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Boy Scouts Started By Mormon Church to Welcome Gay Scouts in 2014? For Real?

January 2, 2014

The Boy Scouts of America have apparently voted by a 61% majority to allow gay scouts to openly participate in its organization, but I am suspect. The biggest sponsor of Boy Scouts is the Mormon church, and most Mormons don’t openly condone gay behavior. Apparently the nuance is not in condoning the behavior but in stating that no scout should participate in “immoral” behavior, and Boy Scouts of America isn’t going to deny membership based on the stance of stating one is homosexual. Now, if the boys start talking about sex, they may find themselves kicked out, but according to some, this new wave of so-called tolerance in Boy Scouts means that the organization is falling out of favor with biblical principles:

The biggest single sponsor of Boy Scout chapters, the Mormon Church, has stated it will accept gay Scouts so long as they are willing to honor “standards” that include “abstinence from sexual relationships.”

But others are divorcing themselves from the Boy Scouts of America, such as Troop 835 in Auburn, in the northwestern state of Washington, whose adult leadership feels homosexuality runs counter to biblical principles.

“If they announced, ‘We’re all going to start getting drunk,’ we’d still leave,” scoutmaster Jim Brass told Seattle’s KING television. “And to say we’re reverent but we’re going to go against something specifically God said, it doesn’t sit well with me.”

Positioning itself to rival the Boy Scouts is Trail Life USA, an upstart that welcomes all Christian adults and youth “who do not engage in or promote sexual immorality of any kind.”

“Trail Life is very much what families want,” Rob Green, a former Boy Scouts executive in Florida and South Carolina who now leads the new group, told the Dallas Morning News. “They just don’t know it yet.”

Some corporate sponsors of the Boy Scouts are unhappy as well, but for another reason — they regard the ongoing ban on gay adults to be discriminatory.

Earlier in December, defense and aerospace conglomerate Lockheed Martin cited “policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation” as its reason to no longer contribute to the Boy Scouts.

I don’t know if all Scouts have to pledge abstinence, or if only the gay ones do, but apparently that’s the only way to play in the Boy Scouts of America…

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