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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."

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Chaz | Aug 11, 2013 1:59:55 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 11, 2013 2:03:12 PM

  3. "homosexua"

    *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.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 11, 2013 2:15:10 PM

  4. 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!

    Posted by: Maleka | Aug 11, 2013 2:36:37 PM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Aug 11, 2013 2:38:52 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2013 2:46:27 PM

  7. [ 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."

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 11, 2013 2:53:26 PM

  8. 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!)

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 11, 2013 3:08:48 PM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: Maleka | Aug 11, 2013 3:08:58 PM

  10. 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!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 11, 2013 3:33:48 PM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2013 3:38:38 PM

  12. 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.

    Posted by: DebbieoftheNorth | Aug 11, 2013 4:31:26 PM

  13. 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 !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 11, 2013 5:16:40 PM

  14. 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

    Posted by: Ray T | Aug 11, 2013 5:30:53 PM

  15. @Icebloo: No Fairies?

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 11, 2013 5:31:21 PM

  16. 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

    Posted by: Ray T | Aug 11, 2013 5:34:09 PM

  17. 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.

    Posted by: ali | Aug 11, 2013 5:40:02 PM

  18. 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.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 11, 2013 5:40:56 PM

  19. 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.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 11, 2013 5:57:19 PM

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

    Posted by: Mmike1969 | Aug 11, 2013 6:25:50 PM

  21. Wow I bet he can see Russia from his house.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 11, 2013 6:44:19 PM

  22. this pastor preaches the gospel of hate

    Posted by: RJ Abada OFM | Aug 11, 2013 11:50:18 PM

  23. Well, when you pass judgement on someone, you know what happens next!

    Posted by: Jiffy | Aug 12, 2013 12:09:14 AM

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

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 12, 2013 1:14:13 AM

  25. 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

    Posted by: L Goethe | Aug 12, 2013 4:28:35 AM

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