Commentator Says Church Should Sever Ties with Boy Scouts over Transgender Policy

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Commentator Says Church Should Sever Ties with Boy Scouts over Transgender Policy

The Boy Scouts of America recently made the decision to allow girls who identify as boys to join the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

In a column for, Todd Starnes writes that “the time has come for every church and every parent in America to sever ties with the Boy Scouts.”

Starnes argues that, through this policy, the Boy Scouts have abandoned the original purpose for which they were created--to instill morals and good character into boys and young men.

Boy Scouts spokesperson Rebecca Rausch had this to say about the policy change:

“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. 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.”

Starnes also questions how the logistics of this policy will play out. He quotes John Stemberger, chairman of Trail Life USA, an organization similar to the Boy Scouts which is remaining true to biblical values:

“Aside from the fact they are now going to confuse literally hundreds of thousands of young men and boys – you are now going to have further youth protection problems,” Stemberger said. “Facilities and campgrounds are not designed for this type of thing.”

Starnes recommends enrolling boys in Trail Life instead of the Boy Scouts.


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Publication date: January 31, 2017