The Anchorage Baptist Temple, located in the US Western state Alaska, has canceled its Boy Scouts sponsorship because the Boy Scouts of America now allow open gay members.
According to the church’s chief pastor, Rev. Jerry Prevo, the decision took so long because there were hopes BSA would reconsider.
As for any repercussions about the change, Prevo is not worried.
‘No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God,’ the reverend said to the Anchorage Daily News.
According to a local organization called Christians for Equality other community organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska and Congregation Beth Sholom, are offering space for Boy Scout Troop 1316 and Cub Scout Pack 316 to meet.
Ten Anchorage churches are part of Christians for Equality.
Phyllis Rhodes, executive director of Anchorage’s Identity, Inc. and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, attacked Prevo’s decision.
‘It’s unfortunate that he lets his bigotry displace children,’ Rhodes said to the newspaper. ‘It’s hard enough to be a kid and then to have an organization that you are a part of kicked out of their space.’
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