
The action came in a resolution drafted by the convention's Resolutions Committee and approved by messengers June 12 during the SBC's annual meeting in Houston. Southern Baptists have tracked the BSA membership controversy closely in recent months, as many churches either sponsor or are affiliated with local Scouting troops.
Steve Lemke, provost at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary who chaired the Resolutions Committee, said the committee felt compelled to address the matter.
"We think we did so in a balanced way," Lemke said.
The lengthy resolution detailed the sequence of events that led to the BSA's May 23 vote to approve new membership guidelines stating that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone." Read More