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NC Conservatives to Churches: Weigh Booting Boy Scouts Over Transgender Rule

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A group of Boy Scouts look on during The Star Spangled Banner at the R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 17, 2016. (Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Wednesday, 01 Feb 2017 12:39 PM

A grassroots network of North Carolinians who promote family values is asking churches to reconsider their support of Boy Scout troops following the group's decision to admit transgender youths.

"The Boy Scouts were founded in part to foster the healthy development of masculinity and morals among boys," the Raleigh-based NC Values Coalition said in a statement. "It is sad to see an important institution that has served over 110 million individuals buckle beneath the weight of political correctness."

"This act violates the Scout Oath which forms the core of the institution: 'On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.'"

Earlier this week, the Boy Scouts of America announced an about-face of a century-old policy and said it would accept members based on the gender listed on their application, which will allow transgender boys to join.

"For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs," the BSA said.

"However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state."

The BSA had been under heavy criticism for booting a transgender boy from a New Jersey troop last year.

The NC Values Coalition said the Boy Scouts had "lost their way" and appealed to churches "to do two things: Contact the BSA with your concerns [and] Consider faith-friendly alternatives to the BSA, such as Trail Life USA."

Trail Life USA, a national character development organization for young men based in Belton, S.C., reacted to the Boy Scouts' new directive by saying it was not changing its own "principles and truths":

"We don't want boys psychologically, spiritually, and possibly physically scarred by the confusing message being presented by the BSA. We don't want boys or girls subjected to compromising situations on outings in an environment where reasonable precautions are no longer enforceable," the group said.

"We don't want churches drawn into dangerous legal territory and forced to embrace what they believe is sin because they have a formal alliance with an organization that has no such beliefs."

The national Girl Scouts organization — not affiliated with the Boy Scouts — has accepted transgender members for years, The Charlotte Observer reports.

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