Boy Scouts' transgender policy 'sad,' 'predicted'

By Tom Strode - Posted at Baptist Press:

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Boy Scouts' decision to include girls who identify as boys in their programs is a tragic but predictable step, said conservative Christian leaders.

"Tragically, the Boy Scouts seem to be continuing their trajectory toward embracing the moral priorities of the Sexual Revolution," said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "Many of us predicted that earlier decisions by the organization were the beginning of an organizational reinvention and hoped we were wrong. Those fears have now been justified.

"The church must be absolutely clear about God's good and beautiful design for men and women, even when our most cherished public institutions fail to do so," Moore told Baptist Press in written comments.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday (Jan. 30) it would accept transgender members. In a written statement, the BSA said it would no longer base eligibility for its programs on a child's birth certificate but on the gender identity designated in applying for acceptance.

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