Religion is walking a fine line in and around corruption from the pulpit, yet they still reserve the right to judge and even lay down laws for their followers.
The Southern Baptist convention has decided to hold a vote in a couple weeks as to whether they will sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America because of a major policy change within the organization. The Boy Scouts have decided to welcome openly gay members again by lifting their ban of openly gay members. But, openly gay members are still prevented from holding any positions of leadership within the organization, according to ABC.
“I think I can say with pretty strong accuracy that the vast majority of Southern Baptists are very disappointed in the latest change in policy … deeply disappointed,” Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, told ABCNews.com.
The baptists may be making their decision based on the many years of abuse of boys in the Boy Scouts that were uncovered in the landmark sexual abuse case of the Stewart brothers back in 2009. When they sued the Boy Scouts and won in 2003, their attorney forced the Boy Scouts to give up all documents of sexual abuse within the history of the 101-year-old organization. CBS reported:
“The previously private records show the Boy Scouts have ejected at least 5,100 adult leaders nationwide for sexual abuse allegations since 1946.”
Wow! And seeing as how “about 70 percent of all local Boy Scout troops are supported by religious groups” the Baptists will more than likely have a unanimous decision to separate from the organization.
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