Anchorage Pastor Kicks Out Boy Scout Troop: ‘No Homosexual Will Enter the Kingdom of God’

The Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage, Alaska has kicked out Boy Scout Troop 1316 and Cub Scout Pack 316 over the organization's decision to allow gay youth, the Anchorage Daily News reports:

PrevoThe church's decision came now, months later, because "we were just hoping there would be enough repercussions that the Boy Scouts might reconsider, and they haven't," the church's chief pastor, Rev. Jerry Prevo, said Thursday.

Prevo said he wasn't worried about backlash. The Bible's message is plain, he said: "No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God."

Rev. Tom Cobaugh, the Baptist Temple's education minister who serves as liaison with the Boy Scout troop, later clarified the decision:

"Troop 1316 and Pack 316 were ministries of the Anchorage Baptist Temple," Cobaugh wrote. "ABT has not changed its position because the Bible has not changed its position on sexuality (see Leviticus 18:22, I Corinthians 6:9). The BSA has changed. They caved on their position because of political pressure and the threat that it may affect their bottom line financially, through donations and/or their tax-exempt status."


  1. Gigi says

    Make you your minds Xtians! If you support
    Leviticus 18:22 then you must also support Leviticus 20:9-10, right? Children who curse their parents and adulterers must be STONED TO DEATH! What’s that? The one about The Gays still applies but not the other two.
    Figures. Hypocrites!

  2. Onnyjay says

    Proving yet again that Alaska is nothing more than a haven for misfits and malcontents. “Education” minister indeed, more like minister of brainwashing. Literalizing the bible and creating rigid responses to changing realities will kill what’s left of christianity. Freddie Phelps would be proud.

  3. CPT_Doom says

    Apparently this congregation was fine with the Boy Scouts when they allowed Mormon, but not gay, members. So, according to these good “Christians,” it is absolutely fine to reject God and worship Satan through the Mormon cult, but you can’ be gay. That’s a breakdown of the relative “badness” of sin I hadn’t heard before.

  4. Geoff says

    “No homosexual will enter the kingdom of God”. Really?! Promise?! Phew!!! Nasty, stinky ole imaginary delusion of the severely mentally-ill. Praze Jeebus!!!!

  5. Paul B. says

    A baptist from alaska…that’s two strikes against him…and this god fetish makes it three.

  6. AKChris says

    Anybody who bashes Alaska ^^ is just a bleating airbag. There are plenty of great people and the place isn’t known as the Greatland for nothing.

    This guy is evil incarnate. He is the moneychanger in the temple. He is the Pharisee. But the best part about this story is that the media framed the conversation by talking about the group Christians For Equality who are making change up here.

    As much as an ass Jerry Prevo is, he is the architect of his own demise.

  7. northalabama says

    it’s the best thing to happen to those scouts. why risk polluting their young minds with the bs being fed by that “church”?

    they will find another sponsor, and will be better for it. all scouts would be better off away from these delusional hypocrites. our tax dollars subsidize this sh!t?

  8. Continuum says

    Another day, yet another time I have to email a bigoted pastor and tell him how much his actions disgust me.

  9. chuck says

    This guy’s even worse than the “love the sinner–hate the sin” crowd.
    I wish the bible came in bigger sizes. I always hate patching together pages for birdcage liner.

  10. Hue-Man says

    Like his spiritual leader, he probably looked out his window and got inspiration from Russia. He’s also lining up to get the Mike Huckabee Gay Concentration Camps contract – “if you can beat them, you can freeze them”.

    This week’s slogan: “Pray away the gay – or else!”

  11. Stephen says

    Well, do we not expect this kind of actions from a CHRISTIAN ? They are after all the most judgmental, bigoted, hypocritical, and most nonintellectual of all humans.

  12. DannyEastVillage says

    if he’s whose gonna be in the Kingdom then I’m with Archbishop Tutu–I’ll take the other place.

  13. DannyEastVillage says

    Now be fair, to Alaska, guys: most of us wouldn’t have given Alaska a thought if it weren’t for John McCain.

  14. Chaz says

    I just announced my gay marriage to a crowded church filled with the kindest Episcopalian liberals you could hope to meet. Most over them are seniors and many are over eighty and I couldn’t move for congratulations afterward.True Christians. Don’t let this scoundrel blacken their names.

  15. Chaz says

    I just announced my gay marriage to a crowded church filled with the kindest Episcopalian liberals you could hope to meet. Most over them are seniors and many are over eighty and I couldn’t move for congratulations afterward.True Christians. Don’t let this scoundrel blacken their names.

  16. anon says

    Considering there are thousands of preachers in the country, I don’t expect them to be all nice, but his congregation should shout him down in part for his attitude. If his entire congregation feels as he does then it’s no wonder he feels free to issue such a statement.

  17. says


    *face. palm*

    gotta love a “translated by bigots, for bigots” bible, eh?

    yes. homosexual. a 20th century term which like totes existed back then. no way it’s a replacement-word for the original which referenced rapists and pederasts. no, no way.

    while he’s at it up there, can he help kill Sarah Palin’s daughter-in-law? she’s marrying her son, but she’s already pregnant. bible says that’s a sin punishable by death. so get on it.

    also, if Bristol ever tries to marry, throw rocks at her. bible says to.

  18. Maleka says

    Steve: I am a Christian and an Episcopalian and don’t consider myself scum. Our church welcomes all and has done so for years. You need to choose your words wisely and not generalize. I am NOT a fundamentalist!

  19. Michaelandfred says

    Nowhere in the bible does it say “no homosexual will enter the kingdom of god.” Unless it happens to be a new and improved evangelical bastardized rendition for idiots.

  20. Steve says

    The only thing so-called “progressive” Christians do is give cover to the fundamentalist ones. At the core, your beliefs are exactly the same. You believe in unproven, supernatural nonsense and let that nonsense guide your life. And then you want respect for that. If belief in the supernatural were ridiculed as a matter of course, fundamentalists wouldn’t have any ground to stand on.

  21. Bill says

    [ not posted by the same person using “Bill” as a name above ]

    Jesus was supposed to have said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Aside from the Catholic priests who have taken this in a different sense than what was intended, we can assume that Jesus is not welcome in this preacher’s church. Jesus did not add, “except for children under the auspices of organizations covered in Section 3, Paragraph 2 regarding organizations half-heartedly trying to recover from homophobia.”

  22. Bill says

    Maybe he thinks “homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of God” because they are all going to fairyland, which is fabulous.

    (Also, I recently saw Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, where a group of fairies run rings around the House of Lords. One character was only half fairy – from the waist up, so the top half of him could go through a keyhole while the bottom half would get stuck. At the end, the fairies [all women] marry the lords, and they all fly off to Fairyland while the House of Lords gets refilled with people who attain the position based on merit, not birth – a radical notion at the time, if not today as well!)

  23. Maleka says

    Steve: Do NOT judge me. I do no cover for the fundamentalists. Go back and read your history of the mideast. It’s obvious that you have some inner demons you need to work on. You are extremely judgemental and have a closed mind. There are many things in organized religion I do not believe in. My foundation is based on Episcopalian teachings and I strive to live my life that way. To be kind to my fellow man and not to judge other people. Though this has been very difficult at times, I feel I have had some measure of success. My landlord is Jordanian, I have friends that are Jews, Catholics, Muslims, and yes, Buddhists. I may not agree with their religious beliefs but I listen to them with an open mind and never condemn them.

  24. Mike Ryan says

    Big surprise when the church’s chief pastor, Rev. Jerry Prevo, faces that big white light of death, huh? Every gay person ever born will be standing there waiting to bar him for his bigotry! Ha Ha!

  25. Steve says

    Spare me your Christianese babbling. I didn’t say you did it consciously. But by trying to make organized religion acceptable, no matter how benign, you legitimize all of it.

  26. DebbieoftheNorth says

    Gay civil rights was defeated in Anchorage last year. Even though it was expected to win, it lost by a large margin and Jerry Prevo was victorious.

    Why? Because the proposed law was altered from being a gay civil rights law to one covering “transgender identity”. Note that the law didn’t prohibit discrimination based on “gender identity but on “transgender identity” which means that a transgender could discriminate against others but no one could discriminate against a transgender. The “LGBT” proponents of this bill ran ads starring a particularly creepy-looking “transman”. Not surprisingly, the opponents focused on this and it failed by a big margin.

    All of this crap was grafted onto a legitimate gay rights proposal that we had been fighting to pass for 36 years. We had a great opportunity to finally pass this and protect all workers in Anchorage from discriminaton regardless of sexual orientation. And everything was lost because we have “LBGT” activists who tell us that no gay civil rights should pass unless it has provisions covering straight transsexuals. Gay rights don’t rate on their own. It will probably be a decade before we can try again.

  27. Icebloo says

    Grow the fu$k up ! There is no heaven and there is no hell. It’s all fiction. There is no after life or fairies or pixies. Life is here and now so DEAL WITH IT !

  28. Ray T says

    That is not what Jesus said. He said. “When you make the inner as the outer, the above as the below and the MALE AND THE FEMALE ONE AND THE SAME, SO THE MALE IS NOT MALE AND THE FEMALE IS NOT FEMALE.” Then do you enter the Kingdom of Heaven. … Gospel of Thomas

  29. Ray T says

    That is not what Jesus said. He said. “When you make the inner as the outer, the above as the below and the MALE AND THE FEMALE ONE AND THE SAME, SO THE MALE IS NOT MALE AND THE FEMALE IS NOT FEMALE.” Then do you enter the Kingdom of Heaven. … Gospel of Thomas

  30. ali says

    AKChris: Don’t let the idiots get you down. Those of us living in the South constantly hear variations of: “What do you expect? is full of backwards homophobes.”

    It’s disturbing that member of an oppressed minority are so quick to use stereotypes based on geography. Hate is everywhere, as evidenced by the fact that several of the most recent violent hate crimes happened in the supposedly cosmopolitan cities of New York and Los Angeles.

  31. Rob says

    I am not surprised by this, I use to be a baptist, I am not anymore and this is one of the many reasons I am not. They are some of the most intolerant churches there are. But if you push back even a little they are crying all the way to Washington. So start pushing back.

  32. andrew says

    Just more primitive “holy bible” nonsense being used to hurt people the users hate. The bible is a primitive cafeteria where haters go to pick and choose the hateful things they agree with and pass on those they don’t. The bible says that all those who work on the Sabbath should be stoned to death. Yep, Yahweh told Moses that the man caught gathering wood on the Sabbath should be killed. I wonder how many fundamentalists would be among the living if this primitive teaching was observed.

  33. Mmike1969 says

    So this bigot thinks the entire Troop is gay so he kicks them out? Not very “Christian” of this fool. Judge much?

  34. woodroad34d says

    Oooo, they eye of the needle is looking mighty small to him. And, grandma, what a big log you have in your eye.

  35. L Goethe says

    does he and other like him actually believe that gays were not in the scouts before the new ruling
    heck i know gays who were taught very well by scouters AND especially by scout leader …..
    how HOW horrendously Biblical

  36. JT says

    Maybe now all those parents can get their children involved in the Boys and Girls Club of America (Alaska) where they don’t discriminate against any child because of religion!
    The real cause of this is that the Baptists ran out of money to sponsor the clubs. They are better off without the hate and bigotry this “church” promotes.
    Prevo conveniently uses the Baptist’s made up bible and the gays as a scapegoat.

  37. Junior says

    Are these Christians still burnin woman, prostitutes and ‘witches’ alive? Yo know they want to (and would) if they could

  38. LiveYoLife says

    My heart breaks for the gay children who have parents that listen to this man, or men like these…and there ARE gay children crying themselves to sleep as we speak, due to their parents taking the word of crazies like this man as gospel. Shame!

  39. Jeremy says

    Can someone pull up ALL the violence spewed in the Bible?

    There’s a whole lotta hatred in that book. But shhhh. We have to be super silent about it because according to religious people, religion has to be sacred to all of us (FAIL!)

  40. Tom Chicago says

    I’m increasingly annoyed that thugs like Mr. Pervo, or whatever his name is, can cloak their bile with a tax-exempt status. He is going to use this stance to cry for money, tax-free money.

  41. Carl says

    I too worry about the LGBT youth who’s guardians and parents attend this church and who have to endure years of torment due to this man’s evil words.

  42. Ken says

    Just putting in my two cents for the 49th state. I spent 6 wonderful years there. Ascribing characteristics to an entire state based on the actions of a few is immature, at best.

  43. Sam says

    Actually, scripture is utterly silent on whether homosexuals will enter into the Kingdom of God, but Jesus himself does say in scripture “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” I’ll await the banishment of wealthy persons from this man’s church.

  44. AKConstant says

    The government of Alaska Doesn’t have to pay people to be here. And keep talking about stuff you know nothing about, because it proves how very little you know.

  45. adedamola says

    What a noble and bold stand, Man of God;

    And to d Gay folks out there; this is what d Lord ur Creator has to tell u (believe it or not):

    Leviticus 18:22 ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 6:9 ¶ Do you not know that …. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

    Romans 1:27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (NKJV)

    Please keep the flag of the truth flying…

  46. andrew says

    @ADEDAMOLA: When was the last time that you encouraged your fellow bible thumpers to stone to death all who work on the Sabbath as your primitive book requires? When was the last time you called for the stoning to death of those who curse their parents, commit adultery and worship gods other than the jealous yahweh? Or are you just another hater who uses the bible like a cafeteria, picking out those things that you can use against those you hate and ignoring the things you don’t agree with or don’t have the courage in a civilized society to call for? PHONY!!!

  47. Jerry6 says

    RE: L GOETHE Yes, there were gays in the Scouts in the 1930s and 1940’s. I know because I was in the Gay Patrol in my Troop. And you know what? Nobody cared: Not the other Scouts, or ANY Parents.

  48. millerbeach says

    Another ugly pastor saying ugly things…is this what Jesus would do? No. They are wrong. So far from the teachings of Jesus, it is comical. Don’t claim to be a pastor if you can’t live like Jesus did. What a total hypocrite.

  49. analaskan says

    Perhaps a bit of information before you dump on an entire State commenters?

    Jerry Privo is originally from Tennessee, not an Alaskan by any means. He wields great power and influence over his mostly transplanted-from-other-States flock.

    In contrast, our Alaska-born-and-bred Republican Senator, Lisa Murkowski fully supports marriage equality (not just civil unions – the real deal).

    How many of your States have pro-marriage Republican Senators?
    I’ll give you a hint- unless you live here, Illinois, or Ohio- you’re outta luck.

  50. Christo C says

    I am a christian & gay… And all the glory and praise to Jesus Christ, for He is the only way …