The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation's largest Protestant denomination, has passed a resolution at its annual meeting condemning the decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to allow teens who identify as homosexual to participate in Scouting. The SBC is the first denomination to come out officially against the controversial move of the 103-year-old boys' leadership organization, which continues to be pressured by gay activist groups to drop its ban on homosexual Scout leaders. While the resolution, passed by SBC delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston, stopped short of calling for Southern Baptist congregations to drop their Boy Scout programs, it “voiced strong opposition to acceptance of gay scouts — with a top church leader predicting a 'mass exodus' of youths from the program that has been a rite of passage for more than a century,” reported Fox News.
With religious organizations sponsoring two-thirds of the nation's Boy Scout troops, and SBC congregations among the strongest hosts among evangelical churches, a departure from Scouting by such churches could have a devastating impact on the BSA organization. “There will be a mass exodus over time,” predicted Frank Page, president of the SBC's Executive Committee. “Churches are finally going to have to come to realize there is a point when you say, ‘sorry, no more.’”
Passage of the resolution was no surprise, given the failed efforts of SBC leaders to convince BSA officials to hold the line on the traditional values that have defined the Boy Scouts since the organization's U.S. founding in 1910. The resolution noted that the SBC's own statement of faith declares that “Christians should oppose ... all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography,” and pointed out that Southern Baptists have consistently “expressed their opposition to the normalization of homosexual behavior in American culture through more than a dozen resolutions over the past thirty years.”
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