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ABMEN-USA RESPONSE TO THE BSA NEW MEMBERSHIP POLICY: June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

ABMEN-USA RESPONSE TO THE BSA NEW MEMBERSHIP POLICY:

The American Baptist Men-USA National Men’s Ministry is proud of the more than 50 years of partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. However, the recent change in membership policy, which allows “openly gay” boys to be active members of the BSA, has created a serious breach of trust in our relationship. At a time when our culture is in need of people who will uphold traditional moral values and standards, it appears the BSA has succumbed to the will of a minority.  This is even though the US Supreme Court agrees with their Constitutional right to “freedom of association”. Our Ministry is about love and compassion for our brothers of all ages, but God’s “word” will not allow us to approve of or participate in this type of lifestyle.  Therefore, it is the decision of this Board that, while we will continueto minister a message of reconciliation to all, we will not actively endorse or support BSA scouting programs in our churches, but we also will not ask any of our “Chartered” churches to abandon the Scouting Program, as that is a decision each organization will have to make, individually.

Kenna S. Ray

President, ABMen-USA

 

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