Religious Bigotry and Prejudice and the Boy Scouts of America

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Although the United States of America was not founded on one religious belief, it was created to establish religious freedom.  When religious bigotry and prejudice enter and oppose the teachings of Jesus Christ, we suffer as a nation and a people.

Although many religions claim to be ‘Christian’, in my experience few follow the teachings of Christ to the letter.  Priests, ministers, and pastors make up their own rules, and control the members of their congregation through forms of mind control.

Friday, a group of Southern Baptist pastors, led by Tim Reed, decided to place themselves in a position superior to the teachings of Christ.  They are using the bible, twisting words, to enforce their personal beliefs, and countermand the intent of God.

“God’s word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin,” said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Reed is creating his own passages, to create religious bigotry and prejudice.

Reed is talking about the vote by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay boys to have membership in the 100 year old organization.

He has ordered the removal of his boys from the Boy Scouts.

“It’s not a hate thing here,” Reed told CNN affiliate Fox 16. “It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.”

Other Baptist ministers will follow.

Because of these pseudo-Christian ministers, as many as 4,000 troops, more than 100,000 boys could be punished and not be allowed to participate in an organization they love.  It doesn’t rub off.

In nine days, the Southern Baptist Convention will be held in Houston, on June 11 and 12.  There are 45,000 congregations, and more than 16 million members who claim to be Christians, and members of the Southern Baptist cult.

“There’s a 100% chance that there will be a resolution about disaffiliation at the convention,” said Richard Land, the longtime head of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, “and a 100% chance that 99% of people will vote for it.”

“Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse,” Land continued.

I would be surprised if they didn’t decide to remove their male children from the organization.  These people oppose Christ’s intent and live in the 1950’s.  These same people believe in ‘creationism’ and not evolution.  They believe all members of the Jewish, Islamic, and Mormon faith are wrong, and theirs is the only true religion.

It may be a positive event for the Boy Scouts, but it will be a sad occasion for as many as 100,000 boys who will no longer be a part of, and share camaraderie with, other boys in a venerable and traditional organization.

Generations create change.  Parents of the present generation continue to harbor bigotry and prejudice, often based on religious instruction.  True, changing attitudes in the south, Texas, and Arizona in matters of racism, bigotry and prejudice, will require more time and more education to change their intolerant mentality, statistics prove that generational changes base their attitudes on familiarity, and intelligent thought.

Roger “Sing” Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, emphasized that local congregations make their own decision on the Scouts.

But he, too, said he expects Baptist delegates, which the church calls “messengers,” to voice their disagreement with the BSA’s decision to allow gay youths.

“With this policy change, the Boy Scouts’ values are contradictory to the basic values of our local churches,” Oldham said.

There is a great deal of misspeak in his comments, but the most egregious, is ‘contradictory to the basic values of our local churches.’  ‘Churches’ in this case means pastors and ministers.  These men have their own agenda, and force their beliefs on thousands of men and women, and disallow their young men any choice in the matter.

When religions become racist and prejudiced, and all too many of them are, they are executing a form of mind control.  Actions taken in the name of ‘Christ’ are nothing less than fallacious.  Christ did not write the bible, in fact, he had nothing to do with it.  What he did teach are the eight beatitudes.  These ministers might try reading them sometime, and attempt to live according to the word of God.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


3 Responses to "Religious Bigotry and Prejudice and the Boy Scouts of America"

  1. Bob Williams   June 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Bigotry? Prejudice? Not at all.

    The LGBT community has systemically attacked BSA in the hopes of having them sell their principles. The LGBT community needs the legitimacy that BSA could bring them. Unfortunately, all they have accomplished is the destruction of BSA. They are too self-centered to help out the BSA and those that have principles are going to leave.

    There’s the truth.

    Boy Scouts of America
    February 8, 1910 – May 23, 2013
    Rest In Peace

    BobWilliams1950 @ hotmail com
    Eagle Scout and Adult Leader

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