Boy Scouts Council in Texas Votes to Maintain Ban on Openly Gay Members
Boy Scouts officials in Houston, Texas, voted Monday to maintain the organization's policies that bar openly gay youth who seek to participate in troop activities.
The Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council voted to support the current membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America, which "does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, but does not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA," the council said in a statement....
Melissa Barnhart wrote: Many within the BSA have expressed concern about possible schisms or defections in light of removing the national policy. For example, 39 percent of Scout organizations are overseen by three religious sects that consider homosexuality a sin: The Roman Catholic Church, The United Methodist Church, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
of the three religious organizations that might walk out on the scouts if the Scouts national policy of banning openly queer members was lifted, it might be of all people, the Methodists! We've already seen one thread where the Mormons might go along lifting the ban, but considering Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses (PDF) aren't Christian, this one not be that all surprising. The Texas group said they would play along with the National leadership as well. Anyway, an interesting article. My church only has Awana, unlike some conservative churches that have both, so this controversy doesn't effect my church.