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    Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker[W:220:563]

    The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to lift its controversial ban on gay youth participants has received praise and criticism in equal measure, but one Alabama church leader isn't having any of it.
    In the wake of the Boy Scouts' ruling, Pastor Greg Walker tells WBRC-TV that Boy Scout troops will no longer be welcome to meet onsite at the First Baptist Church of Helena.
    "It's hard on a personal level to say to a troop of young boys who have done nothing wrong and to the leaders, 'You're not welcome here,'" Walker told the news channel. "I didn't make the decision, Boy Scouts of America did."
    Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker After Gay Youth Policy Lifted Nationwide


    How so very Christian of you Greg. Oh wait.

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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    "I didn't make the decision, Boy Scouts of America did."
    What.a.jerk.
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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    And absolutely no one cared what some bigot pastor had to say.
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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    Scouting is a great organization that has done many people, including myself, a lot of good. It's a shame that so many people are going to shut out the BSA because of this decision. It would have happened a lot sooner had it not been for so many narrow interests within the organization. The BSA is really at a lose-lose here. Plenty of other organizations, including an elementary school around where I live, refused to sponsor them if they continued to exclude gays. Ten years ago, it would have been far riskier making the decision, but today it's probably just as risky to stay with the status quo. Either decision was going to piss a lot of people off. Hopefully, the new people and those who decide to stay and support the BSA based on this decision outnumber those who leave, but even if it doesn't improve the numbers, the BSA still made the right decision. I'm glad that they took the risk that they did and erred on the side of doing what is right over what most easily satisfies the supporters of the status quo.
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    It is a church. If they feel that allowing gay scouts to use their facilities conflicts with the purpose and teachings of his church, then that is his right. I don't consider it being a jerk--I consider it exercising his organization's right to dissent.

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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

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    It is a church. If they feel that allowing gay scouts to use their facilities conflicts with the purpose and teachings of his church, then that is his right. I don't consider it being a jerk--I consider it exercising his organization's right to dissent.
    The BSA are not a religious organization. I'm sure other groups would be permitted to use the church. I think this is out and out descrimination.
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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    Bigotry's acceptable if a church does it? What are the odds it's the individual's decision, and not that of his "organisation"?
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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    It is a church. .
    A Christian Church at that. Obviously they have their own take on what that truly means. There's a word for this...

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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    It is a church. If they feel that allowing gay scouts to use their facilities conflicts with the purpose and teachings of his church, then that is his right. I don't consider it being a jerk--I consider it exercising his organization's right to dissent.
    Well, so far, it is their right. It's also my right to think they're jerks.

    If this Baptist church interprets through its faith that it's just fine to discriminate against people based upon sexual discrimination/gay rights discrimination or anything else? They are poor examples of the Christian faith, in my opinion.
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    Re: Boy Scouts Banned By Alabama Pastor Greg Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Well, so far, it is their right. It's also my right to think they're jerks.

    If this Baptist church interprets through its faith that it's just fine to discriminate against people based upon sexual discrimination/gay rights discrimination or anything else? They are poor examples of the Christian faith, in my opinion.
    Hold on a minute..how old are these ''gay scouts??''

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