Local Baptist pastor says his church will continue supporting Boy Scouts

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 6:00 PM

NORFOLK -- The pastor at Norview Baptist Church in Norfolk  says he will not break his relationship with the Boy Scout troops his church supports, despite the opinion of Southern Baptist church.

Recently, some churches around the country have decided to discontinue support for the Boy Scouts of America, due to the organization's decision to accept gay members. 

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America with 45,000 congregations and 16 million members, says it will now urge its followers to leave the Scouts, reports CNN.

Norview Baptist Church Pastor Michael Smith says members have had their Eagle Scout ceremonies at their church, and while they don't compromise on what they see as sin, they will always support their members.

President of Tidewater Boy Scouts of America Council Bill Deany says he wants every church to do what they feel is right but, "I feel that the message of the Boy Scouts is very misunderstood."

Deany says locally, Baptist churches sponsor about 10 percent of the scout troops in the area.  So far, he does not know of any churches that have dropped sponsorship of local troops.

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