According to a news report on Yahoo —
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the country’s largest and oldest youth organizations, decided on Thursday to break 103 years of tradition by allowing openly gay members into its ranks.
The controversial move was approved by more than 60 percent of the approximate 1,400 votes cast by the BSA’s national council. According to the new resolution, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”
I’m not interested in the related question re gay scoutmasters. Rather, the vote relates solely to whether a gay kid should be able to join the Boy Scouts.
Now, this story was followed by this one —
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.
The Rev. Mike Shaw, of the First Baptist Church of Pelham and former president of the Alabama Baptist Convention, says his church will no longer sponsor Troop 404 after the policy takes place next year.
“We’re not doing it out of hatred. The teachings of the scripture are very clear on this. We’re doing it because it violates the clear teaching of scripture,” Shaw told the Birmingham News.
The Rev. Harry Reeder II, of the Briarwood Presbyterian Church, said church elders will have to decide on whether Troop 254 will continue being allowed to meet at the church.
In Churches of Christ, it was once customary to refuse to allow the building to be used by any organization not tied to the Churches of Christ. But lately, even very conservative Churches have begun to open their buildings to all sorts of community groups — and Boy Scouts, I’m sure, are very commonly hosted in Church of Christ facilities.
What should their decision be regarding hosting a Boy Scout troop in a church building?