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Local Churches Cut Ties With Boy Scouts

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The Boy Scouts of America policy change allowing openly gay scouts is impacting troops in the Coastal Empire. Some local churches are cutting ties with the group because the new policy is in direct conflict with their religious beliefs.

Several scout groups in the Coastal Empire are funded, and chartered, by religious groups.

"We've had probably six-to-eight at this point that we know of that are going to change, not have an association with the Boy Scouts of America, which we are obviously sad to have that happen," said Scout Executive of the Coastal Empire Council, Tom Cardiff.

Tom Cardiff, the Scout Executive of the Coastal Empire Council, said he can't fault any of the churches on their decision.

"I understand the road they are going down that any change to this particular area will infuriate a lot of people so we are going to try and pull the troops back together, try to do the best we can to find homes for the rest of these units that have been asked to leave," said Cardiff.

The latest organization to oppose the new policy is the Southern Baptist Convention but the denomination can't force its churches to cut ties since they are all independent.

"If people begin to teach things that are not biblical or anti biblical as we would see it, they are free to do that. I mean everyone has a choice and they made that choice, but we have a choice too we don't have to support that, or finance that, or use our personnel to support that," said Southside Baptist Church Pastor Allan Bosson.

Southside Baptist Church doesn't have a Boy Scout group but Pastor Allan Bosson said if they did they would follow the Convention's decision.

"In our opinion Boy Scouts will never be the same again it will just be another group of boys getting together and having fun," said Pastor Bosson.

The policy change on allowing openly gay scouts begins in January. 

"At this particular point it doesn't change what our mission is which is to teach our young men to be leaders and to be good citizens and to follow the scout oath and law but we've been hurt some and hopefully we are going to fight through it and move on," said Cardiff.

The Boy Scouts of America has not lifted the ban on gay scout leaders.

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