News of Note: Kentucky Mega Church Dropping Its Support of Boy Scouts; DOJ Asking Its Employees to Affirm Homosexuality; British Authorities Arresting Those Making Threats Against Muslims on Social Media (UPDATED: Reports that SBC Churches Will Drop Boy Scouts In Masse After June Convention; Roswell Street Baptist Church Drops Boy Scouts)

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1. Boy Scouts Fall Out (UPDATED June 4)

“Churches move to cut ties to Scouts after gay policy change” – More churches plan to cut ties with Boy Scouts after historic decision. (Religion News Service)

“We are not willing to compromise God’s word,” said Easley, pastor of the 2,300-member Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., which has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 204 since 1945. (Ernest) Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, said his church will shut down its troop at end of the year because of a recently adopted policy to allow openly gay scouts. He’s urging other Baptists to do the same. Roswell Street is one of the first churches to cut ties with the Scouts over the new policy. Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, a 23,000-member megachurch, has also announced plans to shut down its troop. Other critics of the new policy, which doesn’t take effect until January 2014, are taking a wait-and-see approach.” – Bob Smietana, Religion News Service/USA Today

“Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scouts” – CNN reports that Baptist churches will leave Boy Scouts after Southern Baptist Convention meeting after convention next week. (CNN)

“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. – Daniel Burke quoting SBC’s Richard Land, CNN

“The BSA Fallout Begins…” – Claire Healey on churches cutting ties with the Boy Scouts. (The American Spectator)

“California senators vote to strip Boy Scouts of tax-exempt status” – California senators pass bill stripping Boy Scouts of tax exempt status. (Washington Post)

“California senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would strip the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in the state. They’re not happy with the group’s recent vote on gay membership, saying it didn’t go far enough.” – Cheryl Chumley, Washington Post

“After vote allowing gay kids to become Boy Scouts, some families call it quits” – Family quits Boy Scouts after BSA decision. (MSNBC)

“Aaron Butler, the leader of his 8-year-old son Evan’s Cub Scout Wolf den in Roseau, Minn., said he didn’t explain to his eldest son exactly why they were walking away from an organization they loved so much, but he told NBC News that it was because of last week’s controversial decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youth to participate. “It was a big disappointment. He cried for about 10 minutes because I told him that Boy Scouts were not honoring their own law,” (Aaron) Butler said, referring to the BSA oath that he interpreted as barring gay people. “They say it — ‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep [myself] physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight,’” he said. “If the BSA cannot honor its own law, then how can I stay with an organization that just does not care anymore?” he said. As many Scouts and families rejoiced over the BSA’s decision to partly end the membership guidelines that had drawn criticism from supporters of LGBT rights both inside and outside the organization, many others decried the move, with some BSA members making the tough choice to pull out of one of the nation’s most popular youth organizations. “I feel pretty bad about it,” Evan told NBC News, noting he liked the camp-outs, and archery and slingshot activities he enjoyed in Pack 56. He said that he understood there was a vote that led to his parents’ decision. He explained that he understood it as: “It was between honor and God, and not honoring God. And [not] honoring God got more votes.” – Miranda S. Leitsinger, MSNBC

“Alabama Churches Boycott Boy Scouts” – ABC News interview with Alabama pastor Greg Walker who asked boy scout troop to stop meeting at his church after BSA decision to allow openly gay members. (YouTube)

“Ala. Boy Scout Troop Gains Support After Being Booted Out by Church” – Alabama pastor asks boy scout troop to leave church over BSA decision. (Christian Post)

“Some Churches Say They’ll Cut Ties to Boy Scouts Following Its Lifting Ban on Gay Scouts” - Pastors state that some churches will cut ties with Boy Scouts. (ABC News)

“Leave Boy Scouts, pastor advises parents” - Atlanta SBC pastor tells congregation to leave Boy Scouts. Pastor’s church has been affiliated with BSA since 1945. (Baptist Press)

“Parents of Boy Scouts should remove their children from the organization, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley advised in his Sunday sermon. Troop 204’s affiliation with Roswell Street Baptist Church also will end, Easley said. “I never dreamed I’d have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts,” Easley told Baptist Press May 28. “If you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed,” Easley said. “And even as I was saying it Sunday morning, I thought, I cannot believe I’m having to address this and encourage parents to pull their children out of the Boy Scouts of America. “Unbelievable.” The tie between Roswell Street Baptist Church and Troop 204 dates back to 1945.” – Art Toalston

“Kentucky church is dropping its scouting program” – USA Today reports that Kentucky mega church is dropping Boy Scouts from its program. (USA Today)

“Megachurch Pastor Says Evangelicals Will Likely Turn to Boy Scout Alternatives” - Harry Reeder III of Briarwood Presbyterian Church states that evangelicals will look for Boy Scout alternatives. (Christian Post)

“When a church holds to a biblical social ethic of sex only between a man and a woman in monogamous marriage, it cannot support an organization that opposes that,” (Harry) Reeder said, according to al.com. “That would introduce sexual anarchy into the teaching of the church. There will be a significant response from evangelical churches.” – Stoyan Zaimov

“GLAAD Continues Push for Boy Scouts to Allow Openly Homosexual Leaders” – Homosexual group continues the push to allow open homosexual leaders. (Christian News)

“Advice to Christians and Churches Involved in Boy Scouts” – Richard Phillips on why Christians should not remain in the Boy Scouts. (Reformation 21)

“25 Differences Between the Boy Scouts and Christ’s Church” - Dan Delzell gives 25 differences between the Boy Scouts and Christ’s church. (Christian Post)

2. “DOJ Tells Employees to Verbally Affirm Homosexuality” – More on the Department of Justice asking its employees to affirm homosexuality. Todd Starnes of Fox News is reporting about the incident based on the DOJ internal memo and current testimony from a current DOJ employee. (Fox News)

“Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said every American should be outraged by the DOJ orders (affirmation of homosexuality by its employees). “This administration is pushing the most radical, immoral agenda on the American people,” Staver said. “Christians are not merely required to ‘shut up,’ but now they are being coerced to embrace immorality that goes against their sincerely held religious beliefs.” Liberty Counsel is representing an unidentified female DOJ worker in Washington, D.C. who received the brochure. Staver said the woman is terrified she might lose her job unless she publicly affirms homosexuality – and she’s not the only one. “Christians are frightened and terrified of losing their jobs,” Staver told Fox News. “You just can’t keep you head down and do your job. Now you have to become an advocate for the LGBT agenda – and if you don’t – the DOJ will consider that to be intolerant.” – Todd Starnes

3. “Woolwich attack provokes anti-Muslim backlash across UK” – British authorities are arresting those that are making social media threats against Muslims. (Telegraph U.K.)

4. “The Problem of Muslim Leadership” – What is the problem with Muslim leadeship and its inconsistent views of linking Islam with terrorism? (Wall Street Journal)

“Muslim leaders should ask themselves what exactly their relationship is to a political movement that encourages young men to kill and maim on religious grounds. Think of the Tsarnaev brothers and the way they justified the mayhem they caused in Boston. Ponder carefully the words last week of Michael Adebolajo, his hands splashed with blood: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. My friend, the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was murdered in 2004 for having been insufficiently reverent toward Islam. In the courtroom, the killer looked at Theo’s mother and said to her: “I must confess honestly that I do not empathize with you. I do not feel your pain. . . . I cannot empathize with you because you are an unbeliever.” And yet, after nearly a decade of similar rhetoric from Islamists around the world, last week the Guardian newspaper could still run a headline quoting a Muslim Londoner: “These poor idiots have nothing to do with Islam.” Really? Nothing? Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging that there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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