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  • Lutheran group severs relationship with Scouts

    December 3 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Lutheran group severs relationship with Scouts

    The second largest Lutheran denomination in America has severed its official relationship with the Boy Scouts of America based on concerns over the BSA’s decision this summer to allow openly homosexual Scout leaders. The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, a theologically conservative denomination with 2.1 million members, said ...

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  • Scouts’ vote may diminish numbers, Bapt. leaders say

    July 29 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Scouts’ vote may diminish numbers, Bapt. leaders say

    The Boy Scouts of America’s executive board has voted to lift the Scouts’ national ban on gay adult leaders and employees – a move Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said may hasten the exodus of Southern Baptists from Scouting. The BSA executive board approved the policy change by a 79-percent majority.

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  • Baptists not shocked by latest Scout vote

    July 15 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists not shocked by latest Scout vote

    The Boy Scouts Executive Committee’s approval of gay and bisexual adult leaders disappointed but did not shock Southern Baptist spokesmen – and prompted president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, to predict an even greater exodus by Baptist churches from the organization.

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  • Boy Scouts should allow gay leaders, BSA pres. says

    May 22 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boy Scouts should allow gay leaders, BSA pres. says

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should end its ban on gay adult leaders, BSA President Robert Gates said May 21, lending credence to the concern expressed in a 2013 Southern Baptist Convention resolution that opening the group’s membership to homosexual youth was “merely the first step toward future approval of homosexual adult leaders.”

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  • BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says

    March 10 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says

    Atlanta area pastor Ernest Easley said that The Walt Disney Company is playing into the hands of Boy Scouts of America by cutting donations to BSA, giving the Scouts greater public leverage to accept gay leaders. Disney in February joined a growing list of companies who have cut financial support to BSA.

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  • Boy Scouts Christian alternative launches with 500 troops

    January 2 2014 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Boy Scouts Christian alternative launches with 500 troops

    The new scouting group, Trail Life USA, which opposed the Boy Scouts of America’s policy change last May that permitted gay Boy Scouts – but not gay adult leaders – launched on Jan. 1 as a Christian alternative to the BSA.

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  • Scouts' new leader: ex-defense chief Gates

    November 27 2013 by Warren Cole Smith, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Scouts' new leader: ex-defense chief Gates

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates became the president-elect of the Boy Scouts of America Oct. 30. Gates has had a long association with Scouting and had been slated for a BSA leadership role.

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  • EC not endorsing Scout-type civic group

    September 18 2013 by Art Toalston & Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    EC not endorsing Scout-type civic group

    Less than three weeks after the Boy Scouts voted to permit openly homosexual youth as members, a messenger to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) moved that an alternative organization be sought.

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  • Calvary Baptist to cut ties with Scouts

    August 27 2013 by BR staff | with 0 comments

    After nearly 60 years of sponsoring a Boy Scout troop, Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem has decided to end its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Pastor Rob Peters made the announcement to the church Aug. 25. 

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  • Opponents to Boy Scouts policy to launch alternative

    July 10 2013 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    A fledgling organization that opposed the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to accept openly gay Scouts announced July 9 it will launch an alternative group with a Christian worldview.

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  • Timeline: Boy Scouts & Southern Baptists

    June 13 2013 by John Evans, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Spurred by the decision of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to admit openly homosexual youth as Scouts, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) passed a resolution on the matter June 12 during its annual meeting in Houston.

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  • Boy Scout resolution adopted by SBC

    June 13 2013 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boy Scout resolution adopted by SBC

    Southern Baptists expressed their “opposition to and disappointment in” the membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) but affirmed the freedom of local churches to determine their own relationships with the national Scouting organization.

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  • Boy Scouts defenders leave concerns unanswered

    June 11 2013 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boy Scouts defenders leave concerns unanswered

    A statement by the Association of Baptists for Scouting has urged churches to continue their involvement with Boy Scout troops without addressing cautions noted by key leaders over the BSA’s acceptance of homosexuality.

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  • Boy Scouts decision stirs Baptist churches to consider options

    June 3 2013 by BR, Southern Baptist TEXAN and Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Boy Scouts decision stirs Baptist churches to consider options

    Some North Carolina Baptist churches plan to announce in the coming weeks how they will handle the new membership policy that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approved May 23.

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  • Churches to have ‘hard discussion’ about Scouts

    May 28 2013 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Churches to have ‘hard discussion’ about Scouts

    With the decision May 23 to open the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) membership to homosexual youth, the 70,000 faith-based organizations, including many churches, that have championed the virtues of “duty to God” and moral straightness by sponsoring local troops must decide whether to cut ties with the Scouts or continue their association with evangelistic outreach in mind.

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