SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) – Some parents in Brunswick County are outraged after Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte recently cut ties with the scouts, saying they don't have a connection to Christ.
We reached out to the church, and now leaders have changed their minds. Pastor Joe Needham says their initial decision had nothing to do with the national Boy Scouts vote to allow gay people in their organization, but some people aren't buying that.
Don Robinson is the proud father of two young boys, one Cub Scout and one Boy Scout. He says the Boy Scouts organization has given his kids a chance to stay out of trouble and do something positive with their free time.
"It gives them a sense of pride," said Robinson. "They carry themselves well when in uniforms."
Robinson was furious when he found out that Calvary Baptist Church leaders decided to cancel their partnership with the Boy Scouts.
"I'm disgusted with the decision they made," said Robinson. "I feel it's more political than anything and it's not in the best interest of kids."
"We as a church have the mission of spreading Christ Jesus," said Pastor Joe Needham. "The Boy Scouts don't have that mission."
Needham claims the decision had nothing to do with the Boy Scouts move to let gays in their organization.
"We allow homosexuals to come here and worship and sing and praise along with us," said Needham. "So that's not the issue at all."
"I disagree with that whole heartedly," said Robinson. "They're kicking us out based on the premise to allow those people in boy scouts, so to me, no they're not welcome."
After we started asking questions, church leaders changed their minds – allowing the scouts to stay after all. However, Robinson said the damage has been done.
"Strictly as a parent, my boys will not go there," said Robinson. "They're being hypocritical and changing their song. After you make a decision like that, you can't go back on that."
Robinson says the Boy Scouts of Troop 129 in Shallotte have already started making arrangements for the troop to meet at a different location.
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