In the continuing feud over an openly gay Scoutmaster, the BSA told a Seattle-area church it can no longer serve as home base for a troop after the church said the scoutmaster, George McGrath, could stay on as leader.
Boy Scouts honchos are feuding with a Seattle-area church over its support for a troop leader the organization canned for being openly gay last month.
The organization on Sunday told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church it can no longer serve as home base for newly formed scout Troop 98 after the church said Scoutmaster George McGrath could stay on in his role as leader, NBC News reported.
The 49-year-old McGrath was made scoutmaster last fall, around the same time BSA voted to accept gay youth into its fold.
But the organization decided to continue its ban on gay troop leaders and revoked the married Seattle Eagle Scout’s membership on March 31.
The BSA said McGrath “deliberately injected” his sexuality into scouting and attempting to further a “personal agenda,” NBC News reported.
Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said the organization was “saddened” to have to turn its back on the Rainier Beach church.
“Because the church no longer agrees to the terms of the BSA chartered organization agreement, which includes following BSA policies, it is no longer authorized to offer the Scouting program,” Smith said.
SOURCE: PHILIP CAULFIELD
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS