Boy Scouts Drop Washington Troop Over Homosexual Scout Leader

By:  Dave Bohon
Boy Scouts Drop Washington Troop Over Homosexual Scout Leader

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which earlier this year dropped its policy banning gay-identifying teens from participation in Scouting programs, has given the boot to a troop in Washington state that insisted on keeping its adult homosexual Scout leader.

According to the New York Times, one homosexual activist group said the revocation of the Boy Scouts charter of Seattle's Rainier Beach United Methodist Church was a first for the BSA since the organization officially compromised its 100-year ban on homosexual participation on January 1 of this year. While that policy change does allow teen boys who identify as homosexuals to participate in Scouting, the BSA continued with its ban of openly homosexual adult Scout leaders.

The New York Times recalled that earlier in April the BSA had ordered the dismissal of 49-year-old Geoffrey McGrath, a former Eagle Scout, from his position as the leader of the church's Scout troop. The dismissal came after McGrath “spoke about his sexual orientation in a news article profiling the troop, which was formed last year in a south Seattle neighborhood heavily populated by immigrants and lower-income families.”

When the church's pastor, Monica Corsaro, refused abide by the BSA edict and remove the homosexual Scout leader, the BSA fired off a letter informing Corsaro that her congregation had lost its BSA charter. Reminding the minister that the BSA “does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as adult volunteer leaders,” the letter noted that “nevertheless, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church has stated that it will not remove [McGrath] as a leader and will continue to allow him to serve as an adult leader in violation of the charter agreement and the policies of the Boy Scouts of America. As a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules, and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Rainer Beach United Methodist Church is hereby advised that it is no longer an authorized chartered organization and may no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”

Corsaro responded to the news by emphasizing that “based on our religious principles, we will continue to act as an autonomous church that does not discriminate. We will continue to have our troop meetings here, every Thursday night, with business as usual.” The church is reportedly looking for a boys organization that accepts homosexual leaders with which to partner.

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