Southern Baptists Plan to Leave Boy Scouts 'En Masse'
Denomination will urge 16M members to cut ties
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
This photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn by Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality, as he responds questions during a news conference...   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – The Boy Scouts of America's decision last month to allow gay members was made with the blessings of many churches and religious groups—but not all of them. And here's a pretty significant opponent: The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America with 45,000 congregations and 16 million members, says it will now urge its followers to leave the Scouts, reports CNN. The Boy Scouts says Baptist churches currently sponsor nearly 4,000 units, containing more than 100,000 kids.

The Southern Baptist Convention will vote on a resolution to disaffiliate with the Scouts this month, and a spokesperson says he expects 99% of people to vote in support of it. "Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse," he says. The resolution will be non-binding, so it will still be up to individual congregations to decide whether to stay or leave. Southern Baptists have their own youth organization called the Royal Ambassadors, which awards merit badges for mission work and memorizing bible verses, in addition to camping and hiking. The denomination says it's expecting a surge in new recruits.

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Jun 6, 2013 1:12 AM CDT
Hi Liber, I hear that Westboro Baptist might have an opening! Unfortunately Jim Jones would have let you in but they ran out of grape KoolAid before the invitations were sent out. Same with the Branch Davidians... (you can always hope?)
Jun 4, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
Good riddance Southern Baptists! Don't let the door knob get stuck in your ass on your way out...Jesus wouldn't stand for that. I think "y'all" know it's a new millennium, just not the second millennium.
Jun 4, 2013 1:32 AM CDT
Nonsense? The Church of Rome under the guidance of Emperor Constantine decided what would and what would not be in the New Testament. The Bishops whom were invited to Nicea by Constantine in 341 AD were the ones who butchered the New Testament. There were 102 Gospels written but only 4 met the criteria suggested by the Emperor. The only Gospels that spake of the Birth and Death of Christ were placed in the New Testament. Those are the 4 Canonical Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Now, The Gospel of Thomas is a list of Quotations from Christ. The Church of Rome considers it Heresy to this day. We all know the quotation "Give unto Ceasar, what is Ceasar's, Give unto God what is God's," but what is missing is the third line, "Give unto Me what is Mine". Now this is what intrigues my minister wife... And this isn't the only editing that the Church of Rome did. "Religion is a manmade institution, created by the few, in order to control the many. Spirituality is of God." Ambrose of Milan. If you want to know what the New Testament says before the Church of Rome butchered it, you will need a copy of the Aramaic New Testament. This is a line by line translation from the language of Jesus. By the way, you can buy it from It was the lingua franca of that era. Also Judas of Iscariot wrote an authenticated Gospel telling something rather different about the betrayal of Jesus.