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Long a bone of contention to the nation's homosexual rights movement, the Boy Scouts of America is now considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members. The organization may now leave such membership and leadership decisions up to local sponsors. Continue Reading

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  1. Annette
    1 year ago

    May 23rd of 2013 was a very sad day for my husband and kids. On that day the BSA lifted the Gay ban. We will no longer be a part of Boy Scouts as a result because it goes against the scout oath. I wonder what the Pope has to say about this :(

  2. robert matzinger
    1 year ago

    I never thought I'd see the day where we would even think of sending our small boys to an organization (Boy Scouts) to where their leader (Scout Leader) would be openly homosexual.

    And I wonder how many will do this?

  3. abey
    1 year ago

    They are forced as the Bible says to "Turn the truth of God into a lie" If one is to say that gay & gay relation whatsoever is not a sin(fooling themselves) then let them answer as to why God destroyed utterly Sodom the Gomorrah like nothing else, after the flood, ashes unto this day for unto God there is nothing known as Civil or Religious view The Bible says God sees the end from the beginning , which He sees today to know that if He has destroyed it then, then He will destroy it now, which is to the Prophecy, against Babylon to its ways, for God does not change, clearly a time to take sides, leaving aside delusional compassion, as stated -Sin waits at the door step to be taken. Jesus did not come to change the Will of God but the wishes of man for all he did was to buy us time, to the Prophecy of St.Paul " First must come the falling away & then that which restrains sin be removed( to the Complacency) & the man of sin be revealed to meaning sin being exposed before God -like unto Sodom unto the days of Noe, stated by Jesus himself. If the history of Israel has not taught man then nothing will.

  4. Tom
    1 year ago

    The most important part of the proposed change is that it puts the charter organizations (the churches and schools) open to the lawsuits for discrimination. What parish can take on that type of risk? The BSA has already won the right to stick to their original charter. It seems as though a few board members who represent large corporations are trying to score cheap political points. Leave the board. The BSA is supposed to teach our boys to be men who fight for what is right. Clearly new leadership is needed. Pray for the BSA!!!!!

  5. Robert Burford
    1 year ago

    I was never a boy scout. However, there is an agenda here that people miss. It is not a sin to be a homosexual no more than it is to be a hetero sexual. Sin comes in relationships and in not doing the will of God. Anyone in a homosexual or hetero sexual relationship without Holy Matrimony between a man and woman(husband and wife) are not doing the will of God.The above Churches are compromising the will of God. Those churches that allow and condone such behavior are doing the work of the devil. That is how the devil works. He uses compromise.Same on those churches. This is the agenda most people miss.

  6. Brian Habing
    1 year ago

    "A Scout is reverent, he is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion."

    The current policy forces some troops hosted by churches to deny membership and leadership opportunities to people (including some pastors and bishops) who apparently satisfy being "morally straight" according to their denomination. Examples include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ whose churches are homes to over 7,000 troops, packs, and crews and all four of which have Scouting Religious Emblems.

    The proposed policy would respect the beliefs of those denominations. It also would not force denominations disagreeing with that view to admit such members. In regards to arguments about forcing such troops to interact with those they don't approve of, they already do so unless they ban their troops from attending the World Scout Jamboree or any event open to the general public.

    I do not see how favoring the old policy over the new one could in any way be described as reverent.

  7. MICHAEL S
    1 year ago

    I was a Boy Scout and have for years donated to the BSA. If they change their stance on this issue I will have to stop my donations. I cannot support any organinzation that has policies against my belifes and principles. I am sorry to hear that they are considering giving in on this MOST impportant issue. They've always stood for uprightness and for developing boys to become good men. This changes everything about that praiseworthy aspect of the BSA.

  8. Daniel
    1 year ago

    Why are the Boy Scouts caving on in this issue now? This is what I wished the article addressed.

  9. Rush Glick
    1 year ago

    After the Boy Scouts, other cherished institutions will soon follow suit as we relentlessly march ever more blindly toward the abyss. Onward enlightened ones...

  10. Concerned Mom
    1 year ago

    How can Deron Smith say that BSA will continue to view "Duty to God" as one of its basic principles when they are now considering allowing a group of persons (adult or child) who engage in a lifestyle that is an abomination in God's eyes to have access to our children? God commanded us to love our neighbor, and we must, but that doesn't mean we also have to accept their lifestyle if it is an affront to God's teaching. At this point I am ready to take my son out of the Boy Scouts. I have already sent my complaint to BSA headquarters.


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