The Boy Scouts of America will now allow gay leaders, a decision made by its Executive Board led by former Defense Secretary, now BSA president, Robert Gates. The action applies to corporate employees. Local troops, many of which are sponsored by churches, can make their own decisions. But churches are worried that this just kicks the liabilities and possible discrimination charges down to their level.
Read the news report after the jump. Then read the Family Policy Institute of Washington post entitled “New Boy Scout Policy Makes Host Churches Liable?”. The group offers this legal guide: The Legal Ramifications to Churches of BSA’s New Membership Policy.
Some churches are apparently considering dropping their Scouting programs. Here is a statement from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which is convening a meeting in August to consider the issue. (Hey, maybe this could be the catalyst for a rapprochement between the LCMS and the Wisconsin Synod, which has never approved of Boy Scouts!) [Read more…]