Asbury debating Boy Scouts new policy

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 6/05/2013 1:08 pm Published: 6/05/2013 10:51 am

Tulsa's largest United Methodist Church may end up dropping the Boy Scouts.

Church leaders are trying to decide what to do after the organization changed its policy to allow openly gay boys to participate in scouting.

The scouting board at Asbury United Methodist Church held a meeting on Monday to start discussing whether to continue sponsoring Boy Scouts.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rev.Tom Harrison told FOX23 they're exploring their options and haven't made a decision yet.

He expressed his frustrations with what he called a politicized issue, he said, "Scouting ought to be about scouting and I don't know what sexual orientation has to do with scouting."

Harrison said as a denomination the United Methodist Church does not condone homosexuality and believes the practice is incompatible with Christian teaching. He also said church policy denounces homophobia.

FOX23 reached out to the local boy scouts and received this statement from the CEO of the Indian Nations Council:

"While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in scouting. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things foryouth," the statement read.

The Boy Scouts' policy to allow homosexual boys to participate takes effect in January. That gives Asbury and other churches time to decide whether they want to continue sponsoring the organization

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Baloo Uriza - 6/5/2013 9:11 PM
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The irony is that if they stop sponsoring it, they'll be the ones politicizing sexuality in Scouting.

Unwashed Mass - 6/5/2013 1:50 PM
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Sounds like Westboro Baptist cult.
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