scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Episcopal Church News
Bill Nelson (bnelson45@HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 11 2000 - 10:33:08 CDT
In other action, the House of Deputies voted 63 percent to "strongly
encourage" its church-sponsored Boy Scout troops to accept members and
adult leaders "irrespective of sexual orientation." A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling said Scouts could exclude homosexuals.
Some argued that pressuring the Boy Scouts to accept gays could cause the organization to close down its extensive network of Episcopal-sponsored troops.
"The scouting program is one that works. We do not need to tamper with it," said Walter Virden, a former scout leader from Fort Worth, Texas.
Lay deputy James Bradberry supported the measure, observing that the
church's inclusive atmosphere would eventually permeate the church's
extensive scouting network anyway: "This is not rocket science," he said. "Above all, let's keep the Scouts in the church. That's where we want them and where we can effect change."
The matter must now go to the House of Bishops for approval. [possibly today]