Churches threaten to pull funding if Boy Scouts drop anti-gay ban
The Boy Scouts of America announced earlier this week that they are considering an end to their decades-long ban on gay members, leaving it to regional and local councils to dictate membership guidelines on sexuality.
The news was met with cheers from scouts across the country who have been banned from the organization after coming out, but many conservative and religious leaders are angry about what they see as the organization abandoning their longstanding commitment to biblical principles.
"If that is what the leadership is doing, then I think it will be a sad day in the life of the Boy Scouts of America," Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Baptist Press. "This is a tradition that so many of us across the country grew up in. We were in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in elementary school, and this organization has always stood for biblical principles -- all the things that grounded our lives as a young kid growing up. To now see this organization that I thought stood on biblical principles about to give in to the politically correct thing is very disappointing."