Appleton’s Faith Lutheran Church will end ties with the local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts chapter, saying its beliefs do not align with the Boy Scouts of America.
The group cites a decision by the Boy Scouts of America, made last July, which announced the organization will allow openly gay leaders in its chapters.
Faith Lutheran Church has been the chartering organization for Appleton’s Boy Scouts for around sixty years.
Scouts were told they would need to find a new home to hold weekly meetings and annual events by June 1.
The national organization’s decision to allow openly gay adult leaders led the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod to end its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, advising thousands of its churches across the country to do the same.
In a statement to Action 2 News, Faith Lutheran in Appleton cites that announcement, as part of their decision.
They say, “Our belief is that God loves all people, straight and gay alike; but God has also revealed in His Word that not all behavior is acceptable. Therefore, we cannot condone or support any behavior that is contrary to God’s will for us, contrary to His Word.”
The local council of Boy Scouts of America responded in a statement, saying, “It is important to note that the overwhelming majority of our members, families and chartered organizations remain committed to Scouting. The BSA has been a vital part of youth development in this region for generations and will continue our ongoing service to youth and families.”
The local council says they have already identified other possible organizations to partner with and services to the scouts will not be disrupted.