Scouts, church clarify stance
January 09, 2014, 6:46 pm by Emily Zendt
Scouting officials and local church leaders blamed internal
miscommunication for a statement last week that gay boys joining a
"We believe that any discussion of youth sexuality – whether
gay or straight – is best had within a young person’s family. If family members
believe it appropriate, they may certainly consult with religious leaders for
advice,” read a statement issued Wednesday by the Boy Scouts Capitol Area
Council based in
The Boy Scouts of America's new national
membership policy that went into effect Jan.1 allows openly gay members in its
ranks which has caused tension for several troops sponsored by religious
organizations and prompted creation of a breakaway group. Trail Life
Troop 284 leader Thom Fairleigh, who raised the prospect of pastoral counseling last week, also issued a statement clarifying comments some thought likened homosexuality to criminal activity.
"My faith incorporates the precept that homosexual activity is a sin, just as the activity of theft is a sin. Homosexual activity is not a criminal act,” he said. "If a youth had questions about his/her sexual orientation or any question I did not feel qualified to discuss with them, we would bring those issues up with his parent or guardian and discuss them with more qualified counselors if the family thinks it’s appropriate
The First Baptist Church of Marble Falls sponsors Troop 284, and certifies the troop’s leadership and eagle scouts.
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