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Southern Baptists urge Boy Scouts to continue its ban on gays

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The nation’s largest Protestant group is calling on members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to uphold a ban on gay Scouts and leaders when it votes in May.

The executive committee of the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention passed the resolution Tuesday, stating that a proposal to alter the ban 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.”

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.

About 70 percent of all Scout units are sponsored by religious denominations, including many that have supported the ban on gays. Since the proposed policy change was announced, the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention has been among the most vocal opponents.

The Tuesday resolution includes a call for like-minded corporate leaders to support the Scouts financially, “sending a strong signal to those corporations that have pressured the Scouts to capitulate to popular culture by financial coercion.”

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.

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  1. Surprised? I’m not!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:52am
  2. Jeeeesh. Real nice.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:55am
  3. Screw them. They are pains in the are arses

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:56am
  4. i dont like baptitst bunch of old fashioned bigots

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:57am
  5. That’s cool – I’ll keep on urging everyone to continue their ban on southern baptists

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:57am
  6. of course they do.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:58am
  7. The Southern Baptist INTOLERANCE, BIGOTRY AND HOMOPHOBIA group, continues their campaign of LIES, HATE AND BIGOTRY, disguised as “CHRISTian values”!! Would Jesus do what they are doing: HATRED, INTOLERANCE AND BIGOTRY??….I don’t think so!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:01pm
  8. Im a baptist its not the religouns fault these people are just extremists thats like saying all islamic people are al queda.. I personally believe that god is accepting of all his people and that saying discrimination is ok is very unchristian-like

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:01pm
  9. lol David Tim you are right too. Is anyone really surprised?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:01pm
  10. It’s the southern, what do you expect.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:06pm
  11. What a shock!!! NOT!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:10pm
  12. Being from Louisiana your choices of religions are – catholic – baptist – pentecostal – nazarene – southern baptist – those are your choices – (I know I didn’t say Jewish – people are usually born Jewish – how many converts do you know about?) – My parents bestowed a wonderful gift on me – The Freedom Of Choice to worship where I wanted.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:10pm
  13. Of course they do! who would think they would take the intelligent and forward thinking course of action?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:12pm
  14. Louisiana is the Belt Buckle of the Southern Baptist Bible Belt – We have more churches than banks (we got a lotta banks) -

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:13pm
  15. imdef not suprised at all by this hey people are entilted to how they feel and im a baptist and its not religion afflitions its the people behindd the religion

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:14pm
  16. Like are you aurpriesed. Jimmy Carter resigned from the Southern Baptist Conventio

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:19pm
  17. That group, Southern Baptists, is creepy.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:19pm
  18. Hope they are also I encouraging people to stop getting blood transplants and fathers to start selling their daughters into marriage…cuz you know the bible says so!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:21pm
  19. Jeebus must love these people a lot.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:26pm
  20. This from the SOBs that didn’t apologize for backing SLAVERY until the 1990′s (look it up). Also about this time they apologized for not backing the Civil Rights Movement. You’d think they’d let the penny drop and stop getting caught on the wrong side of humanity and history. Dipshidiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:26pm
  21. F Southern Baptists.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:31pm
  22. Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:33pm
  23. discrimination good = equlity bad GENUIS’ btw…similar arguments were used t okeep the boy scout SEGREGATED…where was the southern babtists then?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:41pm
  24. I’d urge everyone to ban Southern Baptist Churches as they are dens of bigotry and evil.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:27pm
  25. Hate won’t trump fairness.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:32pm
  26. They are such lovely people….idiots

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:01pm
  27. of course they did

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:14pm
  28. If they don’t like it then leave. The BSA is long overdue to lift its ban so if they don’t like it then the doors that away –> don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:28pm
  29. Decades ago, when I was in college, I attended a SBC “supported” school. It had the best local computer science program, and I couldn’t afford to go out of state, but we had to attend chapel at 10a.m. every Wednesday.

    15 years later, board ofthe college allowed dancing on campus. The SBC stormed the board meeting, and informed them that they would pull all Baptist funding if they allowed any more dancing. The president of the college turned to them, and said “Then I suppose we’ll have to do without your 2% of our budget.” Afterwards, a man gave them enough money to build two new complete buildings, one dedicated solely to computer science.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:20pm
  30. Surely we didn’t expect anything else
    SBC, in my opinion is a hate group.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:25pm