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Southern Baptist Convention passes resolution against Boy Scouts' policy change

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The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution today, supporting churches that decide to sever ties with the Boy Scouts.

They said they are concerned the Boy Scouts' decision to allow gay scouts is just a stepping stone for allowing gay leaders as well.

The resolution was introduced  at the annual Southern Baptist Convention in Houston Wednesday by Tyler's Green Acres Baptist Church pastor, David Dykes.

Southern Baptist churches are independent, therefore, the resolution is non-binding, but merely a suggestion.

After an immediate vote in the morning session, the resolution "overwhelmingly" passed, according to the group's president, Rev. Fred Luter Jr..

While it supports churches who choose to separate from Boy Scouts, it encourages those that stay in the group to work towards reversal of the policy. The resolution also asks for BSA to remove executive members that supported the policy shift.

In East Texas, the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches has already decided to sever ties.

"The lifting of the ban from homosexuals being a part of scouting, I think is just the beginning," said Pastor Dr. Allen Reed. "The next thing they'll do is allow leaders to be homosexuals."

But, in a statement, the Boy Scouts said that was not their intention:

"We believe the BSA policy is fully consistent with how Southern Baptist Churches respond to young people in their congregations and allows them to maintain their beliefs about homosexuality and minister to children who are still learning and developing."

The East Texas Area Council added that they have enjoyed a rich history of partnering with Southern Baptist churches and stated:

"We hope that this partnership will continue for years to come, as children today need the values of Scouting more than ever."

The policy allowing gay members in Boy Scouts takes effect January 1, 2014.

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