The Boy Scouts of America are already feeling the squeeze from their recent decision to allow openly gay boys to join the organization. For years the Scouts have been under fire for not allowing gay scouts or gay scoutmasters (the scoutmaster ban wisely remains in place). The result of this policy was lawsuit after lawsuit and a number of local municipalities dropping longstanding policies that allowed the scouts to use government resources (schools, parks) free of charge.
Now that the Scouts have tried to split the baby by allowing gay scouts, they are getting hit from the other side:
Some Alabama pastors say Boy Scout troops will no longer be allowed to meet in their churches after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members.
First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker told WBRC-TV that as a pastor and a Christian, he can’t allow a group “to openly support a sinful lifestyle under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena.”
“It’s hard on a personal level to say to a troop of young boys who have done nothing wrong and to the leaders, ‘You’re not welcome here,'” Walker said, adding he planned to meet with Troop 2′s leader on Wednesday to discuss the changes and will give the troop time to find a new meeting place.
This is overreach on the part of the church. Allowing homosexuals into the Boy Scouts is no more an act of endorsing sin than allowing homosexuals to join a church — or an unmarried couple living together.
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