• Churches consider cutting ties after Scouts allow gay members

    By: Sarah Rosario


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Southern Baptists may soon cut ties with the Boy Scouts after its recent decision to allow gay members. Nondenominational Paw Creek Ministries Pastor Joseph Chambers said it's an issue of scripture verses the scouts.

    "What's happening now is that no longer is the Boy Scouts teaching them that morality is right, it's teaching them that anything goes. They really have no choice if they are going to be a Bible-believing organization," said Chambers.

    This week, Southern Baptist leaders are set to vote to cut ties with the Boy Scouts and their annual convention. According to the Boy Scouts of America, it could impact more than 100,000 youth.
    Baptist churches sponsor nearly 4,000 Scout units. Eyewitness News counted five Baptist churches in Charlotte who sponsor Boy Scout troops, but leaders from the church declined to speak on camera.

    "By opposing this policy the Southern Baptist Convention is saying its OK to discriminate against young people and I think that's wrong," said Matt Comer.

    Comer said he was kicked out of scouting after troop leaders found out he was gay at the age of 14. Last month he was at Boy Scout headquarters, when more than 60 percent of scouting's national council voted to allow gay members. Despite the ruling and Southern Baptist stance on the issue, the Catholic Church hasn't pulled its support.

    Father Pat Hoare of St. John Neumann Catholic Church said he hasn't been told of the dioceses pulling its support for the troop it charters.

    "We're called to treat every person with compassion and with love no matter what their race, creed or sexual orientation," he said.

    A vote by Southern Baptist leaders could come by the end of the week.

    Faith-based organizations charter more than 70 percent of Scout chapters.

    Local pastors from our area at the convention in Houston include the head pastors of Hickory Baptist Church and First Baptist Charlotte.

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