Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Southern Baptists pass resolution urging Boy Scouts of America to continue discrimination

Boy Scouting (Boy Scouts of America)
The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution urging the Boy Scouts of America's leadership not to change their policy that bans gay members.

According to the resolution:
...we call on and urge the representatives of the approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America courageously to stand strong on their moral convictions and vote to reject the proposed resolution from the national Scouting leaders, retaining the current policy of moral rectitude that has marked the Boy Scouts of America for more than one hundred years.
Since when is discrimination "courageous?"

Moreover, why is it presumed that a gay scout is any less moral than their straight peers? Are they checking to see who is having premarital sex? Furthermore, boys enter scouting as young as ten. What do they propose to do when a kid realizes a few years down the road that he is gay? The policy just makes no sense. And while we are at it, which group is less likely to molest children; Baptist youth ministers or openly gay men? If you said openly gay men you are probably correct.

Ultimately, what makes this most disturbing is the fact that a religious group presumes to have a say in the policy of a private organization. As I wrote yesterday, it looks like the Boy Scouts have to please the Baptists, the Mormons and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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