Boy Scout Troop 169 in Mooresville, N.C. will soon be looking for a new home.
After a decade with the Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as its home base, the group was recently told it was being ousted. The reason? The Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to accept transgender scouts.
Pastor Andrew Shoger told the Charlotte Observer he knows the boys of the troop – and its younger, affiliated Cub Scout group – will be hurt by the church’s decision. He also knows they had nothing to do with the Boy Scout organization’s policy change. But it’s a matter of principle, he said.
“Quite simply, we cannot partner with an organization that embraces what God’s Word clearly labels as sin,” Shoger said.
The Mooresville troop isn’t the first in North Carolina to face a church ouster since the policy change. In February a megachurch in Cumberland County severed ties with the BSA for the same reason.
Groups like the N.C. Values Coalition – which recently rallied conservatives against an HB2 repeal under any circumstances – have been encouraging parents to pull their children out of scouting and churches to sever ties with the organization.
“The Boy Scouts were founded in part to foster the healthy development of masculinity and morals among boys,” the coalition said in statement on the issue. “It is sad to see an important institution that has served over 110 million individuals buckle beneath the weight of political correctness.
Several years ago, when court documents revealed North Carolina Boy Scout troops actively covered up rape and sexual molestation over the course of several decades, there was no such push from conservative or religious groups for the severing of ties with the BSA. A number of the men involved in those cases went on to rape and abuse other children.