In the stiffest backlash yet by a religious group to the Supreme Court ruling letting the Boy Scouts of America keep out gay members, Reform Jewish leaders want parents to take their children out of the Scouts, and synagogues not to sponsor Scout troops, The New York Times reported Jan. 10.
The fight over gay Scouts pits a traditional group that sees homosexuality as putting “family values” at risk and a minority religious group that sees discrimination against gays as violating civil rights, the Times said.
In a Jan. 5 memo to congregations, the Joint Commission on Social Action of the Reform movement asked congregations to cut ties to the Scouts, or at least publicly protest the Scouts’ policy by ending financial support or asking local Scout groups to rewrite their charters.
The memo recommends – but does not require – action by congregations.
Roughly two-thirds of Scout troops are sponsored by religious groups — but few by Jewish groups.
The 123,935 Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs have 3.4 million young people.
Jewish groups sponsor 277 of those, which have about 7,187 – not all of them Jews – belong.
The Reform Movement represents about 1,000 congregations and 40 percent of the 6 million U.S. Jews.
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