Boy Scouts of America, Seattle church spar over gay scoutmaster

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has banned a Seattle, Washington church from hosting a Boy Scouts troop for violating the organization’s policy against gay scoutmaster.

The Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is no longer authorized to offer the scouting program and the BSA chose a new chartered organization to sponsor Boy Scouts, BSA spokesman Deron Smith said on Monday.

The BSA revoked Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath’s registration on March 31 but the church continued to house or charter Pack and Troop 98 with McGrath as the troop leader.

It’s a part of our values that the spirit of inclusion is also reflected in the Boy Scout Troop we charter. The congregation stands with Geoff, because his work with this troop reflects the spirit and the values of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church,” said Monica Corsaro, pastor at Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, in a statement, according to Seattle PI.

A total 39 state legislators signed a letter lauding the church’s support for McGrath.

The church is now considering suing the BSA.

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