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May 31st, 2013
04:19 PM ET

Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scouts

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - For Southern Baptist pastor Tim Reed, it was Scripture versus the Scouts.

“God’s word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin,” said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

So when the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its ban on openly gay youths on May 24, Reed said the church had no choice but to cut its charter with Troop 542.

“It’s not a hate thing here,” Reed told CNN affiliate Fox 16. “It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.”

Southern Baptist leaders say Reed is not alone.

Baptist churches sponsor nearly 4,000 Scout units representing more than 100,000 youths, according to the Boy Scouts of America.

That number could drop precipitously.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders.

The denomination will vote on nonbinding but influential resolutions during a convention June 11-12 in Houston.

“There’s a 100% chance that there will be a resolution about disaffiliation at the convention,” said Richard Land, the outgoing head of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, “and a 100% chance that 99% of people will vote for it.”

“Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse,” Land continued.

Roger “Sing” Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, emphasized that local congregations make their own decision on the Scouts.

But he, too, said he expects Baptist delegates, which the church calls “messengers,” to voice their disagreement with the BSA's decision to allow gay youths.

“With this policy change, the Boy Scouts’ values are contradictory to the basic values of our local churches,” Oldham said.

Several religious groups with strong Scouting ties support the new policy.

“We have heard from both those who support the amended policy and those who would have preferred it would not have changed,” said BSA spokesman Deron Smith.

Faith-based organizations charter more than 70% of Scout chapters, providing meeting space and leadership, according to the BSA.

“There have been some organizations that have decided not to renew their charters with Scouting," said Smith, "but we can’t quantify the impact of the amended policy."

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors more Scout units than any other faith, all endorsed the change.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which is run with oversight from a bishop, said Thursday that allowing gay youths in the Scouts does not conflict with church teaching. Each bishop will decide whether or not to allow churches in his diocese to charter Scout units, the committee added.

“We ask that Catholic Scouters and chartered organization heads not rush to judgment,” said Edward Martin, chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

But the Rev. Derek Lappe, pastor of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton, Washington, has already made up his mind.

“I do not feel that it is possible for us to live out, and to teach, the authentic truth about human sexuality within the confines of the Boy Scout’s new policy,” said Lappe.

The priest told CNN affiliate FOX16 that his parish will part ways with the Scouts and develop its own programs.

There may soon be an alternative to the Scouts for social conservatives like Lappe.

John Stemberger, founder of On My Honor, a group that opposed the Scouts’ change in policy, plans to convene conservatives in Louisville, Kentucky, in June to consider forming a new Scout-like group, which could be up and running by the end of 2013.

“Churches and Scoutmasters are looking for leadership and direction,” said Stemberg, an attorney in Orlando, Florida.

A number of conservative religious denominations already sponsor their own groups.

For instance, the Southern Baptists have the Royal Ambassadors, an explicitly Christian program founded in 1908 for boys in first through sixth grade. (A similar group called Challengers equips older boys in “mission education.”)

The name comes from the New Testament, in which the Apostle Paul tells Christians to be “ambassadors for Christ.”

The estimated 31,000 Royal Ambassadors pledge “ to become a well-informed, responsible follower of Christ; to have a Christlike concern for all people; to learn how to carry the message of Christ around the world; to work with others in sharing Christ; and to keep myself clean and healthy in mind and body."

While not as outdoorsy as the Boy Scouts, Ambassadors do camp and play sports, said Land, who was a member of the group during the 1950s. But instead of merit badges for archery and bird study, young Ambassadors earn patches for memorizing Bible verses and mission work.

Southern Baptists said they are preparing for a surge of interest in the Royal Ambassadors at their upcoming convention in Houston.

“We really have an opportunity here to strengthen our RA programs,” the Rev. Ernest Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, said in a sermon last Sunday, “and to get the boys in a program where they’re going to be protected, where there’s a high moral standard and where they will have an opportunity to learn about camping, missions, evangelism in the local church.”

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Church • Gay rights • gender issues • Politics • United States

soundoff (10,821 Responses)
  1. Robin Hunts

    Maybe we can pray away the Southern Baptists.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  2. @

    Both the religious and the gays are delusional. Same coin, different side.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • M

      You do not have a good understanding of the true nature of the world, or you never would have posted that.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • That's stupid

      @"@" : That's like saying the religious and left-handed people are delusional.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • @

      Both are delusional mentals. Religion is in the decline, and gaysm never made any inroads with people except for the politicians.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • that's stupid

      @"@": wow – so stupidity is really your end-goal, huh? wow.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • M

      Sure they've made inroads, that's why the Republican party wants the issue to go away. The problem is, the've depended on that hate vote against against gays to keep them in office, but now they want to reel that one back in. Too late.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  3. Joe

    Good. I'll leave them too. Sick people running the show !

    June 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Aren't you a little old to be a Boy Scout?

      June 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  4. Saraswati

    It's amazing that this issue is being taken so seriously in a world in which scouting is increasingly becoming just another small special interest club. This decline is occurring world-wide in countries with entirely different membership policies. There are simply too many options now for one club to be a. major player among youth, especially in a hobby that offers little in the college application process. I'm sure this organization will co ntinue to fill a niche market, but the reality is, no matter what decisions are made it will never be the organization it once was.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • @

      Both are actually in a major decline (religion and gayism).

      June 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Saraswati

      You said, "There are simply too many options now for one club to be a. major player among youth, especially in a hobby that offers little in the college application process."
      Actually, as far as hobby clubs go, the boy scout program is one of the few with tangible benefits for future academic and professional life. Special consideration is given at many universities to those that reach the rank of Eagle (others not so much). That rank may also provide a foot in the door, or the tie breaker for job interviews.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • Kilgore Trout

      Sorry, @, you were almost correct: both are in decline – religion and boy scouts. "Gay" has been relatively stable for at least tens of thousands of years.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • @

      Kilgore: most mutations are pretty stable in nature, that's true. I'm talking about acceptance by regular people.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • That's stupid

      @"@": OK I should have read this one before the other one. You must be a troll. No one is this stupid; lol.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • Kilgore Trout

      Me too. Apparently you are unaware that modern Western culture has not been the norm for the past tens of thousands of years.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
    • jazz guitar man

      To me it would be sad if the BSA was to become irrelevant. My nephews were members and they learned a lot especially about nature. So we go fishing and hiking and this was very positive for them. Now all of them are agostic so brainwashing in that area was ignored. So I'm hoping a secular group that promotes bonding with nature remains relevant in the age of too much tech stuff.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Saraswati

      LinCA, Iam notaware of any colleges that give special consideration to Eagle Scouts, and in the industries in which I've worked listing it on a job app would be something laughed at after an interview. And I definitely know of no colleges that offer scholarships related to scouting which is what most parents are concerned about. Are these colleges you reference some sort of religious schools?

      June 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Saraswati

      For scholarship info, start here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/Scholarships.aspx

      Whether an applicant receives special consideration in the job market depends on the job and the interviewers. While it is not a shoe-in, it is often regarded as a plus (for someone just starting in the job market, not so much for later in the career).

      June 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Saraswati

      For scholarship info, start here: www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/Scholarships.aspx

      Whether an applicant receives special consideration in the job market depends on the job and the interviewers. While it is not a shoe-in, it is often regarded as a plus (for someone just starting in the job market, not so much for later in the career).

      June 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Saraswati

      For scholarship info, start here: www . scouting . org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/Scholarships . aspx

      Whether an applicant receives special consideration in the job market depends on the job and the interviewers. While it is not a shoe-in, it is often regarded as a plus (for someone just starting in the job market, not so much for later in the career).

      June 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • LinCA

      Shit. That wasn't supposed to post 3 times. The site seems to be behaving weird for posts at the bottom of the page.

      June 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  5. faith

    One of the most effective defensive systems against God's incursions has hitherto been organised religion. The various churches have provided a refuge for fugitives from God—his voice drowned in the chanting, his smell lost in the incense, his purpose obscured and confused in creeds, dogmas, dissertations and other priestly pronunciamentos. In vast cathedrals, as in little conventicles, or just wrapped in Quaker silence, one could get away from God. Plainsong held him at bay, as did revivalist eloquence, hearty hymns and intoned prayers. Confronted with that chanting, moaning, gurgling voice—'Dearly beloved brethren, I pray and beseech you . . .' or with that earnest, open, Oxfam face, shining like the morning sun with all the glories flesh is heir to, God could be relied on to make off.

    amen and amen

    June 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Nicodemus Grumpschmidt

      Why even invoke the name of god as a defense? Do you not understand that it is merely a figment of the imaginations of the gullible, fearful, and hateful? This god has no more power than the abandoned Greek, Roman, and Norse gods. He's all of them rolled up into one. The problem is, zero plus zero still equals zero. Therefore, your argument has no substance because the foundation of it is non-existent.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
  6. LinCA

    For those struggling with posts that don't show up, the most likely reason this happens is a run-in with the word filter.

    CNN uses WordPress blogs for their opinion pieces, and they use automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. If your post doesn't show up, it most likely had a forbidden word in it.

    On the Belief Blog, repeat posts, even those that were previously censored and not displayed, will show a message stating that you posted it before.

    The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
          arse             as in Arsenal
          bastard
          bitch
          clit
          cock           as in cockatiel
          coon           as in cocoon
          cracker
          cum             as in circumstance
          cunt
          douche
          effing
          fag
          ftw
          fuck
          goddamn
          gloryhole
          homo         as in homosexual
          hooters
          horny
          hump
          jackass
          jap
          jism
          kinky
          kooch
          necrophilia
          nigra         as in denigrate
          nipple
          nigger
          orgy
          pis
          poon
          porn
          prick
          queer
          rape         as in grape
          sex           as in homosexual
          shit
          slut
          smut
          snatch
          spic         as in despicable
          tit               as in constitution or title
          twat
          vag           as in vague
          whore
          wonderful us
          wop
          wtf
          xxx

    To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

    June 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Tim

      How do you format text and embed youtube videos and stuff like that?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Sorry, that's black magic restricted to atheists. But I will give you a hint – HTML.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Tim

      How do you format text and embed youtube videos and stuff like that?
      <i>italics</i> will show as italics
      <b>bold</b> will show as bold

      I don't embed videos much and the method I used last doesn't work anymore.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • Nice Try

      Why even post that garbage? Only a very small person with a weak mind would even feel the need to use any of the words you mentioned above. And any person who does feel the need to use such words in their communications with others, then they are only telling us they have nothing else worthwhile to say. And if they have nothing else worthwhile to say, then whatever they do say is completely worthless and is not worth listening to in the first place…

      June 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Nice Try, what's wrong with grape or vague? And how are you doing with proof for your god?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Nice Try

      You said, "Why even post that garbage? Only a very small person with a weak mind would even feel the need to use any of the words you mentioned above."
      You don't ever use words like "vague", "constitution", "title", "circumstantial", "cumbersome", "homosexual" (especially on an article like this) or "despicable"?

      I know that not everyone would use "fuck" or "shit" in most conversations, but the list isn't complete without them.

      You don't have to use the list if you don't want to.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Nice Try,

      "Why even post that garbage? Only a very small person with a weak mind would even feel the need to use any of the words you mentioned above"

      You prefer using words like "moron" and "dumber than you look". WWJD? All hypocrisy.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
    • mama k

      mama k uses the word Constitution. But I wouldn't expect someone like Nice Try to try and hurt their head too often on that word.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
  7. Just kids

    The song I sang in Baptist Sunday school was "Jesus loves the little children"....the second line was not..'except those Gay kids over there'. There have always been Gay scouts, and there will always be Gay Scouts...No church can ever pray or preach Gods children away.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
  8. John

    I'm a Baptist in the south, but not in the Southern Baptist Convention. Those people are a few centuries back. Meaning, backwards...

    June 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • M

      As an atheist, I agree they are backwards, but there are a few churches, truly a few that do carry a message of complete inclusiveness, and you see it reflected in the makeup of their congregation and in the message of their sermons. Very rare, but they have my respect for their true human compassion.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  9. Tychi

    The Southern Baptists show their true colors. Cowardice in the face of children.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • McLovin

      Cowardice for standing up for your beliefs? I'm not Baptist but I know cowardice and that's not it.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • jazz guitar man

      Why can't you accept the SBC decision just like you support the BSA policy change. Each group just made a choice. People shouldn't be pressured to associated with those they don't wish to. I know I don't wish to be associated with those that like disco music!

      June 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
  10. jazz guitar man

    Saraswati, you posted: Kids already go to school with gay kids what the heck is the difference? Or did you want to kick the kids out of school, too?

    There is a difference and you know it. In schools kids don't buck togethere. So there is a legit question here; Should two gay teens be allowed to bunk with each other? If a non gay kid doesn't wish to bunk with a gay kid (even if his fear is misplaced), will he have that right? I see logistic issues here and I just wonder how the BSA or GSA handle these. But I don't view these logistic issues as gay right issues. (see US military which is having major problems with mixing of genders with women getting abused, big time).

    June 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Substi.tute African American for gay. Can you see the issue now?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • jazz guitar man

      SH from Ohio. You clearly don't understand what I'm talking about here. While there are some race motivated assaults in the military they pale in comparision to gender motivated ones. Again, I see logistic issues here that are NOT related to gay rights.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Saraswati

      First, many kids in the US attend boarding schools, including public boarding schools run by several states so if you want a model it's already out there. Having attended diverse boarding schools and colleges I have never seen this be a problem.

      Second, if "bunking together" were really their concern they would just welcome all the kids and make rules to limit gay kids f bunking policies rather than banning the kids altogether. They also would not be banning lesbian troop leaders (which is done) who by their own logic would be the least likely people to cause a problem. Most importantly the BSA would not have made explicit statements that this was a morality issue because they believe hom.ose.xuals are not morally upstanding citizens. The whole thing is a good bit of a crock since many scouts never go on a single overnight trip.

      And the dynamics simply aren't that complex. When I went on a 10 day school sponsored camping trip everyone slept in the same large tent for 6 days, both male and female. In a group that size with that many eyes nothing was going to happen. And hell, people were far too tired and dirty and disgusting for this to really be a consideration. The remaining 4 days students all slept in private tents...again hardly an issue.

      The whole "it's too difficult" argument is just a cover for an organization that already admitted its stance and logic long ago.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • jazz guitar man

      Saraswati, so it appears the BSA has addressed what I'm calling logistic issues by having large tents. That makes sense and this would work even if boys and girls were sharing the same tent. But clearly the US Military hasn't worked out these logistic issues and women are taking a beating over that. But as far as I know there have been no issues with getting rid of DADT. So maybe these logistic concerns are mostly limited to the conduct of straight males.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Jazz,
      "You clearly don't understand what I'm talking about here. While there are some race motivated assaults in the military they pale in comparision to gender motivated ones."

      Your point (referencing your original post) seems to be that males are unrestrainable and should be kept separate from the objects of their desire, no?

      Here are just a few of the issues with your position:

      1. If you are correct and a significant percentage of males are unrestrainable, this would clearly be a genetic issue that in the long run is best handled by jailing offenders early and keeping them out of the gene pool.

      2. There are many other ways to keep this minority of unrestrainable persons (in this case mostly males) from attacking the objects of their desire.

      3. The whole concern that straight males have revolves around a misguided notion that gay men are driven to have se.x with them. The fact is gay males don't exactly have a problem finding other guys to be with. Women are at much greater risk from straight men because a lot of straight guys could not get a woman to choose to have se.x with them. Any normal gay man can get se.x consensually whenever he wants it and doesn't give a cr@p about the straight guys.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Jazz

      "So maybe these logistic concerns are mostly limited to the conduct of straight males."

      Our posts crossed, but yes, I agree that for a number of reasons this is a problem mostly related to straight men.

      June 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Tranlation

    Southern Baptist still have members arguing with each other over the use of the "New International" version of the Bible versus the "King James" version... Yeah, they are a group just looking for a fight and looking to to condemn people to the lake of fire.. and they take pleasure in it. Nice Try is probably one of these slightly overweight men, who has a secret attraction to little boys, and hates himself so much that he has to sound off to hide his shame.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  12. ENR

    If honesty prevailed, we would all admit that we are intolerant in one way or another. It's human nature.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Sari$ha

      No, it's really not.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • jazz guitar man

      I tend to agree with you. I can only listen to someone that is religious and their mumbo jumbo for so long. I also admit I lack respect for them when they try to say their myths are facts. But I'm A-OK if they just say 'that is my faith, others may view things differently'.

      So yes we are all intolerant to a degree. The only time this is a problem is when people try to pass laws that restrict the behaviors of others and those behaviors have NO direct impact on their lives.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  13. Frank

    I just did a test and everything thats negative about Gays get censored and not published. Everything positive gets posted. CNN should be shut down for the LIES they sell here.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • sam

      There's an automatic filter for certain letter combos that might be part of swear words, you paranoid, homophic dumbass. Shouldn't you be cleaning guns with the good 'ol boys instead of posting?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Frank, do a REAL test. Start on Page 1 and read every comment up to the present (Page 123), and only THEN say that there's been nothing bad posted here about gay people. If you can actually do that with a straight face, you'll make the Guinness Book of Records for having the highest threshold for insults and trash talking in human history.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      It censors posts with offensive words. Try using Roget's thesaurus. Maybe they have a Hate edition.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • ENR

      I believe you, Frank. I have been censored by CNN on many occasions. And Sam, I don't use profanity. It's one of those things I don't tolerate in my home.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • .

      Gays suck.

      See? You're a liar. Shut up.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • jazz guitar man

      Frank, you sound like another conservative that doesh't believe in freedom. Shouldn't CNN be free to operate this website as they see fit. If you don't like it got to the Fox site. You do know you are providing CNN with revenue by going to this site. So take control and instead of crying like a child.

      Oh, and the reasons you gave are bogus as others have already stated.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Frank

      You said, "I just did a test and everything thats negative about Gays get censored and not published. Everything positive gets posted. CNN should be shut down for the LIES they sell here."

      CNN uses WordPress blogs for their opinion pieces, and they use automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. If your post doesn't show up, it most likely had a forbidden word in it.

      On the Belief Blog, repeat posts, even those that were previously censored and not displayed, will show a message stating that you posted it before.

      The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
            arse             as in Arsenal
            bastard
            bitch
            clit
            cock           as in cockatiel
            coon           as in cocoon
            cracker
            cum             as in circumstance
            cunt
            douche
            effing
            fag
            ftw
            fuck
            goddamn
            gloryhole
            homo         as in homosexual
            hooters
            horny
            hump
            jackass
            jap
            jism
            kinky
            kooch
            necrophilia
            nigra         as in denigrate
            nigger
            nipple
            orgy
            pis
            poon
            porn
            prick
            queer
            rape         as in grape
            sex           as in homosexual
            shit
            slut
            smut
            snatch
            spic         as in despicable
            tit               as in constitution or title
            twat
            vag           as in vague
            whore
            wonderful us
            wop
            wtf
            xxx

      To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

      June 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
  14. shimolie

    Well, this will certainly teach gays a lesson. If they don't already know it, the B-cult is a historically intolerant organization of bigots who cowardly target harmless targets. The cult uses witch-hunts every time they need to attract new bigoted recruits.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  15. faith

    To see a World in a grain of sand,

    And a Heaven in a wild flower,

    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,

    And Eternity in an hour.

    blake

    June 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Blake Lively? She was about the only good thing in _Green Lantern_

      June 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  16. Nice Try is...

    in need of help...ignore and report their abuse and get it off the blog

    June 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Well, I disagree with pretty much everything Nice Try posts here, but I can't honestly call it abuse. He/She/It represents a point of view held by a non-trivial portion of the American public and expresses it more or less cogently and stays more or less on topic.
       
      I reserve the "report abuse" button for the terminally incoherent (like Mr. Filthy and LionlyLamb) or the spammers peddling their "work at home, make millions" web links.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  17. RichardSRussell

    In this internet age, about the only way you'll ever keep your kids from learning that there's a wide variety of different kinds of people in the world — each with something to offer and learn from — is to run off and join a cult or the Amish or some such group that doesn't allow interaction with the outside world at all. It's getting harder and harder for your own personal brainwashing to "stick", when there are so many competing ideas flowing in.

    As Princess Merida would say, with exasperation, "Auuwww, MOM!"

    June 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • Bob

      You are so right. Those poor, confused, often in bad home situations, that are being recruited by gays and told they are stuck there can learn there is a way out, that they don't have to be forever enslaved by that choice.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
  18. William Rogers

    Seperation of Church and Scouts
    Seperation of Church and State

    This gives other churches and organizations the oportunity to step up to the plate.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Observer

      Nice Try,

      There are FAR FAR MORE Christians who are ADULTERERS than there are total gays. Just pick-and-choose what you want to condemn.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • Austin

      Topher, is that me?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  19. Lewis

    I left the S. Baptist religion and have NEVER looked back or regretted it. These are the same type of poeple who protested when African American scouts were accepted.

    June 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Donna Moran

      They teach nothing but HATE!

      June 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  20. Robert martin

    Who needs those white trash Southern Baptists, anyway!

    June 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • Nice Try

      Why such hate? Where's your tolerance?...

      June 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Nice Try, you're talking to big b, right?

      June 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • big b

      I would have tolerance if I even thought you were anything but misguided fools.

      June 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
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