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Southern Baptist Convention Takes Stance On Boy Scout Policy

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At its annual meeting in Houston, The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution opposing the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.

Delegates voted on the resolution Wednesday that also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executives and board leaders who approved a pending policy change without consulting religious groups that sponsor Scout troops.

Local churches are not bound to abide by the SBC's resolution.

"None of those are binding on the local church, those are just sort of a measurement of opinion of some Baptists," said Pastor Jon Roebuck from Woodmont Baptist Church.

The Green Hill congregation has been affiliated with the Boy Scouts for the last 56 years.

"We provide them meeting space, we recognize them on Scout Sunday, and all of their key leaders have always been members of our family of faith here" the pastor explained.

Roebuck has a different view on the issue than the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention.

"I feel like if there's a student that is struggling with those issues of sexual identity, that the worse thing we can do as a church is to try and shun that person and say look, go figure it out somewhere else," Roebuck said.

According to Roebuck, the pending change in Scout policy has not been an issue locally.

"I don't know of any local church in the Nashville area that has decided to withdraw their affiliation with the Boy Scouts," Roebuck said.

The SBC is affiliated with 45,000 churches and church-like missions. Some say the position of local churches may change after the resolution voted on and approved at the annual meeting.

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