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Southern Baptists officially oppose Boy Scouts’ policy to accept gay youth

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

HOUSTON — The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s new policy allowing gay Scouts, though it doesn’t explicitly call for churches to drop all ties with the organization.

While some action against the Scouts was widely anticipated, given the denomination’s very public opposition to the change, the resolution takes a softer tone than many had expected.

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Rev. Fred Luter Jr. points upward after being re-elected as the Southern Baptist Convention’s president during the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Houston on Tuesday.

It also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor troops. It passed overwhelmingly, but not unanimously, by the nation’s largest Protestant denomination at its annual meeting in Houston.

Before the vote, Charlie Dale, pastor of Indian Springs First Baptist Church in Pelham, Ala. said the resolution “is not going to help the cause of Christ.”

Of boys who say they are gay, he said , “Let’s bring them in, show them what real biblical manhood is about and love them.”

Some delegates to the convention tried to toughen the language of the resolution. Paul Taylor, of First Baptist Church in Mauriceville, Texas, successfully proposed an amendment to strike language about churches and families that chose not to drop ties with the Boy Scouts.

“That seems like we are going on record encouraging a relationship with Scout troops that have homosexual members,” he said.

But a few minutes later, similar language was put back in the resolution when the convention passed an amendment by David Uth, of First Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla. His amendment encouraged those churches that continue to sponsor Boy Scout troops to “seek to impact as many boys as possible with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“We’re not trying to bring condemnation or Hell fire on scouting or their leadership, though we sort of hope they get new leaders or leaders that change their minds,” said Steve Lemke, chair of the committee on resolutions.

“I think this resolution was a resolution of kindness, to say the churches that choose to continue with the scouting ministry should do so with an emphasis on sharing the gospel,” said David Dykes, a pastor from Tyler, Texas. “As a pastor I appreciate that the convention does not tell churches what we should do.”

In all, about 70 percent of the 116,000 Scout units in the United States are sponsored by religious organizations. Many of those groups have decided to continue sponsoring troops. Among them is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors more Scout units than any other organization, serving about 430,000 boys.

The second-largest Scouting denomination, the United Methodist Church, was quick to respond to the SBC’s move: Methodist Director of Scouting Ministries Larry Coppock said its congregations would welcome any troops currently sponsored by So uthern Baptist churches.

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  1. And this surprise who?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:41am
  2. let them oppose it they are going to lose sooner or later

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:41am
  3. Duh

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:42am
  4. What I’m shocked!! Really?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:42am
  5. good chritian values HATE DISCRIMINATION HARM INNOCENT BOYS…well done in the name of reoigion

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:43am
  6. Then I Oppose their religious views…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:43am
  7. Yep! Pretty much…. Duh!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:44am
  8. they actually had to have a convention and pass a resolution on this…really? Spread love not hate – that is what a religion is suppose to do.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:45am
  9. Christians hating on gays? Not new. Still disappointing.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:45am
  10. lo,,,some one forgot to tell them this is america, we have no state faith, but people free to worship as they may, and by forcing there ways is a insult to the first adment

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:46am
  11. Send them back to the cotton fields

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:47am
  12. Who cares?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:47am
  13. and why does anyone care what they think?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:48am
  14. Though they keep procreating and making new gay youth…hmmm…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:49am
  15. How novel is that

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:51am
  16. I actually found this a little goofy. xD

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:51am
  17. Southern Baptists are almost always ridiculous, hateful pricks. They can rant as we equalize fifty states.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:55am
  18. Southern Baptist Convention: Making Ourselves Irrelevant in the 21st Century.

    Ha ha ha!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:56am
  19. WHY am I not surprised? The biggest assholes in the Christian religion are against it…what a shock.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:56am
  20. These people are NOT Christians, they are hateful Homophobes hidden behind a religion and Using God to excuse their bigotry. Glad their numbers are declining, more and more people aren’t buying their discriminatory BS.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:56am
  21. Fuck em’ !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:57am
  22. WHAT???? NO WAY!!! :p

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:58am
  23. This is news? Those people are insane. All that’s missing is a snake.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 9:59am
  24. Christians voting to continue throwing stones and condemning people? Punish others and children they have judged? Quite Surreal really.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:09am
  25. I am sorry that the SOUTHERN BAPTIST IS FULL OF HATE. I grew uo Southern Baptist but I was taught to love all no matter their beliefs. I wasnt put here to disciple to others, I was put here to do good in the eyes of God! And btw I am gay.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:10am
  26. Asses !!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:11am
  27. pray all you want were not going back in the closet!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:15am
  28. I was just thinking, “In other news, water still wet, sky corresponds to varying shades of cerulean.”

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:15am
  29. I have had my fill of homphobic jack ass why do you care if a person is gay or not when you doing far more simptons ass

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:18am
  30. Well what could one expect? This gay guy officially opposes those whom forget what Jesus preached. Any way he created me in HIS (Gods) Image & likeness. I was born a gay boy as HE meant me to be.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:21am
  31. Not very christ like are they.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:23am
  32. Live in the past, then, Southern Baptists.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:27am
  33. Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:27am
  34. I hereby officially oppose the southern baptist convention!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:31am
  35. Well, I am sure it’s because they are so incredibly Christian! Go figure! No surprise here.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:32am
  36. LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:39am
  37. yeah yeah…who cares what these backwards ignorants think?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:42am
  38. how very christian of them

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:00am
  39. Exactly!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:14am
  40. Who cares what they think? And how arrogant they are to think anyone really cares, or that they have the power to do anything about it.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:16am
  41. One of the problems is some LGBT youth have to be subjected to and brought up in this hateful religion. These are probably the youth we hear about that commit suicide. Please help protect our LGBT youth.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:17am
  42. You realize you can’t just elect a black guy for EVERYTHING, and then hope that people will buy into your notions, right?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:23am
  43. Their narrow-minded, biblical view of life belongs in the Stone Age!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:24am
  44. And the Southern Baptists have the right to protest something another organization does based on what????? Oh yea arrogant self righteousness … I almost forgot since their not relevant to my society or my life …

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:24am
  45. Do we really care what a bunch if big it’s think? No! Moving on….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:27am
  46. you know I realized it’s the Russians parts of Africa and the south part of America like Texas or Tennessee who hate us the most

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:28am
  47. Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:33am
  48. Who gives a crap what they think. Like I’m inviting them to a campfire.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:42am
  49. And this is why I don’t shove my beliefs or my religion down people’s throats, I just express what I feel and move on.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:52am
  50. they just refuse to recognize anyone different from them, including gays & lesbians, perhaps they should change th name to Baptist Boy Scouts

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:57am
  51. Apparently these fools think they run the world – they sure don’t speak for all of us….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:19pm
  52. such a surprise.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:46pm
  53. News flash “Southern Baptist oppose anything that involves EVOLVING”

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:13pm
  54. And, they have the gall to call us perverts! True Christianity is all about inclusion. By practicing, exclusion, they pervert the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:16pm
  55. Haven’t they been opposing gays at every turn… Sounds lik ethey just want more media attention by making it “official”…. Media whores!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:38pm
  56. Let me take this opportunity to say f@ck You Southern Baptists, I don’t support your decision to not support that decision. I would be happier with you if you didn’t support their decision to exclude gay adults from being involved in scouts. I would rather have my role models out in the open than hiding behind a closet door just to make themselves acceptable.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:47pm
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    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:49pm
  58. BFD

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2:11pm
  59. the sound of no one caring. babtist as a whole are just pathetic

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2:16pm
  60. really?! these are the same people that hold their national convention in New Orleans every year! The city of SIN!! Idiots!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 2:32pm
  61. Yawn.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5:01pm
  62. See ya, SBC! Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5:01pm
  63. Of course. They also oppose women in the pulpit, gays in leadership, and not so many years ago, interracial marriage and allowing blacks to be members of white churches. That is why the SBC is shrinking instead of growing.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5:36pm
  64. of course they would oppose it, probly opposed bi racial marriage in the 50′s womens rights especially the right to vote, wonder how many of them have white sheets in the closet

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5:52pm
  65. good!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:24pm
  66. Southern Baptist are just in the South lol they are all over people!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:26pm