(RNS) — When I see a Boy Scout uniform today, I am transported back to the Pacific Northwest where my innocence is stolen again. This is the nature of trauma — the painful gift that keeps on giving without consent.
"The parallels are in the power dynamics," said one victim struggling, again, with the memory of being abused by a priest. "It puts the victim at a horrible disadvantage."
(RNS) 'Where many people would say that they’re leaving Boy Scouts, we have many others that are saying that the Boy Scouts left them,' Trail Life USA's CEO said.
(Reuters) The move bucks a more-than-century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.
SALT LAKE CITY – After the Scouts voted to accept openly gay leaders last month, the LDS Church said it "considering creating its own international program for boys, separate from the Boy Scouts of America."
LOUISVILLE — Greg Bourke, who helped win the right of gays and lesbians to marry, said he learned Tuesday (Aug. 4) that he still can’t be a Boy Scout leader in a local Catholic parish troop.
The resolution, which includes a provision allowing religious groups that sponsor troops to continue the ban, was approved by the BSA executive committee and moves to a national board vote July 27.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Taking aim at the Boy Scouts of America's continuing ban on gay adult leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder called the prohibition "a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding."
After the Boy Scouts of America decided to open their ranks to (openly) gay members last May, the American Conservatives noted blogger Rod Dreher confidently predicted a schism in scouting ranks of biblical -- well, of Mainline Protestant -- proportions. So why didn't it happen?
(RNS) While expected, the Southern Baptists' statement against gay Boy Scouts stopped far short of calling for an all-out boycott, as they did in 1997 with the Walt Disney Co. to combat what they saw as the company's gay-friendly policies.
New data reveals that America's largest Protestant denomination is declining. What must they do to stop the bleeding?
The Southern Baptist Convention, whose 3,981 Scout troops make it the BSA's sixth-largest religious sponsor, plans to address the issue at its annual meeting in Houston, June 11-12.
(RNS) As of next January, gay boys will be able to join the Boy Scouts of America, but one group continues to face a longstanding ban that's unlikely to change anytime soon: atheists and nonbelievers.
(RNS) Roman Catholics, who are the third-largest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the U.S., have remained quiet on a proposed policy change to allow gay Scouts. That may be because Catholics are as split as the general population on the question of homosexuality in the Boy Scouts of America.
(RNS) As the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to change its membership policy to admit gay members, some alternative church-based groups are fielding inquiries from people concerned about the action.
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