A Minnesota church is ending its sponsorship of a Cub Scouts troop because of the Boy Scouts of America decision in May to allow gay youth to be scouts.
“I know it will come across that we’re not loving and we don’t want homosexuals around – and that’s not the message that we want conveyed,” Pastor Mark Loder of St. John Lutheran Church in Winsted told KSTP.
To the Delano Herald Journal, he said: “It’s often spun that we’re shunning homosexuals, and that’s not it, at all,” Loder said. “I, myself, have friends who are homosexual. But, they also know that I believe it is sinful behavior, no different than the sins I deal with on a daily basis.”
Loder said his church would look for a scouting alternative that actively bars gays from serving such as On My Honor. That group was created by John Helmberger, the president of the Florida Family Policy Council, a group that is opposed to LGBT rights in Florida.
He recently said that the Boy Scouts decision to allow gay scouts would “create a wave of boy-on-boy sexual abuse” as straight scouts will “be preyed upon” by their gay peers.
St. John Lutheran Church is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.