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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

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  1. VelveteenLady

    I am constantly amused by folks, who claim that the Bible mandates a certain action. It's the age old thing of picking and choosing which Bible verses one will use as an excuse to disrespect others. As I recall, Jesus said that the second of the two greatest commandments is: ". . . love your neighbor as yourself." Would the self-righteous Baptists want their Scouts to be treated in the manner in which they are treating someone else's sons? They are the modern-day version of the Scribes and the Pharisees, whom Jesus called, : . . . fools, hypocrites, blind guides, whited sepulchers, murderers, a generation of snakes," Yep, that about covers the Baptist fools, who are leaving the Scouts because gay Scouts a permitted membership. At least their exodus will begin the process of taking out the trash.

    June 2, 2013 at 2:08 am |
    • Miss Demeanor

      I think this might cheer you up:
      "An Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience has suggested that one day religious fundamentalism may be treated as a curable mental illness..."

      June 2, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • Nice Try

      VelveteenLady… Here's a scripture which applies to you…

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      People like you have left the truth (if you ever had the truth in the first place) and has believed too many fables. And that is your problem…

      June 2, 2013 at 2:34 am |
    • pcb

      Boy, you hit the nail on the head!

      June 2, 2013 at 5:39 am |
    • pcb

      Boy, VelveteenLady, You hit the nail on the head!

      June 2, 2013 at 5:41 am |
    • pcb

      You know, I'm a Christian too. I talk and pray to God all the time. But, I'm getting so sick and tired of these various faith groups and individuals who take "SELECTIVE RHETORIC" from the holy bible and apply it to hurt someone or some group. I don't think that's what God had in mind when he gave us those words. There are enough passages and parables, chapters and verses, that could be used by just about anyone (atheists, Muslims, other Christians, etc,) to cause harm to any group, including fellow Christians. On Judgement Day I would love to be standing in line behind such a group or individuals and listen to the answer they would give when God asks: "So tell me, what did you do to show Me that you loved your neighbors?"

      June 2, 2013 at 6:01 am |
  2. Publilius

    Fpr every decision, there is a consequence. Bad decisions lead to bad consequences. This is not an unintentional consequence. The BSA knew this would happen. It is a failure of leadership. One must stand for principles or stand for nothing.

    June 2, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • For Equality

      The only failure here, is the failure of the baptists to be accepting and uniting, not discriminatory and prejudicial.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:14 am |
    • tallulah13

      The Boy Scouts finally decided to stand for the principles of fairness and human decency. The fact that you find that "a failure' reflects more on your character than on the organization.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:26 am |
    • Nice Try

      Pubillius… What you're witnessing is Lucifer at work, nothing more...

      June 2, 2013 at 2:27 am |
    • tallulah13

      It takes a christian to call human decency and equality "the work of satan". No wonder people are leaving the church in droves. People who are fundamentally good and people who try to follow the words attributed to Christ can't help but be repulsed by the dogma vomit of those who use religion as an excuse to harm.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:46 am |
    • Nice Try

      Tallulah13… You stated, "People who are fundamentally good and people who try to follow the words attributed to Christ can't help but be repulsed by the dogma vomit of those who use religion as an excuse to harm."...

      Answer: And those are the exact same people who fail to recognize truth and end up in hell…

      June 2, 2013 at 2:52 am |
    • OTOH

      Nice Try,
      " those are the exact same people who fail to recognize truth and end up in hell"

      And your verified evidence that any such a thing has ever happened, or ever will – is.....?

      June 2, 2013 at 2:56 am |
    • Nice Try

      OTOH… The Word of God. And your evidence to the contrary is?...

      June 2, 2013 at 3:03 am |
    • OTOH

      Nice Try,
      "The Word of God."

      And what is your verified evidence that you have the "Word" of any god?

      June 2, 2013 at 3:08 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "The Word of God. "

      That's very circular. Using the word of 'god' to prove god does not prove anything. Try again.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      "And those are the exact same people who fail to recognize truth and end up in hell…" Why is it that believers are not satisfied with eternal bliss for themselves? They need to believe there is eternal torment for everyone else. Why is the choice not eternal bliss or nothing at all (nil)?

      June 2, 2013 at 4:01 am |
  3. For Equality

    Christianity is supposed to be about loving thy neighbor, caring for others...yet what it really stands for is inequality, segregation, discrimination. It has in the past and it still does.

    June 2, 2013 at 2:00 am |
    • Nice Try

      For Equality… Jesus himself said the following: (Luke 12:51) – Think not that I come to give peace on earth (harmony and equality). Nay, but rather "division". 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • John

      Throwing all moral standards taught in the Bible to the wayside in order to make people caught up in sin feel like they are doing nothing wrong is not "loving your neighbor." The people that pushed for the change in scouts don't want to teach kids that being gay is morally wrong, as the Bible techies. They want to teach that there is nothing wrong with it and be funded by churches that beleive the opposite. And in good conscious, these churches can't do that when they beleive that being gay will cause a person to end up in hell. It would not be love to treat a person as though nothing was wrong with their behavior when you think it will put them in hell, any more than it would be love to act like that if you thought it would put them in jail.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:01 am |
    • Nice Try

      John... Well said. I totally agree...

      June 2, 2013 at 3:06 am |
    • Butters

      I love how you added your own words to make it fit your agenda.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:16 am |
  4. skytag

    These same people used to tell us the sun revolved around the earth and that disease was caused by evil spirits.

    Time after time the teachings of countless religions have been shown to be wrong, and in most cases their response is basically, "Okay, we were wrong about that, but we're still right about everything else." It's a laughable position to take, yet billions of people happily embrace to it so they can believe comforting narratives that keep unpleasant realities at bay.

    June 2, 2013 at 1:57 am |
    • Seyedibar

      Hard to expect anything else from a religion whose holy book kicks off with their god punishing people for getting smarter.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:05 am |
    • Nice Try

      Skytag… That's not saying anything. It's a well known fact that not all religions are of God (Lucifer has set up more churches on the earth than God). But just because one church or religion is false and has made false predictions, that doesn't make all churches false. To be saved, you are required to keep searching until you find the right one (Jesus said you must "Ask, seek, and knock). If you refuse to do that and only want to say that all churches are false, then hell shall be your home and you have only yourself to blame…

      Luke 11:9 – (Jesus speaking) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:17 am |
    • Nice Try

      Seyedlbar… What you call "smarter", God calls "foolishness"…

      1 Corinthians 3:19 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:18 am |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, your god didn't say a thing. You are simply quoting what humans wrote thousands of years ago.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • Nice Try

      Tallulah13… How would you know, you don't even believe in God? Therefore, your opinion don't mean a thing…

      June 2, 2013 at 2:25 am |
    • OTOH

      Nice Try,
      "1 Corinthians 3:19 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."

      Yet you think yourself to be wise to believe that.

      It's turtles all the way down...

      June 2, 2013 at 2:26 am |
    • Nice Try

      OTOH… I don't think I'm wise. I know I'm wise. Which is more than I can say for you…

      Proverbs 24:7 – Wisdom is too high for a fool:

      June 2, 2013 at 2:30 am |
    • Touche

      Nice Try-

      Proverbs 26:12

      "There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise."

      June 2, 2013 at 2:34 am |
    • tallulah13

      Do you know why I don't believe in god? Because there isn't any evidence to support the existence of any god. But you keep on burying your head in the sand of religion. Someday when you pull your head out, you'll find that the world moved on and left you behind.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:39 am |
    • Nice Try

      Touche… That's not what my bible says. Try reading a real bible for a change….

      Tallulah13… No one even cares why you don't believe in God. All we need to know is that you don't. Whatever else you say don't mean a thing…

      June 2, 2013 at 2:47 am |
    • Smite Them

      Nice Try

      "(Lucifer has set up more churches on the earth than God)"

      But not your church, eh kiddo, not YOURS...

      You sound quite Luciferish actually.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:50 am |
    • OTOH

      Nice Try,
      "That's not what my bible says. Try reading a real bible for a change…. "

      From your own dang, silly biblestudytools site:

      Proverbs 26:12 - Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

      http://www.biblestudytools.com/proverbs/26-12.html

      June 2, 2013 at 2:54 am |
    • Nice Try

      Smite Them… You stated, "You sound quite Luciferish actually…"

      Answer: I'm sure you would know – since he's your daddy…

      John 8:44 – Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do....

      June 2, 2013 at 2:55 am |
    • Nice Try

      OTOH... Stop getting your information from false books and false bibles and try quoting from a real bible. It's no wonder you're confused...

      June 2, 2013 at 2:57 am |
    • OTOH

      Nice Try,

      Ok, here it is from your version concocted by that dead English King:

      Proverbs 26: 12 – Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:04 am |
    • Nice Try

      OTOH… Thanks for quoting the scripture correctly, and notice the difference a real bible makes. The scripture refers to a man wise in his own conceit (namely, people like you). In contrast, my wisdom does not come from me. My wisdom cometh from the Lord…

      June 2, 2013 at 3:15 am |
    • OTOH

      Nice Try,

      It is your own conceit that deems your book to be the messages from some lord.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:25 am |
  5. SSE

    Id0ts. The bible also says that wearing clothing that mixes textiles is a sin punishable by death. From the King James bible: "Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee." How convenient of them to take whatever is convenient for their cause from the bible and declare it "God's explicit word."

    June 2, 2013 at 1:57 am |
  6. McDuck Quackerton

    Hurr... durr... yay jeebus!

    June 2, 2013 at 1:47 am |
  7. meekly miser

    Why is it so easy to ridicule the cult of Westboro... yet so much fun too? It don't seem right... it must be a sin. Lord, please hurry and finish off this cult by continuing to give them enough rope to hang themselves Amen. Thank you for opening the eyes of the public to the cruel hate they spew out into the world. Politicizing and monetizing the private feelings of others that are none of their business is revolting. Doing it in your name is just too crass and brazen for a society to have to deal with. Thanks. Hope they implode soon. Your son.

    June 2, 2013 at 1:46 am |
    • 404 Error

      Message undeliverable. Addressee "Lord" not locatable. Please verify the addressee's existence.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:51 am |
  8. J Porterhouse

    The gays want everyone to respect their view but THEY can not and will now accept a different view from theirs.

    June 2, 2013 at 1:36 am |
    • Jesus freaker

      How dare they disrespect the Baptists by asking for equal rights.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:45 am |
    • For Equality

      Not true. Not at all.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:46 am |
    • skytag

      So much for not bearing false witness.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:59 am |
    • Nice Try

      Jesus freaker… The gays don't want equal rights. They want to change what other people believe...

      June 2, 2013 at 2:37 am |
    • Jesus freaker

      I'm sure the gays couldn't care less that you believe in the evil psychopath Bible god as long as it doesn't interfere with their lives.

      June 2, 2013 at 3:12 am |
  9. Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

    Why would a dying organization marginalize themselves even more ?
    Great move boys. So even more people will leave.
    Good one.

    June 2, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • For Equality

      Ha..who's the dying organization?

      Baptists: We tell you what to believe, when and how..and if you are not in line with our beliefs you are a sinner bound for hell.
      The Rest of America: We accept you. We understand. We don't discriminate, we practice equality.

      The baptists are complete idiots.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:54 am |
  10. Jeff

    People of faith are mocked for their beliefs. Sounds like what people did to Jesus and his followers a few years ago. If the Southern Baptists didn't stand up and say there is a line in the sand then I would have less respect for them.

    June 2, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • Everyone has a choice, mine is to believe...

      These things must come to pass.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • God

      I will mot be bocked.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • Non believer

      Wrong.
      So you're saying that if you honestly DON'T believe, your god is SO stupid, she won't know you're lying if you *say* you believe, but really don't.
      You're really smart there. Genius.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:10 am |
    • Michael

      Jesus got tortured and killed. It's profound arrogance (though very typical of modern Christianity) to compare yourself to that situation simply because not everyone agrees with you. And I'll say that far from taking a respectable moral stance, the BSA had a contemptible, discriminatory stance that held gay people to a higher standard than anyone else, because they aren't inquiring of anyone else's private life. So many hateful church zealots supported this and are backing out because it's no longer policy, and they're merely revealing themselves to be bigoted hypocrites by doing so.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:17 am |
    • Non believer

      Jebus caused a ruckus in the temple. The Romans executed him because he was a common trouble maker. All trouble makers in the Pax Romana were executed without a trial, by standing order. Thousands were crucified. He was nothing special.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:23 am |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      But they have every right to do it, hindu atheist, ignorant self centered like it or not. No one has right to stop them. BSA GO FOR IT, AND DO NOT RESPECT HINDU SECULAR S, IGNORANT SELF CENTERED. GO PUSH THE REPORT BUTTON HINDS.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:24 am |
    • Jesus freaker

      Being gay is not a choice. Discriminating against others is a choice. Baptists choose to completely ignore laws in the Bible yet insist on following one verse that supports one of their predjudices. It's nice to know you have so much respect for them.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:29 am |
    • Jesus freaker

      He was nothing special.

      Not one word about him was written down during his lifetime.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:42 am |
    • u r sanctimonious

      RE: "People of faith are mocked for their beliefs... "

      So are fools. This is one of THOSE times. How characteristically sanctimonious and blabtist-like to state that.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:50 am |
    • skytag

      Also sounds like what people did to those folks who quit their jobs and traveled around the country telling people the world was going to end on May 21, 2011. Make absurd claims there is no reason to believe and people are going to ridicule you. It doesn't make you right or more noble than saner people.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:54 am |
    • fsmgroupie

      if your god tells you to kill your own child to prove your faith (Abraham/Isaac) will you willingly comply or will you tell your god to go fug himself. I know what I would do. Faith in all of these stupid man made gods is also a man made concept to control you and rob you of your freedom to think. People of faith who love their god more than their own children should be mocked and the children of people of faith should be protected. Every Baptist should be asked the question- Will you kill your own child if your god tells you to do so? Yes or no?

      June 2, 2013 at 1:57 am |
    • Seyedibar

      People of faith should be mocked. It's a destructive state of mind for adults to live their lives in a fantasy.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:06 am |
    • Nice Try

      Jesus freaker… Stop telling that lie over and over again. Being gay is indeed a choice...

      June 2, 2013 at 2:39 am |
    • Nice Try

      fsmgroupie… And that's precisely why people like you were bound for hell from the beginning. You have no respect for authority...

      June 2, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • Smite Them

      Nice Try = Lucifer

      June 2, 2013 at 2:47 am |
    • F. Lee Hall III

      As a historian I would like to point out that there is absolutely no empirical evidence (what-so-ever) of a sole individual named Jesus having done any of the things attributed to the one in which so many now believe. And if you say, "But, you must have faith". Well, I must respond with "Get a grip". I don't believe in the tooth fairy either.

      June 2, 2013 at 7:09 am |
  11. paulpearson74

    The Baptists are leaving the Boy Scouts? Good riddance to bad trash.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:58 am |
  12. Journey

    test

    June 2, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • LinCA

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      June 2, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • North Dallas Don

      Christians who adhere to Scripture will enlighten and help others receive the word of God. So-called Christians who cast judgment on others and condemn fall short of what God requests of us in the Bible.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:46 am |
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      @LinCA: Sometimes comments just don't show up for no apparent reason.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:33 am |
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      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, t-itle, ent-ity, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, salt-water, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!
      x.xx…
      There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

      June 2, 2013 at 2:37 am |
  13. Casey

    The thing I don't get... why does s3xuality enter into the Boy Scouts at all? in any form? These are kids. I don't want any of this kind of stuff around my kids... they only have so long to retain their innocence... and we as a society should protect that. How... or why ... should the boy scouts even know if someone was gay or not? Our kids are pushed into this stuff WAY too early. I think it is a shame the boy scouts have gone down this path... for the reasons I stated....and it is certainly the right of the Baptist Church to disengage.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:17 am |
    • skytag

      It shouldn't come up in scouting activities.

      June 2, 2013 at 2:35 am |
  14. theoldfool1950

    There is far too much talk of morality here and not enough about ethics. Everyone is immoral to some person or organization on this earth. But ethics stand up everywhere.

    June 2, 2013 at 12:14 am |
  15. TheChoice

    Anyone out there that believes hmose'xuality is a choice is either ase'xual, lies, is hiding, has an agenda, has never experienced a true org'asm, has been brainwashed, or is incapable of rational thought.

    Try to follow this: If hmos'exuality is a choice, then heteros'exuality must also be a choice. In other words, if you choose not to be g'ay or le'sb'ian, then you are hterose'xual by choice. Right? If you are hteros'exual, you must certainly have experienced true s'xual arousal (hopefully lots of times in your life). You know the feeling... no need to describe it. Lets just say the motors start running all of the sudden, all on their own. Hmmm... A choice implies you can or have experienced that same reaction with either the opposite s'ex or your own s'ex. If you can truthfully answer yes to this, well then, surprise... you're bi'se'xual. If not, then you're either htero'se'xual or hmos'exual. Whichever is your case, it is that way because that is your nature – as in God's nature.

    The true choice is whether to be accepting of others the way God made them, or to discriminate against others based on your bigotry of choice. It’s really that simple.

    The unfortunate reality is that ho'mo'se'xuals will always be a minority (statistically) and people of all walks of life, religions, nationalities, races, gender... whatever... people that are always on guard against discrimination of their own particular origin, or belief, or color… those same people choose, repeat choose, to be prejudiced, hateful, and hurtful to someone merely on account of their se'xual orientation. Hmmm... Talk about a choice!!!

    June 2, 2013 at 12:07 am |
  16. Bradley Reasoner

    This article reminds me of why I am no longer involved in the Baptist Church. Unbelievable. How foolish and hateful of the Southern Baptist Convention. That's all....

    June 2, 2013 at 12:07 am |
  17. realbuckyball

    They chose to make an issue of s'ex, and only se'x.
    Did they make an issue of any of all the other things the Boy Scouts do that are against the OT law ? No.
    Do they yell about pork, certain weaves of clothing ? No. They are obsessed with s'ex. They are ho'mophobes.
    Why ? Because they are terrified they may be latent g'a'ys.
    Saul of Tarsus, ( the founder of their cult) said they were free from the old law. Yet they capriciously pick and choose
    what they want to use to keep certain people in their place, (like Saul did with women).
    They are hypocritical bigoted ho'mophobes.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
    • JR

      Blow yourself, Islamabot. Up.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:15 am |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      Blow me, JR.
      Apparently that;s all you have on your mind.
      Why is that ?

      June 2, 2013 at 1:03 am |
  18. postedbygeorge

    J-C, no wife, no girlfriend, no children, picked 12 guys to have dinner and drink "blood" J-C was the original boy scout these Southern Baptist do not like.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • JR

      Oh, zip it, skippy. You make no freaking sense. And it's CONSTITUTION, you inbred whelp.

      June 2, 2013 at 12:04 am |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      No Jew drank blood.
      It was an abomination to even touch blood.
      The whole thing is a fairy tale.

      June 2, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • woo hoo

      very original... but the drink my blood, eat my flesh hints at some kind of vampirism

      June 2, 2013 at 1:31 am |
  19. skytag

    Bigger test.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
    • skytag

      Why do comments not show up here sometimes?

      June 1, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • LinCA

      @skytag

      You said, "Why do comments not show up here sometimes?"
      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
            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 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • JR

      They're playing deleing games right now, I think.

      June 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      JR's brain got "deleed".

      June 2, 2013 at 1:05 am |
  20. skytag

    Test.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
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