As expected, the fallout has begun in the aftermath of the Boy Scouts of America vote to end its ban on openly gay Scouts. Many of the churches that promised to cut ties with the Scouts are starting to follow through.
The Southern Baptist Convention will be holding its national meeting in two weeks, and is likely to recommend that its 47,000 churches withdraw support from their local Boy Scout troops.
“I think I can say with pretty strong accuracy that the vast majority of Southern Baptists are very disappointed in the latest change in policy… deeply disappointed,” said Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, according to ABC News.
If that is the case, the Boy Scouts could find themselves with a shortage of funds as well as meeting places. Pastor Greg Walker of the First Baptist Church in Helena, Alabama decided to forbid Boy Scout troops to meet at the church as they previously have.
Indeed, the Southeast Christian Church of Louisville, Kentucky, with over 30,000 members, decided to sever ties with the BSA even before the vote. Tim Hester, the executive pastor, said that while the vote was not the deciding issue, it was a factor. He noted the church’s dissatisfaction with the direction of the BSA.
“We want everyone, including ourselves, to live by biblical standards,” Hester said.
While it’s refreshing that the churches are standing up for their beliefs and refusing to cave to social pressure as the BSA did, it’s sad that they’ve been driven to these decisions in the first place. I suppose the BSA could always hope gay rights groups will fill the funding and meeting-space void…except their activists are still angry about the ban on gay Scoutmasters. It looks like, in trying to please everyone, the BSA has ended up pleasing no one.