Alliance Defending Freedom is providing guidance to churches on the legal ramifications of the Boy Scouts of America’s change to its long-standing membership policy. In May, the BSA executive committee changed the policy so that it now allows Scouts to be of any “sexual orientation or preference.” Many churches sponsor Boy Scout troops.
ADF senior counsel David Cortman said “Churches have an obligation to retain their values and teach biblically based morality. “They are not the ones who are abandoning the Boy Scouts. Rather, it is the Boy Scouts who have chosen to abandon the centuries-old moral and religious principles that formed a shared bond between BSA and religious groups.”
ADF warns a church that chooses to maintain ties with BSA could face forfeiting the ability to teach biblical principles of sexual morality.