Boy Scouts Revoke Church's Scout Charter Over Refusal To Fire Gay Scoutmaster
A Seattle Methodist church is standing firmly behind gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath, who has refused to resign from his post as Scoutmaster despite the Boy Scouts of America revoking the charter of Scout Troop 98 and Pack 98 for their refusal to remove the gay Scout leader. The BSA previously revoked McGrath's status as a Scoutmaster.
From Scouts For Equality:
The controversy surrounding Troop 98 emerged in March, when an NBC News report on the inclusive troop prompted the BSA to question the sexual orientation of Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath. McGrath, abiding by the Scout’s commitment to trustworthiness, acknowledged his sexual orientation to the BSA, which in turn, responded by revoking McGrath’s status as Scoutmaster.
Since then, support for McGrath has been overwhelmingly positive. The entire Seattle City Council, as well as more than 20 Washington State legislators, have expressed their support for Rainier Beach United Methodist Church’s right to determine its own leadership for McGrath’s ability to remain a Scoutmaster. Most important, RBUMC Rev. Dr. Monica Corsaro has stood by McGrath and has refused to remove him from his post. BSA is taking this action in direct contradiction to the inclusive religious beliefs and wishes of Rainer Beach Methodist Church.
“Based on our religious principles, we will continue to act as an autonomous church that does not discriminate,” said Rev. Corsaro. “We will continue to have our Troop meetings here, every Thursday night, with business as usual.”
Awesome to see the church showing their allegiance to McGrath through action and not bending to the dangerous discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
As explained by Zach Wahls:
“The Boy Scouts’ decisions only serve to hurt a group of boys who need the values and leadership of someone like Scoutmaster McGrath,” said Zach Wahls, Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, a national organization dedicated to ending the BSA’s ban on gay members and leaders. “Unfortunately, the BSA’s decision calls into question its commitment to leadership and values by perpetuating an outmoded policy rooted in fear and discrimination. History will show that today’s announcement is a self-inflicted wound.”
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